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Is Working at Home Really Right for You?

I know so many people who dream of being able to work at home. I also know a lot of people who would find it to be an absolute nightmare. How do you know if it’s right for you?

Do You Need to Be Around Other Adults All Day?

Working at home, especially with kids in the house, can be very isolating. You don’t get much time to talk to other adults. For some people that’s not a problem, but for others it’s an absolute deal breaker.

Social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as online forums, take away some of the isolation, but if you really love being around people that may not be enough. They really aren’t the same, although they can be tremendously distracting.

Do You Prefer to Be Supervised?

Some people prefer more supervision when they work than others. I don’t mean boss standing literally over your shoulder type of supervision; I mean the sort where you’re told what to do and when to do it.

Working at home works best when you’re primarily or entirely self motivated. Many work at home jobs require a schedule, but there’s still a lot of self motivation in sticking to that schedule and in really getting things done. It’s very easy to take too many breaks when you’re at home.

It gets even worse if you go the home business route and it’s all up to you. You have to figure out what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and how you’re going to get it done. If you don’t you aren’t going to be very successful in your business.

How Well Do You Cope with Distractions?

Being at home is very distracting. If you have kids, they’re often underfoot and asking questions. The television is right there, and the phone. So is the kitchen and the dirty laundry. Worst of all for some, the internet is waiting to be explored.

If you can’t cope with these distractions and more, you’re going to have a lot of trouble working at home.

Do You Know When to Stop for the Day?

One of the best things about working outside the home is that for many when you come home, that’s it. Your work day is over. Some bring work home with them, but for most the day is over when you’re at home.

When you work at home, doubly so for home business, work is always right there, waiting for you. And if you need extra money it’s going to be really tempting to take on some extra work.

For the sake of your sanity and your family, you need to be able to stop working. Spend time with your loved ones. Quit stressing about what you could be accomplishing and live life a little.

Stephanie Foster’s is a resource for moms who want to work at home. Learn how to make smart choices when finding a work at home job at her site.