You may have heard about the benefits of telecommuting to your job and now you are ready to pull the trigger. One challenge that a great many face is the desire to telecommute but not knowing how to ask their boss. Many people are too afraid to even try because they don’t know how to and they will eventually scrap the notion altogether.  So, how can you improve your likelihood of succeeding?

The crucial elements to success are planning and identifying important objections that your boss will have beforehand. It's not difficult when you know how. Do you really want to telecommuting one or more days per week ? Are you visualizing how much better your life will be if you don’t have to drive to work 5 days every week?

Below are three critical steps to suggesting telecommuting to your boss:

1. First and foremost, list the benefits to the company. Why is this important? Your boss needs to understand that the company's bottom line is not being negatively affected.  Explain that one less person in the office will require less electrical and water use thus reducing utility costs.  Also, explain that you will get more done by working from home.

2. Assure your boss that your productivity will increase due to saved time. This will be significant because your boss does not want to get the impression that your days outside of the office will not be filled with chores and television. Be sure to note that you will get more work done if you are not spending time driving to and from work on telecommuting days. To strengthen your argument, give specific estimates of how many hours per day will be freed up to get more work done.

3. Explain how tasks can get done without physically being in your work space. Your boss needs to hear how you will be able work without direct access your computer, software, and telephone.  Discuss the tools that you will utilize to telecommute including your own home computer and telephone.  Your work computer can be remotely accessed with software like GoToMyPC, you can easily forward your phone calls to your home or cell phone, and be sure to mention how your progress can be checked by your boss if needed.  Suggest twice-a-day progress reports or emails and be ready to submit specific items throughout the day

For the best results in the desire to work from home, simply adhere to these 3 simple steps. Be sure to apply these to your own situation and be prepared to ease all of your bosses potential objections.  You will be surprised at how you can persuade with a little bit of preparation.  And remember, the worst that will probably happen is your boss will say no, but if you approach the situation with confidence, the chances of that are slim.