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I realized at a recent dinner party that the majority of people I know now work from home. This includes self-employed entrepreneurs like me as well as former office workers who have convinced management to allow them to work remotely. Many use this freedom to travel, while others just work from home.

This is a trend that is increasing as technological growth has enabled many office workers to telecommunicate. A Forrester survey expects the number of telecommuters to reach 63 million by 2016. This infographic you can view here best illustrates the trend. Check it out:

 

The common opposition to telecommunicating is that people who work from home will produce less without the watchful eyes of supervisors monitoring their work habits.  However, a Staples survey reveals that the opposite is actually true in this article.

86% say they are more productive, while most also say they have less stress, eat healthier, and are more willing to put in extra time and grow more loyal to their companies.  This information flies in the face of what many of our nation’s bosses still believe.

You can use this information as ammunition if you want to convince your supervisor that they should let you work from home.   Here are three good points to make your case for telecommuting:

  1. It Saves Your Company Money – Working from home you use less physical office space, use your own utilities, and you’re less likely to catch the flu while transporting to work.  All of this saves money for your company.
  2. Telecommunicating Builds Loyalty – Statistically, telecommuters are happier, less stressed, and more loyal to their companies.  A happy worker is a productive worker and also one less likely to leave the company, forcing your supervisors to scramble for a replacement.
  3. It Improves the Environment – If your boss cares anything about the environment, you could make a strong case for how much energy is conserved and how much pollution is eliminated by working from home.  In a Cisco survey, they reported a 47,000 metric ton reduction of greenhouse emissions through more telecommuting.

Now once you have that home office set up, it doesn’t mean you will instantly be more productive.  It takes careful time management and practice to be a self-productive worker.  I have shared some tips on this in the past that are worth taking a look at again:

Time Management Tools You Must Know – Reduce negative relationships, look at the big picture, and don’t beat yourself up about “wasting” time.

50+ Achievable Tasks in Under 15 Minutes – Think 15 minutes isn’t enough to do anything useful?  Think again with this list of 50 items you can accomplish in 15 minutes or less.

The Affordable (and Green!) Home Office – Just because you’re fitting the bill for your home office, doesn’t mean it can’t be affordable.  And with these tips you can also be eco-friendly.

How to Be More Productive:  Let Go of Perfection – Check out this video on how perfectionism can sometimes lead to procrastination and how to manage a DIY perfectionist attitude.

What other benefits have you discovered after moving from an office worker to remote worker?  What would you say to a boss to convince them to let you work from home?  Share your tips below.

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