Working @ Home


Like many here, I work at home. I have a nice cosy (read, quite small..) office upstairs overlooking the garden. On sunny days i can choose when i want to take a couple of hours out, at least to a certain extent, and do something like walk the dogs on the beach or play with my daughter, and on dreary days i can choose get up late and work late.

Currently, in "the office" i have

  • 2 desktops, my main one running Gentoo, and a glorified radio player running Windoze
  • A small sofa, just big enough to lie down on if it's been a particularly tiring day sitting around in me pants checking rss feeds
  • Optionally, a cat and two dogs that like to hang out here from time to time

All of that, bar the animals, is housed on a big L shaped desk with one shit chair (i really need a new chair..)

All communications can be handled from here, from voice to text to fax if really needed, and i've managed to make this little space an *almost* complete communications hub. My business is online, so my communications are mostly online. On the rare occasions that i have to leave the house on actual business, it always feels a bit weird - im a bit reclusive by nature and i've become very accustomed to biz being done in this room, and everything else happening out of it, though this could change a bit when the new laptop gets delivered heh.. For me, that's close to perfect.

There are drawbacks to working at home aswell as benefits though. Some of those include:

  • Being shouted at from downstairs to come help with something
  • Working to your own schedule. Sounds great in theory, but you either do nothing or work 16hrs+ a day, i tend to the latter but have also slid toward the former on occasion.
  • No cameraderie with fellow workers (this could also appear on the benefits list as far as im concerned though..)
  • A tendency not to get dressed till lunchtime (again, take your pick which list that goes on..)

Overall though, i could no sooner picture myself wearing a suit again than I could jumping out of an plane (im dreadfully afraid of heights, and jobs) so it suits (heh..) me well.

I work too many hours most of the time, but the important thing for me is that it's my choice to do so.

Home or Office?
So, are most of the folks here working at home or office, and why?


Your story is my story

Except for the fact that I have a really comfortable chair, and a few minor points about what I have in my office, I could have written the post above. I could never, ever work anywhere else now. I used to have insomnia. Well, actually, I still do. But it doesn't matter now. It mattered when I would fall asleep at 5 a.m. and have to get up at 6 a.m. to commute to work. Now, I can get up whenever I want, take a nap whenever I want, and work whenever I want. Truly glorious!

Most people reading this today are presumably working from home

Beats real work this.

As you say, one swings between no work and long days when you work from home.

I have two desktops in different rooms in the house, and a wireless system, so that within reason I can work anywhere in the house. We live about a mile from the Mediterranean here, 500 feet up and with views for miles up and down the coast. I sometimes wonder how I ever get any work done at all.

Typical sort of day today - clear blue skies and temperatures in mid 20s C. Did an hours work before breakfast, which we had on the balcony at 9.30, then worked till 1pm. Went out to buy some pots from the garden centre and had lunch in town - town being Moraira, a very pleasant small town on the Costa Blanca.

A jug of Sangria and the "gastromic menu" at 16 euros, sitting in the shade is hard to beat. Really good scallops, pheasant and tarta. You don't feel like much work after that, but back by 4.30 and worked till 7.30.

Break now, glass of Rioja and dinner, and probably another hour later. So I get a days work done, and haven't really pushed myself.

Happily I do not possess a suit, my corporate days are long gone, I guess I don't need them, and they do not need me. I guess a vice I have is "wasting" time online doing things like typing this, but what the heck, I don't need to work all the time.

>Most people reading this

>Most people reading this today are presumably working from home

No, I'm at the office. I'm usually at the office on weekends as I really like the feeling of large, EMPTY buildings --no phones (except the private, family-calls-only lines) as the switchboard is shut down.

>a mile from the

>a mile from the Mediterranean here

About 50ft here. And yes, I find it difficult to get work done sometimes.

Work from home

and most of the time I love it. Occasional downsides:

  • Distractions for others in house
  • Work too many hours, but what else do I have to do ;-)
  • I need a better chair too

I really like the freedom to take a nap during the day after too much TW reading ;-)

I've been a boss of employees, an employee and self employed. Self employed seems the best route for me.

