When it comes to savings, working from home is a great way to save on work related expenses. No special clothing is required, transportation costs to an from work are eliminated, there's no day care for the kids, and the list goes on.
Working from home doesn't necessarily mean having to change jobs or start up a new home based business. And it doesn't need to be full-time. You may already have a job that could be converted to a telecommuting (or teleworking) position, even if it's only 1 or 2 days a week. According to the International Telework Association,two days per week is the national average.
Although many jobs are not conducive to telework, others may be a good fit. This could be a way for you to maintain the work-life balance that your family needs. Especially in instances where commuting back and forth to work significantly increases time away from home.
When it comes to savings, everyone's circumstances are different. To give you an idea of how much you can save just in driving expenses alone, try the Telework Calculator at govloop.com. The calculator will show you the annual total cost savings, hours of productivity saved, productivity gained from time savings, annual vehicle savings and annual pollutant reduction levels. These calculations may also help you state your case to your supervisor, and show the potential cost savings by teleworking.
If this sounds like an interesting concept to you, you'll want to read this article from Quintessential Careers on things to consider and how to present a telecommuting proposal to your boss.