Do you work remotely/telecommute?
I own a business. I work from 9:30 to 5:00 at the office. In addition I am working a couple hours at home in the morning and a few hours at home every evening. I work several hours per day on weekends. Some of that is at the office and some is at home.
Doesn't every business owner telecommute outside of business hours?
This is my third career. I worked the same kinds of hours in two previous careers, most of that before telecommuting was even thought of - but it was same stuff in a different age. However, the first two careers I worked for a salary. Now I am working for profits. Nobody should work these kinds of hours for salary. I was dumb for two careers. Instead of working those kinds of hours for organizations who were using me I should have owned a business.
My employees are all paid by the hour. I believe that they deserve to be paid for every hour that they work.
If you work all day at the office and then telecommute at night without overtime pay, think about quitting your job and starting a business. Very few people make great money working for salary, because the organizations that they are working for are grinning. They pay you by the month instead of by the hour for a reason.
Would you hire a telecommuter and why/why not?
My business is small enough - three people - that everybody does a little bit of everything everyday. Everybody is on-deck during their work hours. We might get a truck delivery and you will be needed to pull in a couple pallets, check in the goods and put them in their place on the warehouse floor. We might get a big order and you will be needed to prepare merchandise or help with pack and shipping. When our shippers arrive someone needs to unlock, give them a hand, lock the doors behind them - this happens two or three times a day. Many of your tasks will be new and you will be needed here for training or help figure out how to get new problems solved. You must be here to answer the phone, kick out solicitors, reboot a router, shovel a little snow, accommodate inspectors, meet with vendors, hang up on telemarketers, go to the store, discuss orders with suppliers, kill a few stinkbugs, and wear an occasional janitor hat. You need to know how to do most of your co-workers duties and fill in for them when they take time off or are sick.
Telecommuters can't do most of this stuff. We are not going to create a telecommuter job because if we get another worker we want them to pull in a few pallets, shovel some snow when needed, and wear the janitor hat their fair share of the time.
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Yes, you can quote if anything is useful.