Thirty-three percent of U.S. companies allow employees to telecommute

June 19, 2008

This year's skyrocketing gas prices are enough to make even the most diehard office suck-ups fantasize about finding a job that lets them telecommute. But is finding a new job that lets you work from home a realistic goal or just a pipe dream?

Thirty-three percent of U.S. companies allow employees to telecommute on a part-time basis, while 21 percent allow it full-time, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

In other words, although work-at-home jobs do exist, they remain few and far between.

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Of course, not all professions are telecommuting-friendly. If you don't work in information technology, sales, customer service, creative services such as writing and Web design, or support services such as administration and finance, you'll probably be hard-pressed to find a job that lets you work from home on a regular basis.

For the sake of argument, though, let's say your vocation does fall into the telecommuting-friendly category. What tools can you use to find the employers and job openings that will let you work from home one, two, even five days a week?

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