Is Working From Home Right For You?

Most people’s eyes light up when I tell them that I work from home!

Think about it.. No hour-long commute to work, no dress-code to follow. You’re your own boss, so anything goes. But there’s a downside for sure.

If you don’t perform, you don’t get paid!

If you decide to be lazy, you won’t generate any income. If you sleep in until 10am, take a 2 hour lunch, and then quit at 4pm to play Xbox, you’re probably going to fail. Truth be told, I probably put in more hours now than when I was working “for the man”.

It takes a certain amount of discipline to do what we do, and even I have days where I just can’t get motivated for whatever reason. Yesterday, I found every excuse in the book to procrastinate, but I finally got my work done.. (At 7pm)

The other big adjustment is the lack of social interaction. Sure, you can chat with folks on Twitter and Facebook, but it’s not really the same. I tried meeting up with my old co-workers for lunch from time to time, but eventually we grew apart. It’s hard because they don’t really get what I’m doing, and there’s a bit of a disconnect.

On the flip side, there are TONS of benefits to working from home. Freedom is my biggie. I can do what I want, when I want. If I want to jump on a plane and go to Miami for a week or two, I can do that. No worries about vacation time and coverage back at work. 🙂

At the end of the day, you really need to think about it and decide if working from home is right for you.

It’s a great lifestyle, but it’s not for everyone.

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