Good weekend thread (really liked the laptop one last week), now I better get some work done on my own site.


I sit at the kitchen table

I sit at the kitchen table most days, although when it's nice outside I'm out on the patio, when it's dreary I throw a DVD on and work through a Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, or Star Trek marathon. There are two wifi access points in the house so I can go anywhere in the house (or across the street or into a neighbors house for that matter) and work if I needed to. As my youngest isn't old enough for school full time I have her two days a week. On the other days I have both kids from 3pm until dinner. So I work lots of late nights and weekends, but then when you're doing something you enjoy it's not really work.

While this probably is TMI I spent most of June, July, and August in a bathing suit and t-shirt. I've made "getting dressed" before 9 a priority it helps me shift gears mentally. Not talking to people regulalry is both a blessing and a curse. I get way more work done, but unless it intrudes into my online life I have no idea what's going on. I think one the reasons I listen to podcasts is to hear adults talk.

I've gotten really bad about late night foods. Sometimes I'll have two red bulls after 11 to finish up a project, and I'll be sitting in bed at 3am wide awake.

seconded - good weekend thread

first off, nick, take care of that chair situation. when i switched to something expensive and ergonomic/orthotic/other-vaguely-scientific-word-that-makes-chairs-costly, i really did find a demonstrable improvement in quality of life. previously, i always felt beat at the end of a day. change chairs, and whaddaya know? feel great at the end of the day. our bodies weren't built for sitting, so we need to give them the best possible advantage if we expect them to be subject to this abuse.

on a side note, i can imagine a disturbing future where the shape of the human body has been radically altered by this new lifestyle - a species with pale skin, squinting eyes, soft hands, weak necks, and huge wallets.... (partial attribution to hunter thompson on that one....)

No cameraderie with fellow workers (this could also appear on the benefits list as far as im concerned though..)

damn skippy. having to wade through a sea of forced-smile interactions every day is right at the ass-end of my list of favorite things to do. "oh! hey.... you! how are things?" this can make walking down the hallway to get a cuppa feel more like running the gauntlet.

to cornwall's point, i think that the fact that there are people reading this right now is a testament to the fact that a lot of us love what we do, whether at the office or at home. the concept of "weekend" is kinda meaningless to me now, compared to corporate jobs i've had in the past where you can feel every second ticking off the clock until friday at 5pm. sorry to bring up that old chestnut, but confucius say "choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." not that a large number of days don't feel like gnarly work, but doing something you really enjoy on your own terms and on your own time is an argument that wins itself.

Being shouted at from

Being shouted at from downstairs to come help with something

Oh boy - no shortage of that with three young kids around. :)

My wife started working from

My wife started working from home back in 1998 and I started in 2001. I'm the recluse (which is a bit odd because all my previous work put me in face to face contact with a lot of people) while my wife really is a people person.

The isolation of working from home has finally got to her and she now 'rents' a desk three days a week at a friends shop - she still does runs our business from there but it also gives her the contact with other people that she needs.

I'm beginning to find that not getting out is messing with my head too.

That's one of the biggest problems working online from home and you know it's bad and you need to do something about it when it becomes hard to walk out to the letter box to check the mail.

I'll find out soon enough

I am making the transition from office to home office so this thread is very interesting to me. Got a bit of advice from people in the know, such as make sure everyone knows you really are working and not unemployed porn downloader. I think I will miss the office banter, will have to make sure I schedule regular lunch visits with people. Despite being shy I am a people person at heart :O)

My chair is crap, I am going to take the learned posters advice above and get an ergotastical chair. And position it less than a mile from the med. Or west coast canada. Either or.

What was it that prompted you guys to leave corporate life and work from home? For me it was missing my family (my daughter would be in bed before I got home) and the thought that I was working hard to make someone else rich.

>>I'm beginning to find that

>>I'm beginning to find that not getting out is messing with my head too.

That gets me socially, i can do it, and although i say it myself, i can do it quite well, but each year i work away from home, with only my wife/daughter and the occasional outing makes it just that bit harder when you really have to pull the social skills out of the attic and go to town you know?


I had nothing better to do. Literally.

