The Pros and Cons of Working from Home on the Internet

By Daniel Scocco

Almost two years passed since I quit my job inside a multinational company to work from home on the Internet. For me it was pretty a straight forward move. One year inside a corporation was enough to clarify what I wanted to do professionally, and working for someone else was definitely not part of it.

working from home on the internet

Another aspect that facilitate the transition was the fact that I was 22 when I decided to quit; meaning no bills to pay or responsibilities that extended beyond “staying alive.”

Now I am sure that there are many people out there wondering if they would like to work from home. Others already know they would love to, but they are not sure about the downsides, or how to make the switch. For those, I think it would be interesting to share what I learned along these two years.

On this first post I will cover what I think are the Pros and Cons of working from home on the web, and on a future one I will cover how you can plan a smooth transition.

Cons

1. It’s lonely

If you need social interaction through out the day, then working from home might not be ideal to you. There are people that just need to have others around at any given time; that need face to face communication, and for those a corporation might be a better fit.

Instant messaging clients, Twitter and social networks might help people to overcome this problem, but we all know that they are far from the real deal.

2. Many distractions

If you live alone this should not be a problem. If you live with your parents, friends or wife and kids, however, be prepared to get interrupted more often than not. Other people have a hard time to conceptualize that you are actually working when you are at home on your computer. As a result, they will knock on your door or call you even for the smallest of the issues.

Creating an ad-hoc room in your house that will serve as office can help, but it will hardly eliminate the problem.

3. It requires discipline

I sure love what I do, but I won’t deny that sometimes it is difficult to stay focused on the computer when there is a beautiful sunshine outside. Luckily I knocked off the habit of playing computer games years ago, else my productivity would probably be suffering from that as well.

If you are a disciplined person then you might not face any problems. If you need to have a boss or colleagues around to motivate you, however, it might become an issue.

4. Always the same place

One of the advantages of working in a company is that you have a physical separation between your house and your work. I believe this separation is healthy in many ways.

First of all it allows your body and mind to associate the office with work, and your house with leisure and relaxation. Sometimes I find myself going to sleep while thinking obsessively about my websites and overall online business strategy. Not cool.

It can also get very monotonous if you need to stay in your home all day long. Going to a nearby Starbucks can alleviate the problem, but it won’t solve it.

Once you start prospering you could rent or buy an external office, but then you would risk going back to the frenetic corporate rhythm.

5. Difficult to explain what you do

Good luck explaining to other people or relatives what your job is. Whenever I get asked about my job I just say that I “work with websites.” Personally I consider myself to be a web publisher or web entrepreneur, but it would be complex to explain this to someone that only uses the Internet to check his Hotmail account and to search in Google once in a while.

Obviously I couldn’t care less if people understand what I do or if they don’t, but some people care about those things. Additionally, sometimes it can become a real life issue.

Suppose you want to get financing to buy a house, for instance. It will be difficult to get credit if you work on the Internet with no fixed monthly salary or a company to back you up.

Pros

1. Flexibility

Perhaps the biggest advantage of working from home is the flexibility that comes attached to it. Just a small example: I forgot what the felling of waking up with an alarm clock is a long time ago.

You can work any time you want, and in any way you want.

Like to work in pajamas? Fine. Like to listen to heavy metal in the highest volume while you design? Go for it.

Some people are more productive at night as well, and for those working from home must be a paradise.

2. No boss

Frankly, getting told by someone else what you should or should not do is unbearable.

For me at least.

The reduced levels of stress that you get by not having someone barking at you once in a while is gold. Sure, there must be companies out there with nice corporate cultures where people are friendly, smart and caring. Truth be told my old boss was a really cool guy.

Still, there is nothing like doing what you want, when you want, because you want it.

3. It is healthier

I always loved sports, and practiced one or another discipline since I was ten. When I started working after university, however, I suddenly saw a drop in my training sessions. I tried to move them to the night, but after a work day your energy levels are far from optimal.

Now that I work from home I have time to train every day. Some mornings I run, other afternoons I hit the gym, and others yet I swim. I am definitely in my best shape ever.

Another factor that contributes to your health when you work from home is your diet. If you know the basics of nutrition science you should be able to have a very balanced diet. You can time your meals perfectly, and you buy the recipes and cook them, so you know what is entering your body.

