My Office Is the Internet
Have you ever looked up the
online PC Dictionary? The first sentence describes the Internet
as: "A global network connecting millions computers". I
have a different idea of what the Internet is. It should be described as,
"A global network connecting millions of people via their computers".
In 1997, I was working as an Apartment Leasing
Manager. Each night after work, I taught myself how to design web pages.
At first, the Internet was a mystery to me. I had no idea what ISP, FTP,
I soon realized that the Internet provided
a library of resources that could help me learn. Using search engines,
I found web pages for "newbies" designed by experienced Internet Developers.
I was relieved to see that people put these free resources on the Internet
so others like me can learn more about it.
One night while I was researching online, I
saw a banner ad for CareerMosaic.com.
I clicked through to the career and resume oriented web site and noticed
that it was free to submit a resume. I wasnít looking for a new career.
However, I was curious to see what would happen if I put my resume on their
web site. I typed a quick resume and submitted it.
Three weeks after I submitted my resume, I
unexpectedly received four phone calls from Recruiters. I explained to
the Recruiters that I worked onsite at the apartment development and wasnít
able to commute.
One of the Recruiters suggested that I work
from home and that he would suggest a new Telecommuting program to his
Manager. I went to interview and I was hired to work from home as a Technical
Internet Recruiting Assistant and Internet Marketing Representative.
Since Internet Development, Promotions, and
Recruiting were new to me, I had to visit as many web sites as I could
to research software, techniques, and suggestions. Iíd often send emails
to the Web Masters of the most helpful web sites and ask questions.
I soon found out that many of the people who
offer free advice on the Internet are Telecommuters as well. They are the
most supportive people Iíve ever had the pleasure of communicating with.
Since I work from home, I upgrade and maintain my own hardware and software.
Thereís always new technology to implement, and I can successfully do that
with the help of my Internet and Telecommuting colleagues.
Here are a few of my favorite Internet/Telecommuting
friends who have encouraged me along the way:
Developer of Lan Connections and
from home as VP for Resume Blaster. and
Kimberly Hargis, works from home as a Resume
Joan McCormick, works from home as an
Developer and Graphic Designer extraordinaire at
Dale LaFollette, sells
Motorphotos from his home
Promotions provides Sponsorship Services in Motorsports and publishes
SIM racing books from his home
Safety & Health Benefits Institute, promotes the health benefits
David Fleming, a
Karlton Coffin, an Internet Developer and Home
Recording Studio Producer provides Web Master links at his
These individuals are an inspiration to me. Iím
grateful for their support and advice. Iíve never met such a productive
group of people like these folks in any office environment. Once in a while,
I read that Telecommuters felt isolated while working at home and return
to work onsite. I donít feel isolated working from home. Iím glad that
Iíve made the Internet my office.
As my way of "giving back" to the Internet
Community what it gives to me, I provide my own free Internet and Telecommuting
sections at my personal site -
I hope that these resources are as valuable to others as they are to me.
If youíre currently considering working from
home, best of luck with your endeavors. Itís the best career I could ask
for. Iím sure it will be the same for you as well.
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