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Do you often find yourself with papers or your laptop in front of the television during prime time? Maybe your employer allows you to work at least part of the time at home? Or, perhaps, you're self-employed and your boardroom is also the family room? Whichever describes you, you are one of approximately 45 million Americans who work from home at least one day a week, according to the American Electronics Association.
Working from home, whether it's telecommuting, a home business or some off-the-clock work, has many benefits. For most, it offers flexibility that just can't be found in the "eight-to-five" office setting. It also saves you money on gas, parking, business attire and time wasted in traffic.
But, as with any work, putting in hours from home requires commitment and introduces some productivity challenges you won't find in an office. While many people say they would welcome the opportunity to work from home, not everyone is successful at it. It takes a great deal of self-motivation, organization and independence.
Here are some tips for working from home:
If the concept of working from home has you envisioning mornings of sleeping late and wearing your pajamas all day, you probably don't have the right attitude to be successful at it. But, if you are someone with the right work habits and dedication, working from home can provide you the opportunity to save on commuting time and expenses while gaining flexibility.