I'm at the Office

Here I am in the office on a Saturday, which happens rarely. I'm usually working from home on the weekends, but I simply can't operate full-time out of my home office - I need the office to make me feel like a real business.

Plus, I need to meet with our other employees - it would be pretty odd to have them at my house.

I think working from home is cool; it's just not something I can do regularly.

Yeah, from home too...

Like the others, sitting at home (except swap the Med for some ski slopes!)...

I wouldn't change a thing now, but a couple of years back I did deliberately make a decision to take time to work/play outside the computer and outside the house.

So nowadays in summer I'll take people up into the mountains for a few days a week and winter help out a couple of weeks in the ski school. It not only stops me turning into a slug (and reminds me that I do have social skills in real life) it also helps me be more productive when I do return to the home office.

And that's the dream of working for yourself and at home - work when there is work, play when there is play to be had and divide interest and income into multiple streams.

Wanted to work for myself again before I got too old to set something new up.

My problem is

when I work from home I tend to have a beer. One beer leads to two, two to three and before you know it I'm asleep :)

Chris - our kids were all

Chris - our kids were all grown up and gone so that wasn't my motivation. Instead I had managed to get side-tracked into a dull, boring and very mundane job that still managed to be highly stressful.

I had the skills that I needed to do what I am doing but I wasn't getting to use them and so I decided to make the jump.

For nearly 30 years I had worked in jobs that required me to wear a uniform - sometimes the uniform changed but there was always a uniform. When I started to work for myself fulltime I found that I still needed a 'uniform' to help get my head into the working mode each day.

That gradually wore off and today I sit here in sub-tropical Queensland working in nothing but a pair of shorts because it's too bloody hot to wear anything else. But lots of people find that they need something in the first couple of years after they leave paid work to help keep them focused and productive. For me it was having a shave every morning and getting ready for work by putting my 'uniform' on.

And make sure you do get a good chair - replace it every 12 months - otherwise your body won't be able to stand the strain for very long at all.

Home 7 years now...

Starting to get more cabin fever but calling up my friends and going out for lunch and a few pints seems to get me past it most days. My wife works at home 3 days a week so I have someone else besides the cat sitting on top of my monitor to keep me company a few days a week.

Although you don't have cameraderie from fellow workers you also don't have the back stabbing, the boss, the criticism, the unreasonable deadlines, the time clock and time watchers, the bean counters, being politically correct or any of the other absurdities that go along with the office.

Heck, I could put a little Xmas tree on my desk decorated with dehydrated bacon and little pig ornaments and stuff little presents wrapped in hanukkah paper under the tree not worry about offending anyone whatsoever.

Home 7 years also

Am I the only one that feels he is becoming lazy? I can make a comfortable living working part time from my home office and get to enjoy my children growing up around me.

There is one negative - when looking for a home loan I have found that I am one small step above an unemployeed person. I am moving back to Chicago and my mortgage banker couldn't understand that I haven't had a W2 (tax document from employeer showing earned income) for years.

If you don't have a W2 you're a second class citizen - no matter that you make 10 times the average income.

P.S. - My wife bought me an Aeron chair for Father's Day which has made it even easier to sit upright and take a nap.

Top left BLACK section

I work @ the top of the TALL building on the left.
The area looks BLACK from the outside but is warm & fuzzy on the inside.

Most people visit me at my other office which is the lobby of seo/sem conference hotels...

Life's a Beach for me :)

Who wants to work 30 floors up when you can work where I do.

I took the photo in the header just as we were coming into winter last year - it's a bitch living and working here but someone has to do it

Hervey Bay


Being at home is nice for getting up late and working in my pants, but I always try to get to the office because there's a great cafe for breakfast and lattes in the building (I put wi-fi there for myself), and my office is full of sexy girls in miniskirts (I sit by the water cooler).

What would you do if you were me?

Couch Centric Office

When I am not flying around to client sites, I make it all happen from a 7 person sectional couch. That's a lot of couch and I'd recommend a couch newb starts off something more traditional or they might drown. Across from said couch is a rather large TV (I'd recommend no less than 43" or it's hard to view from your peripheral vision). And backing up that TV is the 3rd greatest invention ever, TiVo, so that when the aforementiond clients call, I am not missing a lick of TV. Throw a few wireless points of broadband into the equation and I am primed for consulting miracles.

