According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2010, 23.1 percent of Americans work from home for a traditional employer while 64.2 percent are self employed while working from home. That is more than half! The largest number our nation has ever seen. Layoffs and downsizing have been a part of our economic world for some time now directly causing the rise of self employed people with a home-based businesses.
Many people were forced to start a home-based business and are happy with the end result. People also simply wanted the new found freedom of working from their homes. People want more control of their time and work schedule. In search of a more rewarding lifestyle, increasing numbers of people are determined to become their own boss. With this choice discipline must also be applied. If you are not good at self control then working from home may not be for you.
You get up in the morning and with just a few steps, you can be at work, you don’t even need to get dressed. Many questions arise…when do you actually start working? Where is it that you will work? Your desk, bed, couch or perhaps the kitchen table? If it is during the summer months you may have kids popping in on you or a neighbor stopping over for coffee. Are you prepared for these questions and situations, especially the interruptions? Some people don’t realize you may actually work while you are at home all day.
Some people flourish with their new found freedom some flounder. Some say that without anyone else around they goof-off. Some just need the “work” routine to get into the swing of things, like taking a shower, dressing and promptly being at your desk by nine.
When speaking with most people the biggest asset is the freedom. They cherish the flexibility, convenience and control it gives them over their lives. Freedom means different things to different people. To some it means freedom to set their own hours, to leave for a child’s event during the day. It could mean freedom to be able to do meaningful work. Your control extends to when you work and what you believe is the most important task at hand.
Although working from home is not for everyone, most people doing it love it and are quick to recommend it. Most people are happier at home than in a corporate office.
Research consistently indicates that productivity rose 15 percent to 25 percent when work is done at home in telecommuting programs. It is also well established that the self-employed are the most productive people in the economy. Psychological factors contribute to the productivity gains of working from home. People experience a sense of ownership of their work, gaining a new feeling of pride in their accomplishments
Working from home can be a challenge, but it has its rewards and the skills needed to do well can be easily acquired through dedication and good time management skills.