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I Love Working Online From Home

Updated on March 5, 2013

I love working online from home.

My daily commute is pretty sweet -- I walk a whole 10 feet from my kitchen! I work online from home, and I love it.

I absolutely love working from my home office. If you've read my "About Me" lens you know I also travel a lot. I'm in my home office about half-time, and traveling around the country the other half. This life has spoiled me from being able to ever work in a traditional office again.

Early morning call? No problem! I just shuffle over to my phone in my pajamas and slippers, coffee in hand. Need to be home for a repair person? As long as it's not a day I'm traveling we're in great shape.

Working from home gives me a flexibility in my day that I don't think I could live without. Read on to learn more about what it's like to work online from home -- it might be for you!

(Picture is of my own office.)

6 Reasons I Love Working From Home

How do I love thee, work from home life? Let me count the ways:

  1. Casual clothes: I wear my normal weekend clothes every day. I have to dress up when I'm at a customer site, but the rest of the time I live in jeans
  2. Flexible schedule: Sometimes I have early morning calls. I grab my shower or go for a walk later in the day, whenever it best fits that day's schedule. If I need a quick run to the grocery store (or get a hankering for a latte) I just find a 15 minute gap in my work commitments and make it happen.
  3. Flexible location: All I need is a quiet place, an Internet connection, and my Laptop. Last month I worked in Pennsylvania in my son's spare bedroom. When my workday was done I came out and spent quality time with my grandson and granddaughter -- it was a blast!
  4. Learning my neighborhood: From my office window I see moms and their kids, neighbors walking their dogs, couples doing yard work. I can walk out and say hi for a couple minutes if I have a break between conference calls. When I worked in a traditional office I came home late and tired - I rarely made the effort to know my neighbors.
  5. Healthier eating: I never worry about a coworker bringing in donuts for everyone. I can eat my lunch whenever it best fits my day. I have my own teas (I love adagio teas) right there whenever I want them. I have fruit and veggies available without having pack a lunchbox. Yippee!
  6. Saving money: My car sees maybe 5,000 miles a year, total. I don't eat out for lunch nearly as much. My clothes are less expensive. Life is just simpler.

Sometimes the View is a Surprise

This young moose wandered through our neighborhood one February, looking for some new growth to eat. After working on my tree a few minutes, he went across the road to taste-test the neighbor's rose bushes.

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My Dogs Love Me Being Home Too

I wrote about our pugs (now deceased) in my Tribute to Tia lens. They loved it when i was home. Bob and Tia clocked a lot of hours on the dog bed next to my desk.

Home
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At first it was hard

Telecommuting from a home office isn't for everyone, and there's usually an adjustment period.

Set Boundaries:

If I shouldn't be interrupted when my husband comes home I take a moment to get up and close the door to my office. He knows if the door is open he can come in and chat for a couple minutes.

He ALSO knows that me working from home doesn't mean I'm going to do household errands, laundry, or other homemaking tasks during the day. Working from home means WORKING, something we both had to get used to.

Maintain Social Contacts:

When you work in an office there's lots of chances for hallway conversations. Working from home is different. I learned to not rely on work for my at-home social bonds.

I take a little more time to get to know my neighbors. I also joined a local knitting group that meets Wednesday evenings -- it gets me out of the house for some girl time.

Organize Your Office:

I had to learn how to set up my office. Actually, I'm still improving this. Last year I invested in a good ergonomic chair, a keyboard that worked best for me, and a docking station for my laptop. I'm willing to invest in what it takes to make my office comfortable -- it's crazy not to.

Image courtesy of BlogMama on Flickr.

Having trouble organizing your home office? - Here's some tips

I Have a Quiet Wireless Keyboard

Have you ever been on a business call where you heard someone clack-clacking on a keyboard? It's distracting, isn't it? I type a lot of notes while I'm on the phone with customers or colleagues, so I bough Logitech's extra-quiet keyboard. It gets 4.5 starts on Amazon (with over 700 reviews!).

Click the link below to check it out and see if you agree.

Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard — Backlit Keyboard, Fast-Charging, Dropout-Free 2.4GHz Connection
Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard — Backlit Keyboard, Fast-Charging, Dropout-Free 2.4GHz Connection

I love, love, LOVE this keyboard. It's whisper-quiet and has a great feel. The backlighting feature senses when your fingers get near the keyboard and light up.

 

I Invested in a Good Monitor

When I'm working from home I want a good monitor. Yes, I could make do with my laptop's screen, but I got tired of squinting! Laptops just don't give me as much screen space as I like. Also, I find myself getting a headache after several hours.

I invested in a mid-width high clarity Acer monitor. I like a wide monitor that can hold lots and LOTS of windows. My Acer 24" monitor is sturdy, clear and easy to read. My eyes are thanking me for it!

Click the link below to get more information about this monitor.

My Wireless Printer Challenges - I've learned the hard way -- be sure to check the reviews!