Other things I'd recommend are a VoIP infrastructure. This keeps the annoying fax machine sound or the toll-free line from interrupting sports on the TV as those documents or voicemails are now shipped to my email...which happens to be on my lap...on the front of the big TV.

I have had an office at the largest software/internet/media services company in the world and, while their name on a W2 opened some pretty kickass doors, if you ever want me to go back you'll have to pry the TiVo remote from my cold, dead hands.

As glamorous and laid back as that all seems, I find that I end up working more 18 hour days on the couch than I ever did for the man. This is probably attributable to comfort levels and efficiency going through the roof so I can remained focused longer.

Gotta go! The delivery guy is here.

MrMackin, are you otherwise

MrMackin, are you otherwise known as Emperor Ming?

the merciless? yeh, that's

the merciless?

yeh, that's him.


It's really a mixed bag for me

I've certainly done both (having a corporate job, working from home), and am working from home currently with occasional trips to visit a client.

My "office" is the same as my bedroom. Given realestate prices in San Francisco, I suppose that that's not so surprising or uncommon.

On the whole, I feel very mixed about the whole thing. At my last corp gig, I had TONS of free food (restaurant food + snacks!), was surrounded by amazingly smart and (mostly) interesting people. At the corp job before that, I didn't have the perks or the pay, but I was (forgive the superficiality) surrounded by glorious amounts of eye-candy and I also had a super-nice and hard working guy for a boss.

So currently, my boss is amazingly brilliant, handsome, and witty... but being one's own boss can also be frustrating. And the only eye candy I get when working is p^h^h^h^ the Milka bar sitting on my desk.

It's also way too tempting to engage in poor time management, like posting on sites like this, for instance. I figure, well, I can finish up my client work at 11pm! No rush.

On the flip side, though, I love the flexibility. Friends want to meet for a 3 hour lunch? No prob. I want to take a 5 day weekend? No sweat. Have a great late party on Thu night and want to sleep until noon? My roommate makes fun of me, but so what? :)

With one of my last corporate gigs, I tried to make this deal: 80% work schedule for 80% of pay and benefits, so I could have every Friday off to work on other projects (with much of my accumulated knowledge, in fact, likely to be useful for that company). My boss said sure, but HR said, hmm... sounds like a lazy boy to me. Bzzzt.

So here I am, back working at home, making good money, doing some interesting work and blessed with generally excellent clients... but I still wish I could have the best of both worlds.

I love working from home

I haven't had a real job working for the man since 1976.

I tried to go back to it in the 80's and lasted 2 whole days. That time frame is a life time to some of you, but it gets into your system to be totally free and you just can't get it out.

Watched kids grow up, eat when you want, work when you want and party when you want. How could that be a bad thing? My uncle told me when I was a youngster "Any damn fool can get a job, but it takes a smart and determined person to work for themselves."
I've been striving for that smart comment for ever:)

Wifi makes for a truly

Wifi makes for a truly mobile office, helped along by EVDO and Clearwire. I often tell people I work at Starbucks.

The "home office" is just a place to put stuff like the printer and a room for spreading out prior to a meeting or trip. I've got an Aeron chair and a $99 office supply chair, and the $99 is my first choice.

Best spot for working wifi? My deck is perched high above a creek, sheltered from direct sun/wind by the house. Perfect. Close second? The great room has a wood stove for which I am the official tender. The kids are in bed by 9 but the fire lasts until 3 or 4.

Ah, yeah, I should make use of my new tablet pc

Haven't used it much for work yet, just reading feeds while on the couch (I know, that's pathetic :P)

And hey, one bit of advice re: chairs, since I've seen them mentioned in this thread. One of my favorite 'seats' (not really a chair) is my PostureBall. A co-worker had it in the office back in 2001, and we initially thought he was daft, but after trying it, tons of other colleagues and I bought one. Takes a little getting used to, but it's great to bounce on to loud music, burn some calories, de-stress a bit, and curb the slouching habit.