The same cannot be said when working inside a company. You don’t have time to make your meals (remember you should have at least six of them in a day!) and you often need to eat whatever fried crap they are serving at the nearby bar.

4. More family time

There is a point in the life of all of us where our family become our anchor and main priority. I am not talking about your parents, but rather about when you move outside with a wife or husband, and when you get kids around.

I am not there yet, but I am sure that people that work from home value immensely the extra time that they have to spend with their loved ones. As a dad or mom you will also be in a much better position to educate and take care of your children if you are around all day long.

5. Work from anywhere

I am finishing this very article as I sit in an airport. I am taking a plane to the northern part of Brazil. It is winter here, and the south (where I currently live) becomes very cold. Since I am not a fan of cold weather at all, I decided to spend June in a tropical beach.

The advantage here goes beyond taking holidays once in a while. You could literally move to the
other side of the world if you so desire. When I quit my job I was still living in Italy. Now I am back in Brazil because I wanted to stay some time with my family and friends. Next year I am planning to move to the U.S. or Canada to attend some conferences and meet with the people that I interact over the web.

Having the possibility to live in the country or city of your choice is awesome.

My real opinion

I tried to be unbiased while covering the points above. If I need to lay down my honest opinion, however, it would be quite in favor of working from home. I believe that the pros far out weight the cons.

In fact, I also think that over the next years a smaller and smaller percentage of the young people and graduates will head to work for companies and corporations. If today this number is close to 95%, perhaps in ten years it will be down to 70% or so.

Finally, if you are still considering if you should quit your job or not, my advice is: go for it.

It takes guts and some planning depending on your situation, but the feeling of freedom you will get once you get walking with your own legs is priceless.




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83 Responses to “The Pros and Cons of Working from Home on the Internet”

  • Miguel Cangueiro

    I have to agree with you when you say that the pros far out the cons, but in my case I’m still studying. maybe when I graduate I will try to make a living working in the internet.

  • The Blogger Tips

    Although there are cons, but the pros more important, atleast you own a freedom. This is very valuable pros item that most people chase for it.

  • Jaan Kanellis

    Great post Daniel. You have covered most of the bases here about working from home. I am already working for a few companies as a consultant that actually promote working from home. Their are many benefits from the employer side as well.

  • Ali from The Office Diet

    Oh Daniel, you’re making me so jealous now!

    I too am in my early 20s (23) and I know now would be the best time to make the jump out of the corporate world. I’m trying to be in a position to do that soon … building up freelance web things (website creation and writing) on the side.

    You’re definitely an inspiration, both in the articles you write and in the lifestyle you lead. πŸ™‚ Well done on making your dream a reality, and on being brave enough to follow your heart.

  • Tony

    This is a very motivational post. I’m only 23 myself, but I already feel stuck in my position due to bills. I would love the opportunity to be able to work from home on the internet full time. This post helps me to believe it is possible and I’m excited about your future post on making the smooth transition. Thanks!

  • Jordan

    I’ve been working at home since my son was born over two years ago, and I agree with most of your points–but we should stipulate that these are true FOR YOU and not necessarily for everyone.

    I’m not yet convinced that I eat any healthier at home, where I have access to food three steps from the office all day long (and yes, I do have in my house–GASP–junk food!).

    On the rare occasion that I forgot to bring a lunch to work (making a lunch at home takes the same amount of time whether you work there or not, really), I usually got a salad. You can make healthy choices–and unhealthy ones–no matter where you work.

  • muslimaya

    yeah….
    I think it’s better to work at home
    more pros than cons
    that’s the new era workers

  • Devaki Khanna

    Hi! I work as a freelance editor and writer in New Delhi, and believe me, I have personal experience of the pros and cons of the work-at-home situation in spades. I had to start freelancing when I became redundant in 2002, took time off in 2005 to study publishing and am now freelancing while looking for a corporate job. Why? Because I would like a regular, steady income–I have to pay off loans and I would like to get some management-related experience under my belt. There’s little or no opportunity to lead a team or manage people if you work on your own from home–this could be a problem at some point of time. There’s also the problem of payments–Indian publishers tend to be parsimonious at best and you cannot chase clients through a small-claims court–in fact, the legal system is so schlerotic, you may as well write off unpaid bills as bad debts. And as your own boss, you don’t often give yourself time off easily–I tend to work over the weekend if I really want to get a project finished.

