What is Everyones Opinion on Working From Home?

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Registered: 02-21-2007
What is Everyones Opinion on Working From Home?
Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:54pm

What is your opinion on working from home?  Why or Why not?

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Registered: 03-22-2012
Mon, 02-24-2014 - 5:12pm

I've worked from home for most of the past 15 years. I never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, or work-at-home mom, but I got thrown into it. I wouldn't have changed it for the world. I am not a "Happy Homemaker" and I would never dream of homeschooling my kids, so when I'm in my office, I am working. I don't get distracted by cleaning or laundry that needs to be done. Though not always, I usually had enough flexibility in my schedule to attend my kids school events/functions, like book fairs, field trips and field days. After about 5 years, I did get the itch to go back to an office environment. At least that's what I thought until I was forced back. It was horrible for me and my kids.

Now finding a work-at-home positions can be tricky, depending on what you are looking for. I was able to take my office job with me when we moved out of state. Since then, I have worked for 2 other companies in the same industry, but have found my skills to be non-transferrable to other industries. When I found myself between jobs, or just looking for some extra income, I searched the internet for at-home jobs. Found some not legit. Found others that were legit, but paid next to nothing. I'm not saying there are no legit jobs out there that pay, but for me, the only option that I saw potential in was a home business. Now, even though I am working a full-time job from home, I am still building my home business in hopes of quitting my job.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 02-24-2014 - 7:06pm

Not a good idea if you do not have a lot of self-discipline, if you are a person who needs a lot of social interaction, or your family will not respect that you are not available during working hours.

The self-discipline part covers a lot of areas, both in terms of self-starting and staying focused, and ignoring distractions that your home may have that a workplace does not (like a tv or chores or unrestricted internet); but also being able to separate yourself from work when its time to be in "home" mode. 

There are some real plusses such as no commute, you may not need an extensive business wardrobe, sometimes you can set your own hours or have more flexibility. No interruptions from coworkers who stop by your desk or office without an appointment (good or bad depending on your POV).

I can't give a blanket "good or bad" answer because it would vary depending on the particulars of each situation.

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Registered: 07-13-2008
Wed, 04-30-2014 - 9:08pm

Working from home for some is more challenging, because balancing home and work at home is a lot harder then if you have a job away from home. I am currently working at home and with my husband (and kids for that matter). Our goal is for the work from home business to eventually be our main income. I have worked from home for someone about 5 years ago and it was very hard to balance home and work only because telling my kids I could not help them or talk to them at the time broke my heart. At any rate that is my experience with it. Good luck! Smile