Reading this thread made me yearn for the college days of yesteryear (well, last year)...

Get up at noon... check Adsense stats... shower... go to the single class I took where the prof took attendance... lunch... back to dorm room to check Adsense stats... check Threadwatch... waste 3 or 4 hours doing God knows what... dinner... check Adsense stats... do an hour of work on my Web sites... check Adsense stats... do 1/2 hour of homework, crack open a PBR... walk over to the Skirt's dorm to tuck her in... come home... check Adsense stats... fall asleep watching the Simpsons...

Now I have the 9 to 5er (by choice, not necessity). Could be a lot worse, I still get to check Threadwatch all day. The dress code really bums me out though -- they require pants!!!


Working from bedroom number three here. Not really opposed to working in an office, just not seeking a position since it's easy enough to earn a living without a real job. Plus, with a young son, it's worth avoiding long hours away from home, I don't want to be one of those dads who misses their kid's entire childhood.

If you have staff you cannot

If you have staff you cannot stay home. I try and work from home one day a week to make me feel like I am free but like to be in the office by 9, if not I will get lazy.

SlyOldDog is my (lazy) brother. He is always sipping lattes until 10:30 letting me sort all the probs :). As we run our business through instant messenger/db's and webcams it really does give us freedom to get stuff done where ever we may be in the world but there is still no substite for an eyeball conversation with your staff. Unfortunately no mini skirts in my office, the women we employ look like a bulldog chewing a wasp.


Something worth underlinging about being at home with the kids, though - I noticed recently that although I saw the kids, I wasn't really spending any quality time with them.

So, sure, work from home and see your kids grow up. But it's worth remembering to be an active part of that process, not just an observer.

Something I've been trying to ensure I correct with myself of late.

Good call Brian

I will definately take that advice. My wife remembers from her childhood her dad was constantly studying for exams to gain promotion so her earliest memories of her dad was being shouted at for interupting his concentration :OS

Any other tips?

So we have

  • Get a good chair and work environment
  • Meet people so you don't become a complete recluse and lose all social skills
  • Spend quality time with the kids
  • Work on your own terms and on your own time
  • Don't have a beer till you are finished for the day as one leads to two which leads..
  • Use Wi-fi

Any more to add or that I have missed?

Any more to add or that I have missed

Make sure that you are earning enough money to sustain the lifestyle.

Charles Dickens:- Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery

Need a door.

I have been telecommuting for just over a year now. Moving to a home office was like immediately giving myself a $1000 a year raise due to gas savings. (Nowadays it's like $2000-$3000 a year in savings.) I don't miss the commute.

The one tip I would add is: Make sure you have a door to your home office. You don't need to use it all the time, but it is good for 2 things:
1. Keeping out the occassional distractions when you are on a call or need to concentrate.
2. Keeping you out of the office when you should be living your life.

Yep, thats me too

Lots of 'yep, thats me too' moments reading this thread, especially with the reclusive types :)

>the important thing for me is that it's my choice to do so.

I went self employed in April this year & now work from the back bedroom. Less hours, more money. My better half still works in town so I get up in the morning with her, we have our morning Lavazza and fags together, then she has an hour's nightmare dealing with London's public transport and the animal commuters while I shuffle upstairs and gaze out the window for another half hour. All day sometimes.

I'd never worked full time for anyone before I started doing web stuff in offices for cash 5 yrs ago (just turned 40 this year) so I've just managed to get back to my natural state. It feels like I've been in a long dark tunnel for 5 yrs & just come out the other side - I suppose really I've just achieved a goal I've had for the last few years and should be happy and kicking back. Unfortunately tho I have an extremely short attention span and get bored with things quickly once they've been achieved, so I've got a new goal to work towards now and won't be happy till I've got it done. Maybe its the human condition.

I've just started a book called 'complicated lives - the malaise of modernity' by Michael Willmott and William Nelson, I suspect its a medium sized idea dressed up as a really big one, but I think there's an element of truth in it. I used to get to the end of every day totally exhausted by just getting through it, just wanting to sit down, skin up and zone out. Things are much more manageable now and I have more time for the people, well, person, that makes my life worth living. You can't knock that.

