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Telecommuting: The Dream Job Has Come

By Johnny Spence

I am sure most would agree that a dream job would be one where you schedule your own hours, work out of your home and get paid well doing it. There has always been a small percentage of the work force population who have had this type of position ever since the dawning of the internet.

Today, however, is a whole new ballgame. Job positions in a wider variety of career fields are now in the form of telecommuting jobs that do not require or require minimal visits at the job location. Nearly one hundred percent of the work can be done in the comfort of your home and communication done simply by phone and email.

Though these positions may seem too good to be true, they actually exist for most careers and many small and large companies are incorporating telecommuting as a part of their working environment. Not only this, but many websites have emerged to cater specifically to telecommuting jobs by bringing together the freelance telecommuter and companies and individuals who want to contract them. These are also known as work exchanges., a work exchange set up in 2002, has developed into one of the more reputable work exchanges on the internet. They allow companies or individuals looking for help to post projects or job postings on their website. Then, have freelance contractors place bids on them. Good matches to specific projects can therefore be obtained through the best bid.

Interestingly enough, Elance allows for these companies and individuals to post their projects and openings with no charge, but require freelancers to pay a membership fee and a small percentage of wages received from their employers. This model almost insures a steady supply of work available and higher quality freelancers to complete it.

Elance is by no means the only work exchange available on the internet. Others, such as, and have been around a while and cater the same services in the growing trend of telecommuting. Also, given the worldwide access to these exchanges, employers and freelancers are in abundance and will only increase in the future.

It is worth a try to check out websites like Elance and take a look at the types of work available. Many projects available stand a good chance of involving your career specialty or even a different field you are familiar with. Ideally, you can sign up, bid and work on projects you win on a part time basis to see if telecommuting is for you.

Another alternative to a telecommuting position is to develop a plan for doing your job as a telecommuter and subjecting your boss to the idea. You may be surprised that your work might be more efficiently done from home or away from the office. If you can convince your boss of that, too, then you might be in luck.

Being a telecommuter no longer has to be thought of as a job position for the extremely lucky. Tomorrow could see you happily working at home and skipping that daily commute through rush hour traffic. Better yet, you could be on a nice Mediterranean island. After all, you no longer would have to show up to work.
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By Johnny Spence Author of The Rookie Freelance Job Guide: Find Freelance Jobs Today!

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