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Working at Home Successfully

I’ve worked from home most of my adult life.  For the past 20 years, my work at home has revolved around the computer and in these recent years, the internet.  There was a few short years in the early 90’s when broadband wasn’t available out here in the “country” near Myrtle Beach, and I worked from an office in town, but as soon as Time Warner laid their cable on my country road, I closed up shop downtown and was comfortably back at home, where I belong!

For me, the most wonderful part of working at home is that my husband has also worked from home, and we’ve learned together how to coexist and thrive under one roof.  But, that’s a different story.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like to say goodbye each morning and go separate ways.

I’m always a little taken aback when people say things like, “Oh, I could never work at home!”  When I probe for the thinking behind that statement, I find that usually people think they couldn’t manage their time successfully without some sort of outside influence.  I don’t say it, but I would like to ask why they would perform more responsibly for other people than they would for themselves.

Why would I cheat myself by foolishly spending time watching TV or chatting with friends when my own income and sense of accomplishment rests on managing my time properly and getting things done?  Over 30 years ago, when I was a pioneer in the home school movement, (some of us were actually arrested!), I used to tell my children that cheating of any sort would be silly because it would be themselves they were cheating.  I would say, “If you don’t learn such and such, you’ll be the one uneducated – I already have my education!”  Same thing goes for working at home – if I don’t do what it takes, there’s no hiding from it – my income will dry up.

I’ve learned over the years that working at home successfully is a dance – sometimes a tango and sometimes a waltz.  But for me, it’s the only lifestyle I would ever choose.  I’m incredibly blessed to have the support of my husband and children, the very ones who cheer me on the most.  I also have the love and support of wonderful friends, who by now know better than to think that my day is free because I’m at home.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to successfully work at home.  It doesn’t happen by accident, and  I believe I can speak with authority on the subject.  So, I will do that in a few future blog posts.  I will talk about everything from mindset to office setup and the tools you need. We’ll cover time management, software, hardware, and even cooking and eating healthy.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you.
Do you work from home?
If so, how long have you done it?
What are your frustrations?

Leave a comment; I really want to know.