Any more to add or that I have missed?.....

yes.. Don't employ women that look like a bulldog chewing a wasp. (unless of course they are as smart as Gurtie)

>> Any other tips?

- Try to keep the open browswers down to a minimum. It is very easy to loose *focus*.

- Threadwatch, Cre8asite, Syndk8 or whatever is your choice of the moment are excellent reading, but you don't get anywhere until you put knowledge into practice.

Moving back home

I've worked at home for about 5 years and love it. I've got a seperate office in the house set up exactly as I want, with a wonderful view. My wife works with me (think great lunches freshly prepared and coffee put in front of you just when you're about to think 'I could sure use a coffee') and we get to spend some quality time together. And I'm here when the kids get back. Honestly, I might make more money doing something else, but I feel like I have the best life I could imagine.

6-8 months ago I moved into an office as I needed some extra staff to get a project completed. The new location has been helpful in keeping my work <50 hours per week and keeping me focussed ON work (instead of refreshing stats/threadwatch/forums etc). But I've really missed out on lifestyle quality.

So at Christmas I'm moving back to the house - I can hardly wait. I'm going to modify my work habits a bit to remain focused but with that in place I can't imagine doing anything else with my life.

Above poster is right however, you need to make an effort to enjoy it. After the first couple of years I was at home I learned:
- I'm not too busy to help my kids with homework at 4:00.
- I'm never too busy to push away from the computer and give my spouse my full attention for a few minutes.
- I'm not too busy that I can't take a morning off and go shopping or other outing with my wife.

In fact, those have all become benefits rather than distractions once I made them that way.

Thank goodness for the Internet...

...which has allowed all of us to be able to live and work this way!

I laugh when I still see all those "work at home" type ad scams. For those that really want to work at home, they should hook up with an Internet marketer and there should be plenty of work you can do to help out.

My office is much the same as the rest of you. I worked out of my dining room for many years, but a couple of years ago, we decided to turn out screened porch into an actual room/office. It's just right. It was pretty unfurnished other than my desk, some file cabinets and the printer until just recently when we bought a nice loveseat and coffee table. Now, when I am tired of sitting at my desk and need to be more comfy, I just fire up the laptop on the loveseat and work from there. It's great to be able to lie down and do a few hours of keyword research or whatever!


I work out of a small apartment in a small armpit of a town that smells all the time, like poop. (So now you know why some of my posts come across a little grumpy.) I have a bedroom that I sleep in and the rest of the apartment is an office where me and my people work ungodly hours and consume mass quantities of caffeine, donuts and the occasional gourmet meal with some very very good wine... (Ste. Chapelle - Idaho Wine - World Class)

Just hired two new folks, so I am now looking for a new space to set up living/office... I am going to get away from the poop smell, I just can’t take it much longer...

– A good chair. Looks like I am not alone, I have been using a $2.00 stacking plastic chair with a large pillow on it for some time now. Monday I am off to the office supply store to get a ‘good’ chair...

...A good chair...

I'm not sure they exist, if I find one I'll let you know as I replace mine about once a year. I live in this damn chair and I'm pretty sure the people that design them don't assume it's a 24/7 living arrangement nor do they expect people to recline in them non-stop as the center post under the seat is usually the point of stress failure when the chair poops out.

The one I'm current parked in is a very comfy [url=]Samsonite chair[/url]

I alternate between fabric and leather, depends on the chair.

If any part on a chair can break, I've broken it, from casters to bolts sheering off, so I always take the extended warranty @ Staples - they've already replaced 2 chairs for free. One rather well built (so I thought!) chair suddenly had the arm piece split in 2 pieces as I was reclining - new chair in an hour :)

Can't work from home...

I've tried it, but it just doesn't work. I get too distracted (we live by the beach).

One of the bonuses of working in an office is that I look up and right at the end of my desk there's a huge window which literally looks out onto Sydney harbour (bridge, opera house, mmmm... very nice). That tends to refresh me. :)

Join a gym.

