Can Working At Home Work For You?

More and more people are ditching the office and using computers to do their jobs from home. A look at the fast-growing telecommuting trend–and whether it’s right for you.

Sounds good, all right: no commute, and a dress code that includes pajamas. But before you rush to join the 15 million office workers who do all or part of their jobs at home, ask yourself: Are you able to turn your back on a pleading child? Willing to ignore piles of laundry and mounds of dishes for eight hours at a time? Ready to troubleshoot your own computer problems?

You can do it!

You can do it!

You might want to find out, because the opportunity to telecommute could come your way. Increasingly, major corporations like AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Merrill Lynch are offering this option to attract and keep employees, or to save money on real estate. Some are even providing salary bonuses as an incentive.

For seven years, Carla Trexler was a full-time insurance rep. Then, when she was pregnant with the second of her three children, she started working from home, doing part-time data entry for Office Remedies, a company based in Herndon, VA. “Telecommuting works great for me,” she ,says. “It’s wonderful to have the flexibility to be with my kids.”

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