  • Internet Business Ideas

    The problem with pros and cons it that it is different for different people. Some people need the boss, and some people are loners that love to stay at home and see the same four walls every day, some need the structure and feeling of security in a daily job.
    Although I agree with your pros I disagree with some of you cons, because what made start the search for a home business in the first place is the idea of staying at home everyday.

    Tanny
    Internet home business ideas

  • SEO Genius

    I have to admit sometimes i do feel a bit loney and anti social and i only do this part time!

    i do not think i could do this as a full time job, i feel too alone πŸ˜€

    There are some good Pro’s about working from home though, which far outweigh the cons.

    Part time is good enough for me,

    Will.

  • Keith

    When I left the corporate world, I tried working from home, but it just didn’t work, there were too many temptations and distractions. I went out and found a small office not far from my home, it solves most of the problems you have listed, but I still have the option from working where I want. I share the office with someone else that is doing something similar to me, but I don’t have any requirements to be there, if I didn’t show up for a month it wouldn’t’ make any difference.

  • Web Success Diva

    This is such a great post. Many of my colleagues and friends envy me working at home, but you’ve hit the head on the nail. It’s not all fun, glam, and freedom — there can be downsides πŸ™‚

    Thank you!
    Maria Reyes-McDavis

  • Tarso Teixeira

    Working from home is definitely my goal. Unfortunately, I am still stuck to my 9 to 5 job in the corporate world (actually I am at work right now :)). Seeing your article, I have to agree that the pros out weight the cons and hopefully soon my part time internet job will take off and I will take off from this place!

  • rhea

    I would love to work from home. I am not cut out for working in an office, and yet I’ve done it for many years.

  • David Shaw

    I am currently a student, but am earning very well online.

    I have 2 years left of studying, I believe that once I have finished my course, I will be earning enough to live very comfortably on.

  • Demifantasy

    Great post!

    In my country, Vietnam, when people talk about a JOB, they talk about going to work (office), and they feel more comfortable with a “real job”, with a company name, a job title, a desk, and with their “real” colleagues.

    I agree with you in this post!

    Bon voyage!

  • David Zemens – 1955 Design

    It does indeed require discipline. I have noticed that the day seems to fly by, and unless you budget your time quite directly you find that the day is “over” and you have accomplished very little —- so I agree that distractions can be a problem.

    Once the money starts to come in, however, it’s easy toi see how it is indeed a “real job”. It takes time, patience, and hard work.

    It also helps to be independantly wealthy, or at least be comfortable with another income source! πŸ™‚

  • Nick

    Great post.

    I worked for myself for 8 months, and loved it! Unfortunately the business I was doing failed and so I now find myself having to work for others in a dead end marketing job… its killing me having to answer to someone else, especially when I know they are wrong.

    However I am starting to slowly set up another business and hope to join you in the ranks of the 20 something self empolyed soon…. wish me luck!

  • Makakman

    Great post. One big bonus for me was not having the commute on the train and then Underground where you’re packed in like sardines and in the summer almost fainting from the heat! Now I’ve no dodgy work colleagues and feeling the need to stay late is purely my choice πŸ™‚

    I work more hours than ever but it’s all for me and when I feel like a break I take one, simple as that. The TV never puts me off because of the rubbish that’s on there! I miss the interaction now and again but twitter is great and if I need some contact I just drop in to my old firm or see my family.

    Can’t say I’ve the funds to join you on the beach but my freedom far out weighs the extra cash I used to get.

  • Rajaie AlKorani

    I wouldn’t mind doing whatever I want, whenever I want, because I want.
    Although I’m still a student, this is definitely something to think about for the future.

  • Celine

    Working from home is a brave thing to do. I’ve been contemplating that since I started doing freelance work on the side a year ago, but being used to receiving my pay twice monthly and having IT support and HR at my beck and call, the idea of going indie scares the hell out of me. Maybe when my freelance portfolio has grown immensely, I’d probably consider it. Hats off to you for this decision. I don’t think I could be as brave, and I’m almost 30!

    P.S. My sister, who now works from home (I actually got her started on it), goes on vacation and still manages to get her work done. Amazing!

  • Ramiro

    Nice post! I prefer to work outside because I enjoy belonging to a real community. Working outside I make friends.