I've worked at home for 7 years, since quitting the corporate job. I get more done now that my wife has joined the business "full-time"; I play a lot fewer games during work hours, etc. :-)

Thanks to AdSense, though, and raising 3 kids under 5 years old, there IS no more "full-time" around here for either of us. Instead we've cut back expenses, and we each do a few hours a week. There's just too many distractions.

There's no way - NO way - I'll ever go back to an office environment. I even tried hiring a part-timer last month, and all *I* had to do was show up for 4 hours each day, and that drove *me* nuts. I hated having to be "on call". I will have additional employees someday, but they will have to be very self-sustaining. I'll check in, etc. but I love answering to no one.

We have an office that takes up a living room. It has a beautiful panoramic view of a large bay. But we've decided to give it up and move into town. We both started going to the gym regularly, and that makes all the difference. No more cabin fever, and we're getting fit, feeling better and accomplishing more at work.

We'll also be giving up the big office space when we move. I'm thinking about having two little fold-away kind of desks in a large room, maybe the corner of a rec room. Really, all we need are the computers and a filing cabinet. We bought huge desks a few years back, and they are just covered with useless stuff. When we did website design, it was handy, but with just publishing its unnecessary.

Anyway: my recommendation for those that work at home is to join a gym. Feel better, look better, get out more. I love going at like 10am, and parading around with all the retired people and the Mommies. And telling everyone, no, I'm not unemployed, I'm "semi-retired". :-)

I also agree with the poster who mentioned that the "distractions" of working at home are really the BONUSES of working at home. You need to just say, "OK, we'll make a little less money this year but really enjoy our lives and be involved in it".

I had a serious health scare a while back. And as I was in the ambulance heading to the hospital, the first thing that came to my mind was that I was happy with my life, and how much I've been involved with the family. The business is great, but when push comes to shove, it just doesn't matter. I can't imagine anyone thinking "I wish we'd have reached X dollar amount" when they die, but believe me, you will regret NOT having more time with your loved ones.

Gyms are all very well.

Clearly they work for some people.

I never could get on with them, not one bit. Usually full of posers wearing fluorescent lycra comparing their bulges (or lack of). Eewgh, nasty.

I've always found it much more enjoyable to do some kind of exercise where you get a benefit from the work you put in - ie you pull an oar and the boat moves, you move the legs and the bike moves, you know. I find that a lot less painful than pushing weights up and down but that's just me.

no affiliate link lol

but the Total Gym is awesome. The one Chuck Norris pushes. Really really good IMHO.


I am going to have to move my gym membership to the one near where I live rather than the corporate one but I found I was more motivated to do exercise because of the social aspect and also because I was paying for it ;O) We also bought bikes and the additional "free prize" with the bikes was we spent time as a family getting fresh air in nice scenery. Something you don't get with the gym. I like having the option of both, particularly as the weather turns yucky.

Working at home for 5 years

I'll never ever go back to an office with backbiting and pointless meetings again! I started tethered to a desk until last year I got a laptop (Toshiba Satellite) and wireless and now I sit at a counter in the middle of the house and action. I can sit outside if the kids are out, or to a local hotspot to get out (but I don't do that much). It's great.

I don't know how many women are in this thread, but the hardest thing for me is I am a wife and mother and a business person. I don't have the luxury of asking what's for dinner, or ignoring the mountain laundry, grocery shopping, doctor visits and insurance forms, etc. My day is constantly interrupted and do expect chaos in the background if you call unscheduled. Sounds weird, but I sometimes wish I were a husband and not a wife!

Being on the computer, I fight to with the same 10 extra pounds, but we did get a treadmill and I watch my favorite shows while I'm walking. Not losing alot, but I am more concerned about my health longterm and getting moving. I also use freeweights to keep muscle mass(I need it in Montana LOL).

Despite exhaustion, I wouldn't trade my work for anything and can't imagine ever fully retiring. I am able to get to teacher meetings and take my boys to breakfast, and meet with friends during the week. Plus I am thankful I have work I can train my kids to do when they are older, and they may never have to work for the man either!


