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Would You Want to Work From Home?

Most people I know always say that they would kill to work from home, but if it came down to it, I'm not sure they would, although there are perks to working at home and to working in an office.

If you work from home, you can sit in your bed all day long and never get dressed. You don't have to waste time getting ready and figuring out what you're going to wear because you've got no one to impress. Working from home also means you can eat and go to the bathroom whenever you want, and pretty much manage your own schedule. If you have a dog, you won't need to pay a dog walker, you don't have to worry about making your lunch everyday, and the best part is you wouldn't have to pay for gas, deal with an annoying commute or put up with distracting co-workers.

The down side of working from home is that that you miss out on the fun social aspect of your job. You won't get to interact with anyone, which could in turn leave you feeling people-deprived. You also won't be able to show off your new haircut, or that hot pair of boots you just bought. You'll miss out on feeling like part of a team, and you'll also miss office celebrations, birthdays and happy hours at the local bar. Working at home requires a lot of self discipline, but on the other hand, you may become a workaholic since you're always technically "at work."

So what do you think? If you had the opportunity to work from home, would you take it? Would it be a dream come true or do you prefer going somewhere to work and having a daily routine and constant interaction?

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remedios remedios 8 years
When I'm doing extra work from home, I'm fine. But this past summer I worked solely from home and didn't have a set schedule, and I had a hard time getting motivated. It was too easy to go to the kitchen, do other things. So what should have been an 8 hour day turned into a 12 hour day because I constantly would get distracted but still needed to get the work done.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I wouldn’t want to work from home, I know myself. I would be to distracted! I know people who work from home, and they aren’t doing so well financially but they have been doing it so long that they thought of joining the workforce outside is too scary, so they are choosing to just stay miserable. I think that some people once they get used to it, cannot imagine a 9-5, or working under someone.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Freaking Definately! Oh yeah, I'd love it.I'm all by myself in this shitty little office anyways, so I may as well be at home, working in my jammies, lol. Or at least comfy tracks or something, because I do have to go out, and sometimes deal with emergebcies with our vehicles.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Freaking Definately! Oh yeah, I'd love it. I'm all by myself in this shitty little office anyways, so I may as well be at home, working in my jammies, lol. Or at least comfy tracks or something, because I do have to go out, and sometimes deal with emergebcies with our vehicles.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
I would love to work from home - laptop in front of me, cat on my lap. :)
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
I would love to work from home - laptop in front of me, cat on my lap. :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
This is why I love my job. When I have a project I go to an office (not nec my office) and when i don't have a project I work from home. I occassionally go into the office, but really, 95% of my coworkers are crappy stuck up and have their own little cliques, so I would rather stay home.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I work from home if I had kids, but otherwise I probably wouldn't because I would get almost no social interaction.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
As a ph.D. student writing a diss. from a home office, NO I never want to work at home again. It's terribly lonely. I've worked in offices before and loved the structure, the company, and the energy that circulates from other people.Whenever I can, I work around other people, but I live an hour from my campus so I am isolated much of the time. I really dislike it.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
As a ph.D. student writing a diss. from a home office, NO I never want to work at home again. It's terribly lonely. I've worked in offices before and loved the structure, the company, and the energy that circulates from other people. Whenever I can, I work around other people, but I live an hour from my campus so I am isolated much of the time. I really dislike it.
designerel designerel 8 years
I work for a company where all the employees do a lot of traveling (myself included) so the office "camaraderie" is not really there in the first place since there is hardly ever a day when all the employees are present. On top of it, I'm quite a bit younger than everyone else and have over an hour's commute to work. I get to work from home every once in a while-- usually when I have an early morning flight-- but otherwise, I have to come into the office. I would love to work from home everyday, but I don't think I'd be that productive, to be honest!
demeter demeter 8 years
I would work at home in a heartbeat if I could! That would be my dream job, my home is my favorite place anyway!
