Telecommuting can be defined as working from the comfort of your home. Your employer may be situated miles away from you. Work duties can be accomplished by telephone, fax, and computer.
In light of the technological advances that have been made it seems that this is vey underutilized way of working. There are employers however, who do offer telecommuting as an option you do have to search for them, and usually you may be subjected to some requirements in order to be admitted.
Telecommuting opportunites have been available for a long time especially in areas of medical and legal transription. Those jobs basicly entail you to transcribe audio files that will be sent to you from your employer. The files are usually recorded by doctors or lawyers and they need a "hard" copy or written form of what was said. The job usually pays per line of typed information that you hear. One audio file can be any where from 15 pages of typed material which would be the equivalent of one hour and half of work. The main requirement for these types of jobs would be to get trained in transcription. There are course on line and off line that could be of assistance. In addition you may need to be familiar with medical and or legal terms to assist you in your transcription.
In more recent years, there seems to be a lot more services that are offering help desk representative and secretarial services as well. Again, with these services you will be doing work remotely for an employer that may be situated some distance from you. In a secretarial service you will provide a variety of services including answering telephones from your home location, typing, desk top publishing and payroll. As a customer service representative, you will be briefed by the employer on their product or their services. Your duties will include answering calls from customers on your home telephone, answering on line requests for information.
Theses are a few examples of the telcommuting work opportunities. The common theme behind telecommuting is that you will be paid per hour for your work as opposed to a per project basis.
The best way to for you to find these types of jobs would be to do a search on the internet under telecommuting. If this search yeilds fruitless, you may consider looking at popular job boards such as Kaboo.org, Craigslist.com, Hotjobs.com, and Careerbuilder. There is an option in their search for telecommute positions.
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