A friend advises me to get sunlight. Something I didn't think about but apparently there are lots of bad things associated with being indoors all the time :OS

I’ve moved from a deluxe

I’ve moved from a deluxe 24’ * 12’ fully kitted out office, 2 desks, server, laptop, stand alone, swivel chairs to a miserable spare bedroom. With an A0 drawing board on one side and a bed settee on the other the keyboard is balanced on top of the server (which is now on it’s last legs) and there is only just enough room to get by if I move the swivel chair.

But hey we’ve moved into the country and I’ve got fields to the front, orchards, and woodland to the back. In my 20’s I’d have said dick head, in my 30’s I might have said wanker (or if there are ladies present twit) now I say wow, so what, I love being self employed and I love being in the sticks.

Threadwatch Support Group

Threadwatch Support Group for Work-at-Homeaholics

I was about to participate in an interesting thread at Threadwatch, when I realized that most of the people who did were men. The other thing I realized is that none of them do the laundry while they're working.

Good points from the girly camp :)

She missed the most important part!

That most of us men probably sit around naked or as close as possible within the constraints of our environment so we can seriously scratch - something frowned upon in the uptight office environment.

Role reversal

I've been home-based for over five years, and my biggest challenge has been training friends and family that I'm truly "at work" and they shouldn't take offense if I can't / won't drop what I'm doing just because they ask.

My hours are insane sometimes, but I enjoy the ability to be flexible about both when and where I work. The latter has been particularly valuable over the last couple of years when we moved several times because of my husband's studies. As long as I can plug in and log on, it doesn't matter where I am. Have laptop, will travel!

One of my most pleasant and focused working experiences was on a camping trip in North Dakota. I was working offline, building a new section for an existing site. I'd work until the laptop battery needed to be recharged, then quit for the day and go hiking or something. I uploaded everything when I got home. I could get used to that ...

I won't talk about how much my husband does around the house, because it would make other women jealous to know that I hardly ever cook any more!

i don't understand why women

i don't understand why women think wearing clothes is preferable to not. The girlfriend thinks I'm weird, she just doesn't understand that to wear pants when not socially mandated is to be a sucker.

you guys really do that?

I always thought "underpanters" was just a saying referring to the possibility of working in your underpants, if for some odd reason you felt like that. I never imagined that somebody would actually do that.

If you guys (and girls, too?) really do that, that's got to be either an anglo-saxon thing, or a mega-trend. Obviously, if it's a common thing to do I'll have to re-evaluate my idea of home-workers in general.

I work at home too, but normally fully clothed. Of course, when it's summer I spend a fair bit of time in beach attire, but then I'm at the beach as well, which obviously isn't working.

(beach is fully functional though)

What surprises me

is why do you need underpants when you don't have trousers on - wiping problem?


>> i don't understand why women think wearing clothes is preferable to not

because naked men sitting around scratching aren't a pretty sight :)

I always thought

I always thought "underpanters" was just a saying referring to the possibility of working in your underpants, if for some odd reason you felt like that. I never imagined that somebody would actually do that.

It's huge amongst SEOs. The underpanters even have their own industry group now: UPONG

Working at home is difficult for me..

As an adult with ADHD, I get distracted easily, so I *have* to have structure.

One of the things I have to do is to dress like I am going to an office. And I have to have somewhat set hours otherwise I won't get away from the damn computer. I find it easier to make myself stick to set hours..that way I know that I will have free time at some point to relax.

Also working from home :-)

I got a "semi office" slightly split off from the living room. It sure got its ups and downs. Sometimes I can take on sessons of 20 hours, but sometimes it is difficult to get work done.

Been doing it for 2 years

And man, do I need a new chair. Whew, I'm buying one tomorrow, as my back has had enough.

I have a home office with a private bathroom (thank god), a PC, laptop and a good TV to keep the news playing all the time. Keeps me in the home office, rather than roaming about the house, or spending too much time sneaking TV time in the living room. Since I work in PR/Marketing, I can work from anywhere, and if I've had enough of the home office, I just fwd the phone to my cell and work from a coffee shop.

As far as working in PJ or less - can't do it. I have to shower, shave and dress to feel like I'm actually working. If I really need to feel like I'm on a deadline - I wear button down shirts instead of T-shirts :-)

I've learned to schedule my time around my son's sleep schedule, thank

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