  • Han

    Actually, there are groups that work-at-home types can join, they’re called “coworking” groups. Check it out on Google, there are groups in every major metropolitan area, and it’s a great way to both reduce loneliness and make new connections. In fact, sometimes it takes away work time since you’re so busy talking to people…

  • solacetech

    Love working from home !!!! I think I liked it more than my wife. It’s a situation I can control and mold to fit…

  • PsychoticApe

    Was going to write a similar article to this and then came across this.

  • Garrett Pierson

    Great Post! I have been working at home now for about 8 months now after I resigned from my corporate position in a health care company. I am totally happy now, this doesn’t mean there are some cons and hard times trying to get used to it. For sure the pros definetly out weigh the cons for me!

  • pam munro

    We save lots of $ because I don’t use the car & burn up gas. And I don’t have biz expenses like coffee, etc. (And maintenance of a biz female wardrobe except for special occasions.) Does get lonely at times. And I have a tendency to get housebound & not go out. It does help me to juggle everything on my plate. I can also get a bit manic and just sit at the keyboard for hours at a time until I am really beat. I can work in a tshirt & jeans or a yakata (cotton Japanese robe) even! I feel guilty I am not doing housework, tho.
    It’s good to hear about others who are doing the same thing. No one I know is….

  • James

    I wish i could quit my job someday and work from home like you Daniel. What i am thinking is to work from home as a blogger but at the same time doing another business as the owner..mmh..that’s my dream..:)

  • W3 Clip

    I had decided not to care what others look at me when I first chose to work from home as a freelancer. You say it is difficult to get loans when we want to buy house, yeah, it is a problem, but I think there is a good solution, that is, making enough money to buy it by yourself without loans.

    This is what I want to do and it is exactly what I am doing.

    Now I am expanding my business, and I’ve finished building my Media Sharing Website http://www.w3clip.com, I believe I will get financial off, so I think money will not be a problem for me.

  • Medical Transcriptionist

    I am a home transcriptionist for the past five years and you have spoken my mind here.

    The distraction apart from home members include the doorbell (I get at least five buzzes a day from those marketing folks), phone bell, all those neighborhood noises, guests etc., the list goes on….Still I love working from home, sweet home. I save the commuting time to office, no stop lights, no traffic. My bedroom itself is my office; when you are up – you are in the office, when you lie down, you are at the comfort of your home….

    But to choose a home career, it took a year for me to decide working on these pros and cons and at last when I chose it, I am really leading a life I dreamt of.

  • alex Johnson

    What you need is a garden office. For more details, have a browse around the Shedworking site at http://www.shedworking.co.uk for independent advice and lots of interesting suggestions.

  • Melvin

    This is exactly what I mean… If you work from home then chances are you’ll be missing interacting with people and getting to socialize w/them and having some adventures.. for me i just think of my online venture as a part time when i finish college i want to have a job that would probably improve me as a whole and i think it is something that an internet cannot provide… btw, i had a post about this.. http://www.melvinblog.com/2008/06/i-dont-just-get-it/

  • Reilly O’Donnell

    daniel you did a great job of showing both sides. working in an office has a lot to do with the people you get to work with each day, and if you are lucky enough to have good co-workers it can make a world of difference. I support people going out on their own…but someone really needs to be prepared and motivated to work for themselves. By working for yourself you loose a lot of the security involved with full-time employment and the stress of having to getting a personal business going and succeeding isn’t for everyone. My advice would be…if you are considering quitting your job, have some money tucked away, and have your plan laid out…then go for it, otherwise set some goals and you will be on your own when the time is right.

  • casey

    I quit my job at 21 to start working from home and I have been happy ever since! I was also working in a multi million dollar internet marketing corporation, and loved what I did but did not care for the boss too much. Knowing what I had learned over the years really paid off, now I just work on clients websites all day and make more than I was making working for a multi million dollar company!

  • Pink Ink

    I’ve worked from home as a freelance writer since 1996, when my first child was born. I love the freedom to work when I want, to be off when my husband is off, and to work in my jammies! The drawbacks: sometimes it is too easy to slack off and to do laundry instead of write; also, it is too easy to keep on working at the expense of the family. Now that I have a laptop, I can write wherever in the house and it helps. I can write with the family (if they are watching a movie or playing with friends) or in a quieter corner if I really need to concentrate.

  • Taylor Blue

    I work from home…And I agree with the cons…somedays I have a hard time focusing and I wish I had an office and other coworkers to be with. But I wouldn’t change it now that I have been doing it for a year. The pros outweigh the cons anyday!

