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Conclusion: Next Steps

Working at home is not for everyone, even though each of the concerns addressed in this chapter can be effectively addressed. Telecommuting, whether you are an independent contractor or a corporate employer, requires a greater degree of trust and self-discipline—on the part of both the company and the worker.

The nature of the work must be evaluated more by its effectiveness than the time it takes to complete. In effect, even the person who is employed by a company must view his work with a project/contract mentality. Work-at-home employees must be responsible for achieving key project milestones in a given time frame. Whether the employee performs that work between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. becomes far less relevant.


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