Telecommuting is working from your home or a location other than that of your employer while communicating with your employer through the use of Internet, e-mail, and faxes. Many companies have workers who telecommute and many employees find sending their completed work through e-mail or fax at home a feasible and profitable alternative to commuting to an office. Depending on your situation, telecommuting might be beneficial. If you have responsibilities that keep you tied to your house, but you still wish to remain employed with your current company, telecommuting might be an option. While it may not be the decisive factor, whether or not you require face-to-face interaction with clients or co-workers on an everyday basis may limit the effectiveness of telecommuting. For this reason, many telecommuting jobs involve data-entry work, clerical work, writing and editing work, and other positions in which you can perform your job alone. A computer with e-mail, word processing abilities, Internet access and a modem, telephone, and fax machine might outfit a home office with the optimal telecommuting conditions. Since you'll probably rely heavily on the Internet and e-mail to communicate back and forth with your office if you're a telecommuter, you may want to inquire about the availability of high-speed Internet access services in your area such as cable modem or digital subscriber line. Whether or not your employer will supply the necessary equipment depends on your company's policies towards telecommuters.
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