Whether you’re a freelancer or permanent employee, if you telecommute you have to be better than everyone who goes into the office. After working from home for almost 15 years, I learned that many companies want to embrace telecommuting. However, they’re either worried about what will happen when staff are out of sight or they’ve been burned by people who have worked (from home) for them in the past but didn’t pull their weight.
As a freelance writer, I am always on the hunt for new clients. However, I’m finding that more potential clients are relating bad experiences with telecommuters. For example, freelancers who accept projects only to “flake out” and disappear when deadline time comes along. I’ve also worked on full-time remote teams where certain team members spent more time hanging out on Facebook and binge watching TV than they did on their jobs. I’m not saying this is the norm. However, with more people telecommuting than ever, the bad apples stand out. As a result, some clients and businesses who hired telecommuters in the past won’t do so anymore.