‘Full-time earnings on part-time hours — Fill out surveys for $90/hr from your home computer!’
‘Average $4000 a month on 20 minutes of work a day… in your pajamas.’
‘Hiring full-time virtual assistants to support international client base.’
If you’ve dabbled a bit in this thing called the internet, you’ve probably, at some point or another, seen opportunities similar to the ones above and wondered if they were legitimate. All this week, the Honolulu Careers Examiner will take a look at the employment scene from the work-from-home perspective — that is, opportunities that allow people to bring their day jobs into the comforts of home.
There are many angles to the work-from-home concept. For example, big-name employers like Deloitte and Cisco have taken notice on the benefit of giving people the chance to telecommute, at least part of the time, for their full-time positions. In fact, having the ability to telecommute in a job is viewed among the best benefits given to employees, as noted by the 2011 Best Companies To Work For survey conducted by CNN. At many of these companies on the list, full-time employees were allowed to work from home at least 20% of the time — that’s at least one day a week, on a regular basis. With savings on gas and other transportation costs, along with the hours spent in the commute to and from the office, it’s not a surprise that companies have seen a rising trend in adopting a telecommute policy for their employees.
The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), a national organization focused on human resources issues in the workplace, reported that nearly a third of 1,400 chief financial officers surveyed in 2011 cite either an adoption or change of their organizations’ policies to accomodate their workforce for remote work.
Bringing your 9-to-5 to the home environment isn’t the only way people are taking advantage of the work-from-home situation. Many professionals — those currently working and the unemployed — are picking up freelance projects through websites like Elance and Odesk. Have excellent graphic design skills? A superb knack for data-entry detail? You can bid on projects posted by clients anywhere in the world, and perform them from wherever you choose. Oh, and, get paid.
While websites like these offer a tremendous opportunity to connect talent with companies looking for a specific skillset and who don’t necessarily want to spend lots of money advertising, there is no shortage of critics of these bid-and-proposal driven sites. We’ll get into these criticisms, as well as the benefits, later this week.