Your proposal should convince your employer that your suggested work arrangement is both viable and stands to benefit the company. Keep one overriding question in mind as you create your proposal–What’s in it for your employer?

Other suggestions:

  • Write and present your proposal in a professional manner. It should be typewritten in memo or report format, free of grammatical and spelling errors, and presented in a meeting specially scheduled to go over the details.
  • Have a co-worker or career-savvy acquaintance read your proposal and comment on it before you present it to your supervisor.
  • Avoid emotion. Instead, address the issue from the perspective of tangible benefits your employer will receive.
  • Anticipate and prepare answers to any questions or objections your supervisor may have.
  • Detail your responsibilities and how much work you’ll accomplish.
  • If you have children, address the issue of childcare so your employer will know you’re actually working during your “office” hours.

If your request is denied, ask for specific reasons why. Then you can go back to the drawing board, rethink your arrangement and craft a new proposal addressing your employer’s objections.