Do You Have What It Takes To Work At Home?

| November 5, 2007


Many of us involved with blogging and other Internet marketing endeavors have a dream to work at home. I know I do. And when I am home I do spend a lot of time working.

But, ultimately, I would love to work on my writing and blogging projects all day, and then instead of taking a break to go to my other job. I would just take breaks to go to the gym and for walks and bike rides and out to dinner, etc.

Sounds perfect. But there are some drawbacks to working at home. Besides the stress of having to stay on top of things or you don’t get paid. There are issues of loneliness and isolation. Most of us socialize quite a bit at our paid jobs. And by most of us, I mean me.

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  1. Mouse Clone | November 6, 2007
  1. Marie says:

    When I first started my freelance writing career, I worked from home and saw my weight jump 5 lbs in one month. Why? Because my proximity to the kitchen meant that I was constantly eating when I was bored or stressed out. I started writing from a nearby Starbucks (ironic, I know) and that solved the problem. Plus I felt a lot less lonely because I was surrounded by so many caffeinated people.

  2. Emma says:

    Actually, I have noticed a correlation with weight gain and lots of time spent in front of the computer. I think many writers and bloggers are getting involved with fitness precisely for that reason. You have to take a break anyway. It might as well be spent running or hitting the gym. I’ve yet to blog at Starbucks. If I try it I’ll probably be hooked. 😀 Thanks for the comment.

  3. Mouseclone says:

    I’m currently trying to set myself up more and more to work from home. My second job, contractor, allows me to work from anywhere. I have to be able to do that because the server that stuff is hosted on is not even in this country.

    Blogging, the small income has been just that, a small income. I wouldn’t know what to do if it was a main source of income. Writers block more than likely.

    I do hope that one day I can just wake when I want to and have made 1 billion dollars over night. I doubt that will happen unless inflation gets really bad in the next 10 years.

  4. Emma says:

    I guess we all want to be entrepreneurs, as a contractor you are on the right track. 😎

  5. Mouseclone says:

    I think that we all do. Most can’t deal with all of the paper work though. Contracting is less paper work for the most part, you still get a 1099, so you don’t have to really deal with billing that much.

  6. Jerret says:

    You know, I’ve never had any “lonliness” problems since I’ve been working on my own at home.

    Sure, I gained about 20 pounds but my productivity jumped about 200%. I no longer had to sit in a cubicle and listen to all the incessant whining.

    Not having to converse with co-workers has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

    Jerret’s last blog post..Content Outsourcing Rules

  7. Emma says:

    I prefer working at home as well. I guess gym breaks would take care of both problems. If only.

  8. To work at home the most important thing needed is self-motivation. Secondly, one has to be highly professional. And discipline is a must in every case.