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    Posted February 26, 2013 by
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    it all depends on the job...

    I've worked from home for over 10 years now. I work in the tech industry for a large corporation and I haven't worked for a manager that was in the same state as me for over 6 years. There are certainly some jobs that simply can't be done from home but in my case it would be pointless for me to work in an office. There is no one on my team that is in that office and it wouldn't give me any additional benefit to be stuck in a cubicle.

    I agree with what a lot of the other people have posted. You have to treat your "home office" as a true work space. We have a dedicated "kitchen office" that is used for personal business but my home office is solely for my work. I get up every morning - shower, get dressed, drink a cup of coffee and read the newspaper and get the kids off to school. After that it's just as if I was in a corporate office. I communicate constantly via IM, email, phone calls and I do my work. It takes some discipline. In the beginning I was prone to slack off a little during the day but you quickly realize that if you don't do your job (whether from home or in a corporate office) you're going to lose your job. I used to work with people that would say "I'm going to work from home today because I have to clean out the garage". That's not working! Just take the day off instead.

    The bottom line is that you have to have separation between home and office when you work from home. For me that is a cut off time when I switch gears from working to being a dad that's at home when their kids get home from school. It's not for everyone but if you have the discipline to do so it's a great work/life balance.

    Oh shoot! I have to get back to work now. :)
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