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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?


remedios remedios 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
I would love to work from home - laptop in front of me, cat on my lap. :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
I also would hate being alone, I need social interaction.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 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 10 years
omg i would love too! as long as it was a legit job and i got a good paycheck.
Marci Marci 10 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 10 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!
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 10 years
I would love to work from home. I hate people and commuting. Unfortunately, I can't work from home, because I am a teacher (one can hate people and still like kids). Yes, there are some online teaching jobs, but I also hate technology and some of those online schools are sketchy. But I wouldn't home school my future children, because then they would grow up to be even more antisocial than me. And most of the other jobs you can do from home just don't appeal to me very much. Really I'd like to just stay home all day with nothing to do, but I'm too poor for that.
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 10 years
I wouldn't mind having a job where I'm in the office maybe 2 or 3 times a week, and at home working the other 2 or 3 days (weekends "off" still). That way I get the best of both worlds! I think it's called a flex schedule or telecommuting, but a LOT of companies are just not clued into that idea yet =/ unfortunately...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I did an internship where a lot of my work could be done from home. I would wake up a 9, get started on some stuff and finish that, take a shower, eat, maybe run some errands, come back and work on stuff if anything came up... it was a great schedule! Plus, I could do work stuff in the evening if I needed to. It was so convenient.
StarryEyed StarryEyed 10 years
"Working from home also means you can eat and go to the bathroom whenever you want" Where on earth do you work where you can't go to the bathroom anytime you want? I'd like a combo, 2-3 days at home, 2-3 days in the office.
beautiful1nes beautiful1nes 10 years
I would love working from home that would be awesome NO boss haha I hated my last boss.
tati33 tati33 10 years
i like what lawyerjen has going...working at home for a few days could help with childcare as BlairBear said..but then the other days you go to the office you could socialize..
melkem melkem 10 years
I would love to work from home! If anyone knows a good company to do so let me know...too many companies out there are scams that is why it is so hard... Man not deal with co workers gossip and mean ways would be wonerful!!
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