Can you work without the need for direct supervision? Do you need constant feedback to guide your work or are you a go-getter; better at working alone as your own boss? Do you constantly need to communicate and connect with others and not be confined to being alone, isolated on your own island in your own world? Are you a mother who has to take care of your child? These are but some of the simplest of questions that can weigh on those considering working from home. Through modern technology, the idea of working and getting paid while at home has become a not-so-alien concept. Here we discuss some of the common characteristics that would make an individual ideal for this type of situation. We will also talk about the pros and cons that come with working from the confines of ones own home.
The most basic question you should ask yourself is “Can I do this work from home?” Since the Internet makes it easy to bring work to home, most companies have adopted the option of letting their employees enjoy the benefit of bringing work home. From the employer’s standpoint, it not only reduces the amount of office space needed but allows for more output through more flexible work schedules. Companies who offer such flexibility attract more job candidates, especially to those who cannot commit to a nine to five schedule. This also allows employees to meet personal obligations and, thusly, decreases absenteeism. Nowadays, there are many different types of work that require only a computer and an Internet connection in order for a worker to do their job. Some of these jobs include research over the Net, transcription, letter writing, term paper writing, coding, customer service support, and many more.
Remember, if you work from home you must be able to fully utilize your time to work from home successfully – you must be goal-oriented and disciplined. Since there is no boss to report to and no set schedule to follow, it is very easy to forget to make time and effort and to get productive work done and make a profit. It is wise to consider whether you can work without technical support. If you are able to troubleshoot and handle technical problems without the help of technicians so that your work is not delayed, working from home may be ideal. Another factor to consider is workspace. Since the bedroom is conducive for sleeping and should be limited to sleeping, does you have a work area that can double as an office that is free from distractions? It is best to assess the type of equipment and connectivity you may need for work to flow uninterrupted and all other back-up systems that would normally be provided in an office setting. An example would be a contingency in case of power disruption, which would inevitably delay output. This is very important in cases where work is dependent on turnaround time and should be considered in the planning stage.
Now we come to the pros of working from home.
At the top of the list is, of course, being your own boss. Working at home not only provides money but provides the individual with independence and flexibility. You keep your own hours, wake up when you want, sleep when you feel like it, eat while working – pretty much anything you want to do. For parents, especially, working from home is indispensable to their family, allowing them to be able to stay home yet still provide income. For parents it also cuts down on travel time and reduces the costs of transportation.
On the downside, working at home may not be as easy at it sounds. Work may not always be steady or guaranteed and, for this type of work setting to be effective, it requires a lot of motivation without the help of others. If you can work alone with little or no human contact, then there is no question of suitability. However, it is also a common fact that happy employees are also more productive employees. Being in the company of cheerful people boosts ones mood, hence, boosting morale and individual predisposition. One of the greatest hurdles will probably be in trying to avoid feelings of disconnection, which can hamper motivation. You also would not have the option of technical expertise and support that’s provided in an office setting. This can be especially difficult in cases where technical knowledge is limited, even if the person has a good base of knowledge. Career advancement may also seem lacking since there is no corporate ladder to climb and one person must do all of the work.
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They are those little pieces of plastic that we all love so much. Convenient and fast, credit cards are a staple of American finances. With all the ease of credit cards come a few problems like overspending and fraud. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you use your credit cards smartly and safely.
On a typical day you may write a check at the grocery store, apply for a new credit card, make a charge purchase at the mall and receive your bank statement in the mail. For each of these transactions, personal information is shared. These transaction include your bank or credit card account numbers, your income, your name, address and phone number and your social security number. This information can get into the wrong hands and can be used without your knowledge.
It can take up twelve months for you to realize you have been a victim of identity theft. It can cost hundreds of dollars and countless hours repairing the damage done to your credit record. You may even miss out on job opportunities or be denied loans because of the negative effects this had on your credit report.
Here are some of the most common ways thieves steal your identity:
- Skimming – Credit/debit card numbers are stolen by using a special storage device when processing your card.
- Phishing – Thieves pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send messages to victims to attempt to secure personal information. When this is done via the phone it is referred to as pretexting.
- Dumpster Diving – Trash is searched. Looking for bills or other personal information.
- Stealing – Stolen wallets and purses or mail which may include bank statements, new checks or tax information. Personnel records can be taken from an employer.
Once your personal information is obtained thieves open new credit accounts in your name or run up charges on your existing accounts. The billing address is changed so it will take you some time before you realize there is a problem. Thieves may also use your name to open a cell phone account or take out a bank loan. They can create counterfeit checks using your name and account number or open a new account and write bad checks. In extreme cases they can apply for a drivers license with your name and their picture.
Identity theft is a growing crime. Last year more than 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft and it cost them roughly 5 billion dollars. You need to know how to protect yourself. Some simple steps include:
- Shred all your personal information before you throw it in the garbage- this should include charge receipts, credit card offers and bank statements.
- Do not carry many credit cards with you. Also do not carry your checkbook, social security card, birth certificate or passport.
- Be aware when using an ATM as to who is nearby. Do not throw your receipt in the trash nearby.
- Never give out personal information like your credit card or bank account number over the phone or through the mail unless you initiated the contact or you are dealing with a legitimate business. Also secure such personal information in your home.
- Review your credit reports at least once year.
- Deposit all mail in U.S. Postal Service collection boxes. Do not leave mail in your mailbox overnight or over the weekend. If you will be away, request a vacation hold from the post office.
- Monitor your bank and credit card statements monthly.
- When ordering new checks, pick them up at your bank rather than having them mailed to you.
- Update your computer’s virus protection software regularly Do not open emails from strangers sent to you. Use a firewall and a strong password.
You should also be on the lookout for signs that identity theft may be taking place. These can include:
- Receiving credit cards you did not apply for
- Not receiving your bills or other mail
- Receiving calls from debt collectors for merchandise or services you did not buy
- Denial of credit for no reason
If you are a victim of identity theft, take these steps as soon as possible:
- Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review them.
- Close all the accounts you know or think were tampered with by calling the security department of each company. Then follow up in writing via certified mail. Keep copies of your letters got your records.
- File a police report and get a copy for your records.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
If you use this knowledge to protect yourself you can make a thieves’ job more difficult. You can also educate your family and friends. Awareness and managing your personal information carefully can minimize your risk.