I started working from home almost 20 years ago now, in 1992, if I recall correctly. Perhaps it was late 1991. At the time, I remember, there was quite a buzz about working from one’s house. It was kind of the “in” thing to do, although to be honest, not many people were doing it. It was what everybody wanted to do.
As the ’90s became more mature, it actually became much easier to actually work from home. Even if you had an office with some big company, the Internet actually made it possible to get much of your work done no matter where you were physically located. Oh, if you needed to have a face to face meeting with somebody you might have to stop by the office one or two afternoons per week. But, for researching, writing reports, or whatever, you could get it done as easily at home as you could do at the office. Of course, often the big stumbling block was whether or not your boss would give the idea his “thumbs up.”
Now, 15 to 20 years later, there are more people working from home than before, but I am not sure that it is as widely desired, or talked about. Maybe fewer people are considering it an option these days, or are afraid to “rock the boat” by asking permission to work from home. Because of the bad economy worldwide, a lot of people don’t want to ask for special perks these days.
Working from home is not easy. It takes some fairly serious adjustment. This is especially true if you have a family and young children. Teaching the kids that “Daddy is working right now” (or Mommy!) is not easy to do. The kid’s thing that if you are home, they are free to come in and talk or play. Hey, I love my kids, but I am also responsible for feeding them, providing them a home and clothing them, and that means that I have to work. It takes time to adjust to these kinds of situations.
Another thing that requires adjustment is teaching yourself that at certain times, you are at work, even though it is in your home. Just because you like what is on TV right now does not mean that you should break away from your job to go watch! Or, if you do go watch the TV show that you like, you still have to put in time later to make sure you work a full day. Doing less is not fair to your employer, or if you are self-employed it is not fair to yourself!
As I said, I have had home-based businesses for nearly 20 years now. I love working at home. Yes, there are challenges, but they can be overcome with discipline and a good work ethic. Once you overcome those challenges, working from home is truly a liberating experience. I don’t think I could ever go back to working outside my home. It just wouldn’t feel natural to me anymore.
With the Internet, you can work at home too! Let me help you make the adjustment!
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