  • Hal

    I have done both, and after 40+ years I’m finally retired. No one mentioned an important aspect of working from home beyond personal preferences, and obligations. Are you responsible for providing support for a family?

    I stayed with a major corporation for 25 years before taking a buyout and then starting my own business. Yes, I liked working for myself. But I chose the family first, not because I’m a martyr – in fact I’m selfish. I did it because it was the right thing to do.

    With the corporation I had a fine salary and many benefits. I not only managed with my wife and kids, but did quite well otherwise. Did it suck at work during those years? You betcha, but life is about not only you, but those you are responsible for as well.

    If you should decide to work at home I think it would be prudent to include your wife/kids/girlfriend/husband maybe even your dog in the mix.

    The other salient point I want to make is, having had a home business, you better be certain you have every faith your venture will produce cash. Even though I have a BLOG I would never try to make this my occupation. In the overall scheme of blogging, how many actually make enough to even support themselves. The percentage must be very low.

  • Eduardo Peirano

    I work online from home. This is a post with some fun stories from people working online from home

  • Denis

    >>Difficult to explain what you do

    I hate when people ask me: “Where do you work?”
    If I answer “at home” they feel like I’m trying to get out of replying.

  • Matt @ Face Your Fork

    I don’t know about Con #5! To me, I have so much fun when somebody asks me about an obscure, strange undertaking I’m in – I get to explain to them exactly what it is… which always leaves a quizzical look on their face as if I fried their brain. πŸ˜‰

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Jordan, yeah what is a pro for someone might be a con for another. I find it pretty hard to follow a good diet inside a company though. You need to bring all sorts of good for your job, you depend on the quality of their restaurant and so on.

    In your house you are in control of those variables.

    @Devaki, good points. Why you want that management experience though? Managing people inside a large company and managing them on a home based business are two completely different things.

    As from where the money comes from, where everything is possible, so I think its just matter of finding what you love to do.

    @Keith, that is a good setup. I think more of those places will start popping around the world, where you can rent your small office.

    @Nick, good luck!

    @Hal, you can work from home and support your family as well. You would just need to make some calculations to see how much you need to earn to cover all of them with a medical plan and stuff.

  • copywriting business

    Great post, and I think you pretty much covered most of it.

    As with everything there are pros and cons, each of us must decide on what works for us and what doesn’t.

    I’ve been working from home for the past 8 months, and I can find A LOT of pros to this, least of which setting my own schedule as to how, where, and when I work. But then, I am very good at managing my time and prioritizing my projects/tasks.

    However… there are times that I miss the social aspect of working in an office but not enough to go back there just yet πŸ™‚

    What I didn’t realize till I started to work from home is… while the “water cooler talk” or the socializing may be distracting or a time waster, it is also one of the ways that people share their experience, which is a huge resource.

    What I mean here is just in passing when you are chatting about your day, and what you are working on, your coworkers often can bring something to your attention, an insight, or call on their own experience to share with you.

    This random sharing of resources goes a long way sometimes…especially when you’ve been looking at the same screen for hours πŸ™‚

    Still… the pros far out-weight it all πŸ™‚

    Happily working from home,
    copywriting business

  • Bret

    I’ve been working full time from home since 1997. I occasionally (once or twice a year) go a company “campus” as we call it. When I do, I get nothing done. Too many distractions and people to talk to. At home I’m very focused but always getting interrupted. Sometimes I go to some other location that offers free wi-fi and work from there just to mix it up a bit. I can’t imagine ever working in a traditional office ever again.

  • Travelinoma

    I love working from home. The pros for me are the same as the cons. I can work anytime, in my pajamas, etc. but it often seems like I’m working ALL the time, in my pajamas, etc. I am available to my family and friends any time, but they don’t recognize that I’m working, so they push the envelope. I have to have the discipline to give myself “hours” and stay at work.

  • Bruce

    Great post!

    I’m not there yet, but you really inspire me; in fact, that is what my blog is about: getting people out of a “job mentality” and into thinking about entrepreneurship.

  • Eric

    Great post and great information! Keep it up!

  • Appu

    The next generation job location – HOME
    It benefits.

  • Matt @ Kurb

    I think about this stuff a bit. I think you touched on a point about the proportion of skilled people choosing to work for themselves in digital industries. Just driving to work is unpaid time, sometimes I forget about rush hour completely and go out for a coffee late afternoon and i’m kicking myself! I’d go mad sitting in that traffic every day!

