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Weekend Conversation :: What’s the Best Part About Working at Home


Earlier this week we talked about how being an entrepreneur can help alleviate depression. Many of you had quite a bit to say about how great it was to leave the 9 to 5 grind and pursue your dreams.

So, since many of you are already working at home either as entrepreneurs, in telecommuting positions, or just have some flexibility in your jobs, I’m hoping you will share what your favorite part of working at home is?

Let’s give those 9 to 5′ers some more reasons to pursue their dreams!

What’s my favorite part?

Being able to do the work I was put on this earth to do. Make a difference in people’s lives - both yours and my family’s as I get more time with them.

So what do you think is the best part about working at home?

Thanks to Richard, Shiraz, 45n5, Windyridge, Laura, Aruni, Dennis, David, & Busy Mom for chatting it up last week about our favorite money makers!

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    On October 6th, 2007 at 8:28 am, 45n5 said:

    I’ve “worked from home” for a corporation before and I currently “work from home” as a self employed person.

    Working from for a corporation is like working in an office without most the politics and you can do it in your pajamas with a big bowl of cereal next to you. However when they call a mandatory “in office” meeting or training you still need to jump.

    Working from home and self employed means you do what you want when you want, you make the hours, you approve your own vacations, days off, lol ;-)

    It’s really everything you could imagine, and MORE. If I had to pick one thing, even though I love it all, it’s not having to get things “approved”.

    it’s YOUR life, you shouldn’t have to ASK some schmuck to spend time with your spouse on your anniversary, or get off for a wedding, or to go to parent day at school, or take a ME day, etc.

    On October 6th, 2007 at 9:42 am, Randa Clay said:

    The best part about working from home for me is being with my son, though some days I appreciate that *less* than others, if you know what I mean. I also like the complete freedom to manage my own work, choose the projects I want to work on, take a nap when I feel like it, etc.

    On October 6th, 2007 at 9:44 am, Jordan (MamaBlogga) said:

    Whenever I think about my work situation, I realize that not everyone—not even everyone who works from home—is so lucky to have a work environment so suited to their needs.

    I love that I can spend my time with my son, doing what we want to do, because I only have to work a few hours a day.

    We can run errands when businesses are open. We can go do all the fun things in the area. But most of all, we can play almost all day long.

    On October 6th, 2007 at 10:18 am, Stephanie said:

    I love the flexibility, although there are days that it drives me nuts to be the one people know can be called on when something needs doing. I don’t agree unless it really is necessary, but there are times where it all piles up.

    I also love being around my kids… most of the time. I’ve come to decide there are some disadvantages to not teaching kids early on to have a morning routine; now that my daughter is in kindergarten we’re all getting used to having to get out of the door early each morning, which we didn’t have to do before. On the other hand, I can cope with dropping her off at school and picking her up with no problem. I can cope with my son’s need for speech therapy and followups from surgery he had 2 years ago. All that would be much harder if I worked outside the home.

    On October 6th, 2007 at 10:45 am, Windyridge said:

    Being able to pick my kids up from school or got to the school at a moment’s notice; being able to attend their games; being able to be with my farm animals especially when the sheep are about to lamb; not having to drive in a blizzard. Being able to play music or do whatever I want while working. Or not work at all on a particular day or hour and go for a walk instead!

    On October 6th, 2007 at 11:17 am, Melissa Garrett said:

    I love that I have no one to answer to but myself. I am in charge of how much money I make. If I want to make more, I have to work more. It’s entirely up to me. Plus, I love that I can work for an hour and then, when my daughter is napping, watch a chick flick. Could it get any better??

    On October 6th, 2007 at 11:47 am, Kelly said:

    Freeeeeeeeeeedom! (My best Mel Gibson voice in Braveheart imitation.)

    Working at home and building a business that lets me work smarter rather than harder gives me tremendous freedom to be part of the lives of my friends and family while still exploring all of my own creativity.

    One of my favorite bands of yesteryear was ‘Loverboy’ and they had the song that had the line: ‘Everybody’s working for the weekend!’

    I remember me and my girlfriends singing this song… we all worked in offices 9-5, Monday thru Friday. Our lives were lived in cubicles on someone else’s time clock.

    Now - I can barely relate to the words. I work for me. I work for my family. I work for the moms I treasure and for their families.

    And I work when I want!

    On October 6th, 2007 at 12:50 pm, Katie said:

    When my kids were still at home my reason was to be available to them for rides, help with projects, hanging out, cooking together, playing games.

    In echoing the reasons others gave, it seems like I must never have been working to get all that done.

    Now days (youngest is at college), I have discovered it is in saving on unnecessary expenses…. too many lattes, too many outfits, too many shoes, all things acquired when I was out and about, between picking the kids up.

    And, working at home gives me more free time to do things I like, since I can work when I want and play when I want.

    Sometimes I take off for a quick kayaking outing, or even lie down for a nap in the afternoon, then get back to work. It’s flex time in a way no other job I ever had is.

    On October 6th, 2007 at 1:43 pm, Holli Jo said:

    There are so many good things about working from home!

    I love that I get to follow my passion as a writer. I love the empowerment I feel, knowing that I am my own employer and have both the responsibility and the freedom to choose my jobs and my hours.

