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Old 09-30-2012, 11:30 PM
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I ditto the rut and accountability issues. If you procrastinate at all normally....working at home can easily magnify it 1000x. I've seen very productive people go to the opposite end in a blink.....right down to personal care.

It takes a very self motivated person to successfully work from home IMO.

Also agree with some of the anxiety points. Having (and sticking to) a daily routine where you are forced to get up, get yourself together and go be around others can be a very good thing.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:47 PM
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My brother works for an insurance company and he is allowed to work from home. I'd love to do something similiar.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:53 AM
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I honestly don't think I could happily do it. Why? Because I need to be able to get out of the house. Being jobless since the end of June has been great for me being able to stay home with my animals. I am with them all the time and they love it, I love it but it's time to get a job.

I have a possible one to apply for tomorrow at a vet clinic and I really do hope I get it as it's not long hours per day. Plus my mom is home with the animals all day as she is not able to work so it doesn't make me feel bad leaving them.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:02 AM
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Did telecommuting for a couple years in customer service for a toy manufacturer. I loved it.

The perks

I was never sick. Seriously you have to be around people to be sick.

No dress code

My dogs were never happier.

No commuting costs or time.

The downsides-

The pay usually sucks. You have little to no chance of being promoted because promotion is a networking process.

Communication via email or phone is kind of limited.

Your family just isn't going to understand that time at home cannot be spent doing other things. Work time is work time, no I can't do the laundry, no I can't make dinner for 5pm.

Finally it's really easy to lay off someone you never see. That was how my team ended. The kept the people they had to look at every day and they cut everyone who telecommuted.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:17 AM
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I don't think I would be able to do it. Honestly, for me is very hard because I am super self conscious, and I always think that coworkers are talking behind my back and I'm always over analyzing how much of a bad impression I made on people, but at the same time I hate being locked in my house, I go crazy and I get depressed... So I know that I have to face my 'fears' and honestly working out of home is so much better, it helps me clear my mind.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:32 AM
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I work small jobs from home. Art commissions and a small independent company(ChaCha). It's nice, but you really do have to be motivated. It's easy to just wander off to the forums or facebook for a few hours and get nothing done.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Kat09Tails View Post
Your family just isn't going to understand that time at home cannot be spent doing other things. Work time is work time, no I can't do the laundry, no I can't make dinner for 5pm.

This is SO true.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:22 AM
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I was horrible at working from home. I would procrastinate, do other little things around the house, take advantage of the flexibility and go out with my friends more than I should have because hey, I can just work on that project when I get home. I seriously got nothing done. I will never work from home again, I totally lack the discipline. Also, I like having particular hours designated for work, and that line gets fuzzy when you work from home. I already have university coursework hanging over my head when I'm at home, the last thing I need is to have actual work hanging over my head as well. At least when I finish a shift I know that it's done and I don't have to worry about it anymore. But some people work from home really well. My aunt has always worked from home and she does a great job.

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:45 AM
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You still have to WORK if you work from home... Not sit and play with puppies.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post
You still have to WORK if you work from home... Not sit and play with puppies.
This. I've worked from home. The only thing that really changes with working from home is the time of your commute. You'll still spend just as much time seriously working as you would if you traveled. It takes more dedication to work from home than it does to go to the workplace. If anything, it means there is *less* separation between you and your work. It's easy to leave work at the office. But when you work from home, it's ALWAYS there.

If you're tired, frazzled and lack motivation after a day at work, you will be just as tired and frazzled after working a day at home. Honestly? The way you describe your feelings after work, I wouldn't recommend it for you. If you lack motivation and energy now, it'll be about 1,000 times magnified at home.
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