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By: Sylvie Fortin

Did you know that all successful telecommuters share four basic personality traits? That's right; ALL successful telecommuters have four winning qualities that help catapult them to the top of their game. To help you on your way to becoming the next most successful telecommuter, I've assembled the following list of personality quirks that exist in ALL successful telecommuters.

If there is something on this list that doesn't sound like you, don't worry! Learning what you need to be is part of learning how to get work from home. Even if you weren't born with these traits, you can definitely learn them.

  1. Self-Motivated. This is the number one personality trait you must have in order to be successful. This means that you are completely reliant on your own steam to get things done. You don't need a boss looking over your shoulder. You don't need anyone to remind you about deadlines. You tend to find your own answers instead of asking others to answer your questions for you.
  2. Obsessive-Compulsive. Granted, using the term that is most commonly associated with having a “disorder” is a little odd. However, this particular personality quirk is also critically important when you work from home. To be a successful telecommuter, you have the type of personality that feels compelled to finish what you start, no matter how much it may inconvenience you to do so. When you begin a project, you will never rest until that project is finished. You may be sick as a dog but will keep working until the job is finished, knowing that the deadline is too critical to miss. You simply refuse to fail. You are someone who will stay up all night if that's what it takes to complete a project.
  3. Perfectionist. This refers to individuals who are never quite satisfied with the work that they do. You're the kind of person who is fussy about the details and will drive yourself nuts if you make mistakes. You are more likely to find your own mistakes, rather than wait for someone else to point them out to you. If you miss one of your own errors, and your boss or client points it out to you, you tend to have an emotional reaction to it and tend to go ‘above and beyond' the call of duty to not only fix your mistake, but make up for it to the client in some way.
  4. Cheerful and Optimistic. This personality trait needs to be in place before you should consider working from home. You need to be the kind of person who sees the rainbow in every thunderstorm, views the glass as half full rather than half empty, and looks for the light at the end of every tunnel. Sure, this sounds kind of fluffy and silly, but if you have this kind of personality trait, you will be able to weather every storm and confidently handle the stress that goes along with working from home.

When you have the above set of personality quirks, you definitely are well-equipped to handle the difficult times. Not only will you be able to handle the stages when you don't have projects to work on, you will also be able to handle the projects as they happen.

You won't be the type of person who disappoints employers and you will definitely become one of those rare gems that employers tend to rely on for lots of different projects. This keeps you employed for ever because you live and breathe success and independence. If you don't have all of these traits, don't worry; start cultivating each in your daily work and before you know it, you'll be the most successful telecommuter you know!