Career Path Decided at the Pump?

By: Dana Wallert

As gas prices continue to skyrocket, more and more people are beginning to look at their work at home options. Many people who have never considered the non-traditional workplace are taking it more seriously.

Work at home used to be one of those phrases that often met with that look. You know, that disapproving look that your mother gave you when you said you wanted to take a break from school to "find yourself" or that the dent was in the car before you took it. Most people envisioned a career from home to be sitting on your couch stuffing envelopes or being on the phone all day selling magazine subscriptions. People did not consider at home jobs as "real jobs."

Those traditional work at home jobs still exist, but the range of other options is literally endless. The explosion of the internet, that seems to be continuing without end in sight, makes working from a home office a viable option in almost any field.

You can find thousands of virtual assistants, internet marketers, customer service agents, insurance salespeople, and freelancers in almost any field joining the work at home force everyday. A lot of these people started working at home to be able to spend more time with their families. Maybe they simply wanted to start their own business, and financially, a home office was the only way feasible. Working at home has also become a way for people who are unable to work in a traditional setting due to disabilities to take back control of their lives.

These days, the cost of driving to and from work everyday is forcing people to take a look at ways to cut costs. The price of gas does not seem to be going down anytime soon. It might sound like a minimal impact on your finances at first. However, so many people live in suburbs or bedroom communities and have such a long commute that their salaries are simply being eaten up at the gas pump.

These people are the ones who are becoming more open to the option of telecommuting or working at home. More businesses are also paying attention. There are many companies that are offering full time telecommuting or some combination of on-site and off-site options to employees.

So, if you're feeling like you've been punched in the stomach every morning at the gas station register filling up to go in to work, start exploring your options. There might just be more alternatives than you think!

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