When my last printer died I made a huge mistake -- I didn't check the reviews before buying. What was I thinking?

I currently own an HP C310a Wireless Inkjet. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but the ink cartridges keep clogging up on me. If I'd read the reviews ahead of time I don't think I would have bought it.

I'm thinking about replacing with a more reliable printer now. I need a printer that can copy, scan, and print. It has to be wireless, and I have to also be able to print to it from my iPad and my husband's laptop. Right now I'm looking at the Epson Workforce WF-3540. It gets great reviews on Amazon and looks like it would meet my needs.

Would this printer work for you? Click the link below to learn more.

A Home Office Must-Have - An Uninterrupted Power Supply

When I'm working I need my laptop, monitor, printer, and phone -- and they all use power. My UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) does double-duty. It gives me time to shut things down safely if the power goes out AND it protects me against power surges. I wouldn't have a home office without one.

Click the link below for more details.

APC Back-UPS 550VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector (BE550G)
APC Back-UPS 550VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector (BE550G)

This UPS gets great user ratings -- an excellent option.

 

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      Keesha Metcalfe 3 years ago from The Beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica

      I love working from home too. Like you I just kind of miss the social interaction I used to have at my corporate job. But I get to spend time with my sons and more time with my husband. The best part is....less stress! People say I look younger, skin looks better! I know it's because I am less stressed. Thanks for sharing.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      Can be a great way to work if you have the discipline to switch off the TV.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Great lens. It is very informative and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      nice lens - lots of useful tips.

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      I second the monitor suggestion. I work on a laptop as well. When I finally treated myself to a second display, I greatly increased my productivity. It's so much easier to use the second monitor for viewing notes and source materials while working on documents on the laptop screen. Whenever I'm away from my desk and working, my productivity declines greatly as I have to play find the right window on the little screen again.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Very nice lens! I always enjoy seeing how others are doing their "solopreneurship" ventures. I last held a "regular" job in 1999, and that was already pretty part time... wouldn't trade my home office for anything.

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      itravel2004 lm 4 years ago

      Nice article but I will prefer outside to do my online business which I put more focus.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      You're right about the need for self-discipline when you work at home. On a lovely summer afternoon, I still find it a challenge to keep nose to grindstone, and I've been self-employed for most of my life. Guess I need a boss who will give me more weekends off. :-)

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      It definitely takes time to settle into working from home. It can be tempting to do things like a load of washing or tidying up when you should be working. Once you've got the hang of the working day it becomes easier to divide work time and relaxation time. Also, having a door to close on the office helps!

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I work from home for most part of the day too, but I have yet to set up my own home office. I love the simple life and the fact that you don't get to spend so much on misc expenses like lunch out or new attire. ^_^

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      I love working from home too. My husband works from home as well. This has allowed us to take trips in our motor home whenever we want - just bring our laptops with us and work from the RV.

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      lizb9363 4 years ago

      I loved the 'buttoned up' video. I have a problem with STUFF on my desk, mostly papers. Very frustrating! Thanks for this great lens.

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      bsalas lm 4 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: I totally understand. My home-based work is still for an employer -- having a steady paycheck is a nice thing. :)

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      bsalas lm 4 years ago

      @Gala98: Definitely not suitable for everyone. In my case I am still an employee and am telecommuting. Being self-motivated is a key requirement for working from home. I have a lot of conference calls to give me the "speaking to a human" aspect, and since my job requires 50% travel I get a lot of interaction during that point. You raise good concerns that potential homeworkers should consider.

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      bsalas lm 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan! I absolutely LOVE that keyboard -- I've never had one I liked so much before.

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      bsalas lm 4 years ago

      @Laurabpeterson: I work for a firm based in California and telecommute. I'm a Sales Engineer with a national territory -- I travel about 50% and work from my home office the other 50%. My neighbor does software support from her home office. We've been known to go on walks together during lunch when i'm in town.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens! Always great to hear from others that work at home. I love the moose picture! I'm curious if you work for a company that allows you to telecommute or if you work for yourself.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You are right on with your advice for working at home. I've worked at home for more than a dozen years and I still have to fight the temptations (and phone calls from the kids, requests from the dog and cat, etc.) - but it's all so very worth it! Thanks for the keyboard review. I like the one I have, but I've always wanted an illuminated keyboard, so I will seriously consider an upgrade. Great lens, very enjoyable read!

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      Gala98 4 years ago

      Funnily enough, I wrote my dissertation about 'teleworking' way back in 1996. I took me forever to do because my tutor/supervisor kept saying it was 'too cutting edge' lol. I've been kind of working from home for a while now & it is definitely the social aspect I miss most. Some days I don't speak to another human at all & I can't even have pets here :( having said that, mine isn't a structured job, it's me trying to be independent. Perhaps if I was reporting in to an office based manager etc it would be easier. It all sounds great but it really isn't suitable for everyone unfortunately.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I would love to work from home but have an office job to make me feel financially secure.