    I think I’m lucky as has been mentioned, that being young and single afforded me the opportunity to find a place for myself online, there’s no doubt that the web 2.0 lifestyle is far more rewarding but you have to have the ability to see it through.

  • Lombok Hotels

    I believe working at home, regardless of several cons mentioned in the article, is what I think better and suits my need now. I am now able to earn 3 times higher than the time I was still working in the office.

    More flexibility, and more time for the family. That’s the most important thing.

  • vutha

    that is the great post and that is want i am dreaming about for long time. But now i cannot make money at home now. I hope i will do like this in the future like you. If i work at home, it means that i have not influence from boss or any body at workplace.

  • Eric

    Hey there, I enjoyed the post. I came across this after just posting to my own blog an article called “Top 10 reasons to leave your job” (at http://digitaldesigndiary.com). I see we have some similar ideas. I think the issue of being productive at night is a very important consideration. How can productivity possibly be boxed into 8-to-5 every day? Let alone finding inspiration, if you are working in a creative field? I think that part is a huge advantage to working from home and setting your own hours!
    So thanks again; I am going to start subscribing to dailyblogtips!

  • Bonnie

    I refinanced while working freelance. One thing that helped is that I was doing sporadic contract work with an agency — a few months here, a few months there, and I had a couple of months of W2s. (This also solved the health insurance problem too – I was on their plan while contracting and COBRA while not contracting. Of course COBRA was expensive… but not nearly as expensive as having a health crisis while uninsured.)

    For those going totally freelance, and without a spouse with a regular salary, I would recommend keeping meticulous business accounting and tax records because for any decent mortgage you’re going to have to provide your tax returns, profit and loss statements and who knows what else.

    Otherwise it’s a “no doc” loan and that means higher interest rate. And I bet those are considerably harder to get these days due to the suprime crisis.

  • Hussein

    I would rather chose working at home instead at the office. πŸ˜€ I don’t care with the cons as long as I am earning and at the side of my love ones πŸ˜€

  • melody Wigdahl

    Having been self-employed and mostly home-based for more than 20 years, I leaped on the opportunities presented by the internet more than a decade ago. I have been pretty much fully web-based in my income producing ventures since 1996, and would never consider anything brick and mortar related again!

    The internet lets you work, live, and play whenever and where ever you want, as long as I can snag the net a few hours a week. For the first time ever, just about anyone can start a business with very little investment and very little overhead. Home based businesses are springing up globally – age and economics are suddenly minimal barriers to the entrepreneur.

    If you have a true desire to succeed in your own business, and the work ethic – it can be done!

    Melody, aka The Netlady
    Work At Home Ideas For Women – From A Real Work At Home Woman!

  • BV

    There’s a difference between working at home and working for yourself at home. If you work for a company but not in an office, then you have less freedom setting your own schedule. Still, it beats commuting and dressing up for the office any day! I find that working at home one or two days a week is an ideal balance.

  • Rahvi

    Your post is indeed very helpful. I liked the way you expressed yourself,simplicity is important (at least for me :)). And you are very convincing at each point, not leaving anything incomplete. You’ve got your style.
    I’m about to start my blog in a matter of weeks,and am surfing the web here and there to find out how experienced people in the field lives with it.

    And for those who have responsibilities (specially children) I suggest that proper time management is a must. I’ve got to focus on this since I’ve loads of leisure activities and don’t want to miss any of them.
    I believe if you manage to get indulge in some sports or recreational activities from time to time can drive away your loneliness.

    I really appreciate you share your experiences, keep it up!

  • Paris

    Hola!! yo espero poder trabajar desde casa en unos meses, si lo consigo, ya vere como es, espero que no sea muy incomodo!

  • miro

    Great post. It’s very helpfull.

    I’d like to work from home, but I’m not in USA. So, I can’t work easily from here as I’m from Middle-East (EGYPT).

    Thanks alot for these great points.

  • Gerard

    It also depends on the type of job your wanting to pursue..

  • Rick Vaughn

    I wish I could go back to 22 years old and start pounding away on the computer. Working for someone else is lame but I think many people under estimate the cost and responsiblity involved in “running the show”.

  • Michael Sync

    Nice tips. Thanks…..

