How do I ask my boss for work from home
“What a life” – I have heard people say this on numerous occasions, referring to the life of a virtual worker. The thing is, with technology advances, improved remote communication tools and new systems in “the cloud” the opportunity to work from home, or work remotely (at least part of the time) is now available to almost everyone.
Have you ever considered how your current job could be done from home or a remote office? Don’t dismiss the idea too quickly. With the right tools and equipment it’s absolutely possible. I know a number of people in various occupations who have convinced their boss that it’s a great idea for them to work remotely.
Who’s Successfully Doing Their Day-Job From a Remote Office?
Here’s a few examples of people I’ve seen move out of the boss’ office and into their own …
- Secretary does her job from home as a Virtual Assistant
- Accountant logs in from his remote office and does his work from there
- Web developer moves out from the company office and works from London
- Travel consultant works from anywhere in the world
- Real estate agent is no longer tied to the office desk
- Medical transcriber moves out from the busy distracting office to the comfort of her home
- Typist moves to Asia and volunteers in the community
- Retail assistant goes online and starts selling using e-marketing methods
These people are doing it, and you can too. With the right planning and tools you can take your current day job and do it from home. But, you may say … “my boss will never agree to it.” You may think you’ll never be able to convince your boss to you working from home.
How to Convince Your Boss That You Working From Home Is a Great Idea! Continue reading
Check out these nine symptoms below that may be signs that you’re ready to switch to working virtual online. It may be the perfect time to ask your boss to work from home.
#1 You dread going to work each day and dread having to face your boss and/or co-workers
#2 You’re so sick and tired of traveling to work and back in the stressful traffic every day
#3 Your head is always in your work; you’re stressed and feel you have no work life balance
#4 Trying to stay focused amongst all the office politics is proving impossible
#5 Constant interruptions plague your work day and you never seem to get ahead in your work
#6 You dream of a flexible work schedule where you can work online and change your hours when you need
#7 Exhaustion has you feeling like work is out of control – you’re all work and no play
#8 You long for the “work from home” lifestyle – being able to work where you want (perhaps even travel)
#9 You just want to show up to the office in your pajamas
If you’re showing any of the symptoms outlined above, perhaps it’s a sign that you need to consider taking your job online and start working remotely or working virtual from home! Which brings us to the very next important question of HOW to ask to work from home?
For the answer click here to find out “How To Ask Your Boss To Work From Home – and Get Them To Say “Yes”
Before you send an email to your boss about working from home ask yourself …
Do I want to work from home for this one off occasion or is working from home something I want to do long-term?
The way you answer that question will greatly impact the way you ask for work from home and the words you use. The way you ask the question and the words you use will, in turn greatly impact the outcome of whether you actually do get to work from home not!
The idea of working virtual is slowly becoming more easily accepted in the workplace. However, there are still many business managers that can be close minded about the idea. That’s why you need to ask the right way to get your manager to say “yes” to your work-
Work From Home Short-Term Request
If you plan to work from home for a one-off occasion or short-term you’ll need to consider the following factors in your
- The reason why you want to work from home
- How long you plan to work from home
- How you address the request. Consider the seniority of your role within the business and your relationshipwith your manager or the person you’re asking for work from home.
- The communication style of your manager – eg. Would a face-to-face request or phone-call be more appreciated
- How you working remotely from home (even for a short period) will impact the rest of the team
- What arrangements you’ve made to ensure your work quality and productivity isn’t affected negatively
Work From Home Long-Term Request
If your ultimate goal is to join the ranks of global virtual workers on a long-term basis, then there are more factors to consider before you just go and send an email. Here are 10 steps to consider before you ask for work from home…
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Do you dream about the “work from home” lifestyle, without the daily grind of commuting to work? Are you depressed and tired because your work seems to dominate your life and you just know working from home will give you a better work/life balance?
Do you want to keep your career while having flexible work options and time to spend with loved ones and family?
Do you just want to show up for work in your PJ’s?
If you answered “YES” to these questions, you may be ready to ask your boss if you can start working from home. But before you rush in and ask the question, or send in an ill-prepared email that will only annoy your boss and team, take the quiz below to see if you are REALLY ready to start working from home?
DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SENDING AN EMAIL TO YOUR BOSS ASKING TO WORK FROM HOME UNTIL YOU’VE READ THIS!
Below are 10 steps you need to take before you ask if you can work from home. These steps are proven to be successful => they have been tried and tested and they work. If you want to get your boss to agree to you working from home, start with these 10 simple steps to ensure your success.
#1 Be clear about the reason you want to work from home. Knowing your “why” is what will give you the determination to ask the work from home question.
#2 Get to know what’s really involved first! Get a thorough understanding of what’s involved with working from home. Do you know all the positives as well as the negatives associated with working from home? Continue reading
It’s easy _ your first client could be your boss OR your ex-boss …
We’ve had a number of people contact us lately for some advice on how to ask the boss to work from home. Asking the boss to work from home is a great way to get your virtual assistant business going without actually quitting your day job.
In fact, I got my first taste of the “work from home” virtual work lifestyle when I started working my day job from home. And wasn’t it great!!! I highly recommend it, for a number of reasons!
So what can you do to get your boss to agree to you working from home? On an upcoming call we’re going to take you through step-by-step and show you exactly what you need to do, to ask your boss for work from home and how to get them to agree!
As as a little taster here is summary of the 10 Essentials you need to know before you ask your boss to work from home.
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Today one of our readers asked this question…
“I want to work from home, but how do I email my boss to ask for work from home”
The thing is, suggesting to your boss that you want to work from home isn’t always as simple as sending an email. In fact, just charging forward and sending an email to your boss could ruin your chances to work from home right up front! A lot depends on how forward thinking your boss is and how open your boss is to change and trying new things. It will also depend a lot on what you’re currently doing in your role and if there is flexibility for alternative work arrangements or an alternative work schedule.
You need to have a plan and adjust your tactics according to your role and circumstance. If your boss is someone not likely to consider a new way of doing things, you might like to “test the waters” by doing a small project from home demonstrating the effectiveness and benefits of a work from home agreement.
Below I have outlined 6 steps to help you with your work from home request. Continue reading