    I love that I get to be at home and make home-made meals, and right now I get to spend a lot of time w/ my husband (who is going to school, so he’s home a lot too).

    I love that I’m laying the foundation for a career that will allow me to be home with my children when I have them, while also doing what I love and contributing to our family finances.

    I love how good I feel, knowing I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing right now. It just feels right!

    On October 6th, 2007 at 4:06 pm, Aruni said:

    I have to say that when I first started working at home I couldn’t stand it. I felt isolated. I might have also been dealing with some post partum stuff myself. I live in a neighborhood with mostly older folks but it’s now turning around. Only in the last year or so have we started a mom’s group and only in the last couple of months have we started a ‘weekender’ group and my daughter and I had a fun get together this morning while hubby took our son to soccer.

    I couldn’t always make the play dates during the week and when I did I felt that since I was also working from home part time trying to launch a business that I was talking on a different plane. The other moms would look at me like I was speaking another language…until I shifted back to stuff about my kids. I did enjoy talking about my kids but…

    Now I LOVE working out of my home. I can get a lot done and I make sure to schedule at least 3 meetings per week outside of the home business related or with friends. When I’m home I can do a bit of housework and get uninterrupted work stuff done (my kids are in pre-school). I love the flexibility of being here if one of my kids gets sick. I love that I don’t have to commute (except to drop off kids at school).

    I am on Cloud 9 today because Liz Strauss just told me I was an SOB. So I’m in a great, I love everything kind of mood! :-)

    On October 6th, 2007 at 4:35 pm, Laura said:

    I think the best thing about working from home is the control that you have of your schedule. Like so many others have posted, I like having the flexibility to be their for my friends and family when they need me. It’s also a big time saver to shop during the 9 to 5 hours when everyone else is in the office. ;-)

    On October 6th, 2007 at 9:24 pm, next STEPH said:

    My favorite of working at home besides being in charge of my own destiny, is being able to be available to care for my grandmother.

    On October 6th, 2007 at 11:40 pm, Suzie Cheel said:

    FREEDOM. I have worked at home both as an artist and now as an online entreprenuer ( be as if) and I just love the freedom it gives me. I can work late, get up early. Sitting at my computer looking into the garden, watching the wildlife play. Working together with Des.
    Being able to take time out when my niece and great niece come to visit, and friends. Having the choice.

    On October 7th, 2007 at 10:08 am, Mother Earth said:

    The working in my pajama’s part speaks to me big time,it’s seemingly such a silly thing, but to me it breaks all the rules about what to wear to work!!

    because I am my own boss there really are no rules

    I think the other thing I love about working from home is the example it provides for my kids

    as a single mom I had to foster some pretty strident income - I wanted to do so with room for the parenting style that was so important to me

    in other words I needed lots of flexibility

    I created goals and achieved them all within my ideals of a perfect mom day and a perfect working mom day, my kids were a part of every step of my success as a working from home mom

    Mother Earth

    On October 7th, 2007 at 3:23 pm, Grant Griffiths said:

    The best part for me is the fact I am at home and can actually have lunch with my wife. Too often, the only time we have with our spouse is at night when the children are busy with dinner, home work, bathes and getting ready for bed. Being able to spend some quality time with just the two of us at lunch as been great.

    Of course I also like the fact I can work when and if I want. And I don’t have to dress up to go to the office. And having a carpet commute is wonderful too.

    On October 7th, 2007 at 5:56 pm, Susan Payton, Egg Marketing said:

    How about not having to spend a small fortune in GAS!!

    I love that when my son is sick (or I am) I don’t have that pit in my stomach, thinking “my boss won’t be happy about me missing another day of work.”

    I love having lunch with friends and not having to scurry back to the office.

    I love that I WANT to start working on Sunday night!

    On October 7th, 2007 at 7:27 pm, Mark Bennett said:

    Office full of kids and dogs.

    Windows that open.

    Working in my PJs.

    On October 8th, 2007 at 7:40 am, Watch Prison Break Online said:

    Working at home is like no other work, it’s relaxing, the boss isn’t with you in your office,and the last thing, you stay with your family and your wife makes you a coffee. So there’s a lot of things that’s good working at home.

    On October 8th, 2007 at 8:37 am, Nathania Johnson said:

    I LOVE it when my kitten curls up on my chest and just purrs and demands to be pet!

    And then later, she’ll bring me a pipe cleaner - she wants to play fetch!!!

    On October 8th, 2007 at 1:38 pm, Hoto said:

    there are a lot of good parts on working at home. the best one would be not to have a boss. i love to work the way i want but a boss always tells me who to work. so the best part is work how much you want.

    On October 9th, 2007 at 1:18 pm, SpokaneMama said:

    I love working out of my home. It’s nice to be able to cook breakfast for my girls, make their lunches and take a shower between checking emails, paying bills, and researching websites.

    Some days I get wild and work in my jammies till noon.

    If I need a break I can go walk around the block a couple times.

    I’m off on school holidays and weekends.

    When I drive into town…it’s actually fun…because I’m not doing it every day!

    Plus, with my business, I am creating a free website resource for other moms and their families, to make their lives better and more fun!!

    I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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