  • Afzal Khan

    Great post, I do quit my Corporate Job and started working from Home.

    I realize how great it feels to work according to myself instead of following 9 to 5 timings. Well it tooks me 6 year time to decide on finally, but I am very much happy and completely in favor of working from home.

    And yes there are always some pros & cons, but overall it depends on you what you want….Follow your dreams and get freedom.

    Cheer’s , very well explained

    Thanks

  • Susan

    You have done a great job of covering the pros and cons but I found a business to work from home that also provides opportunity to interact with people directly. For me, it’s the best of both worlds.
    Your comment about being a cultivating focus is also a huge key to success

  • Peter Szabo

    That is the great post and that is want i am dreaming about for long time. But now i cannot make money at home now. I hope i will do like this in the future like you. If i work at home, it means that i have not influence from boss or any body at workplace.

  • Connie

    I am just looking into working at part time (at first). Are there really legitimate online jobs? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

  • MrsB

    I have been dealing with these issues myself. I work FT from my home as a medical transcriptionist now since 3 months ago. I am new to this whole thing of work from home, independent contractor, be your own boss, etc. Unfortunately, I have more cons than pros! Sad to say, my “dream” job turned out to be a nightmare! I left a great paying PT job to take this new FT WAH job only to have nothing but problems from day 1: I was already getting yelled at on only my 6th day on the job, I am required to work a set shift plus one weekend day and any holiday that falls during my shift, I’m paid piece rate (per line) and do not even make minimum wage after typing all damn day 8 9 10 hours a day! I have been looking for another FT job since cuz I need the FT work, the FT pay, insurance, benefits, etc. My supervisor is not very friendly! I emailed her about my concerns and got a nasty condescending reply back! I am mad that I bought a $700 computer to take this job and my first 3 paychecks didnt even pay for it! I saw the pros about the freedom, etc. The only pros I have are no commute and working in my pajamas. Thats it! If I am going to be told when to work, how much work I can actually do, when to log in, when to log off, when to take breaks, I may as well drive to a job that at least pays by the hour. Even then, if I am waiting for work for an hour, at least I made an hour’s wage! I would sit at my PC for 2-3 hours sometimes and not have any work to do!! My house is spotless, my laundry is done, and since I have no kids, my lonely hours are spent searching for another job! I hate to say it, but WAH is not always what it’s cracked up to be!

  • VijiKarthik

    Hi,

    I am just looking into working at part time (at first). Are there really legitimate online jobs? Most of the online jobs initially they are asking to pay nearly $50 as a entry fee. Which jobs is best to do from home pls suggest me (Data entry, Freelancer, Web designer etc). If you know anything good pls suggest me the website also to enroll for online / offline jobs. Your suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks πŸ™‚

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    “ItÒ€ℒs lonely” I work from home too and I can attest to that! Sometimes I feel like I need to go to the store or something just to get some interaction with other people, πŸ™‚

  • Cananito

    Super nice article, it’s as clear as it can be. I’m a collage student, and I’m starting to get involved in all this work at home thing in my free time, hope that by the time I finish school I alrready have my online projects giving me a nice income.

  • Seth –Political Blog Tips

    I am currently going to law school and so the idea of working from home using the blogosphere and websites is very appealing. It is challenging though with a family. There are a lot more expenses and more expectations. Also, the income that I would be giving up would be far more.

    My plan though is to eventually make enough to prove to the family that it is possible and the lifestyle will far out way the cons! Thanks for laying out your thoughts!

  • eGruve.com

    I am with you on this one , the best part is that I love the flexibilty I get the job done, do not have wait to talk any VP for a decision.
    This is a awesome lifestyle

  • Honest Internet Businessman

    I agree with most of what you said, but #1 does not have to be the case. Using coffee shops or internet cafes instead of home can be the little change that makes a big difference in your productivity.

  • Catherina

    I work from home doing various things and I agree with you on the cons. Same with the pros but I rarely see people writing about the downside of working at home. I have to go out shopping and hang out with friends for the social interaction. And really have to try and be disciplined to get things done.

  • Lokre

    uuum reading all these comments, seems like you all have a nice work at home job, could some one point me in the right direction? please and thank you.

  • Victoria Drake

    I’ve read a lot of this type of article and you’ve described it better and in “more real” detail than anyone ever has. Kudos. It’s nice to read the real thing instead of the canned version.

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