Chapter 3

Preparing for Your Career as a Virtual Team Member

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Asking yourself if you really want to work remotely

check Putting together a flexible work option proposal

check Scoping out a workplace for you

check Building your brand: You, Inc.

Working virtually from a home office where you never have to get out of your sweatpants and your puppy gets to snuggle at your feet every day sounds dreamy. In fact, millions of people are attracted to virtual work options and thousands of people are living this reality around the world.

Just a decade ago, many businesses and organizations never would have considered allowing their employees working remotely. Today, remote work is on the rise and is the future of how the global workforce gets work done. According to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, 43 percent of U.S. workers now work remotely part of the time, up from 9 percent just 10 years ago.

Many reasons justify this shift, and this chapter focuses on you, the worker, who is interested in transitioning to working remotely in your current position or ...

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