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 8 years
I would work at home for sure! I'm actually excited for a real job when I graduate college in December, but after a while I would love to work from home. I have the worst stomach problems ever and would love the comfort of home!
Sazi Sazi 8 years
I currently work from home and i love it!! Wouldn't have it any other way.I am my own boss so no one can fire me....heheheNo irritating co-workers to deal with, i can leave it.Not having to spend so much on work clothes, gas, and rush hour traffic.Can take whatever break i need to refresh, it's not very hard for me at all, i have the discipline.I can make as much money as i want to and give myself a raise when needed.
Sazi Sazi 8 years
I currently work from home and i love it!! Wouldn't have it any other way. I am my own boss so no one can fire me....hehehe No irritating co-workers to deal with, i can leave it. Not having to spend so much on work clothes, gas, and rush hour traffic. Can take whatever break i need to refresh, it's not very hard for me at all, i have the discipline. I can make as much money as i want to and give myself a raise when needed.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Trust me your boss can be far more annoying when you work from home. I think that is part of the reason I hated it so much.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I work from home, and have for the past few years. Personally, I love it. I love being able to go running in the daylight. I love going grocery shopping when no one else is there. I love being able to take a nap in the afternoon. I love being able to cook while I'm on a conference call.I love not getting in my car for days on end.And other than the time spent on popsugar, I get a ton of work done. I don't have a hard time being motivated at all.It's really been a dream come true and I hope I can continue with it forever!!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I work from home, and have for the past few years. Personally, I love it. I love being able to go running in the daylight. I love going grocery shopping when no one else is there. I love being able to take a nap in the afternoon. I love being able to cook while I'm on a conference call. I love not getting in my car for days on end. And other than the time spent on popsugar, I get a ton of work done. I don't have a hard time being motivated at all. It's really been a dream come true and I hope I can continue with it forever!!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
I also would hate being alone, I need social interaction.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
I tend to procrastinate a lot when I'm alone, so even though this sounds great, it would be terrible for me! I'd probably spend all day on Teamsugar instead. :-P
thexxnewxromance thexxnewxromance 8 years
omg i would love too! as long as it was a legit job and i got a good paycheck.
Marci Marci 8 years
I've been working from home for years, and I'm ready to go back into the 'real' world. It can be isolating, and you definitely have to work harder to maintain sociability. In addition, there's a lot of stimulation just going to and from work that is lost that you don't even realize until you're commuting from the bedroom to where ever your desk is. I'd love to do it on a part-time basis if I could. But I have to say that in my experience, not getting dressed or working from bed definitely made me less productive. I learned early on that I needed to approach my job at home like I was going to one in an office, and shower, get dressed and have coffee. There's just a different state of mind that comes with that - for me, anyway.
Marci Marci 8 years
I've been working from home for years, and I'm ready to go back into the 'real' world. It can be isolating, and you definitely have to work harder to maintain sociability. In addition, there's a lot of stimulation just going to and from work that is lost that you don't even realize until you're commuting from the bedroom to where ever your desk is. I'd love to do it on a part-time basis if I could. But I have to say that in my experience, not getting dressed or working from bed definitely made me less productive. I learned early on that I needed to approach my job at home like I was going to one in an office, and shower, get dressed and have coffee. There's just a different state of mind that comes with that - for me, anyway.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 8 years
I used to work at a law firm that allowed me to telecommute one day a week. I LOVED IT!!! I got to sleep in at least an hour later since I didn't have to get dressed or deal with a commute, just walk over to the computer and log in! We were very computer saavy there, so almost everything I needed was accessible on my VPN. I could do phone conferences at home. Get out of the house on my "lunch" or take a nap! It was great!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 8 years
I used to work at a law firm that allowed me to telecommute one day a week. I LOVED IT!!! I got to sleep in at least an hour later since I didn't have to get dressed or deal with a commute, just walk over to the computer and log in! We were very computer saavy there, so almost everything I needed was accessible on my VPN. I could do phone conferences at home. Get out of the house on my "lunch" or take a nap! It was great!
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