Friday, February 19, 2016

You Can Work Anywhere

I work from home. When I worked in an office, it was my dream. In fact, I never understood those people who said they couldn't work from home because they wouldn't get anything done. Are you kidding? Being able to work all day without people chitchatting all around my cubicle?



But it can be tough to work from home. For one thing, even the smallest storm can knock the power out for hours. You might also find yourself dealing with someone doing construction work on your house, at which point you just need to get away to think clearly. And, of course, there's the top reason most telecommuters need to get away from home...



When distractions are an issue, you have a few options. Your local library probably has free Wi-Fi and quiet places where you can work. Here's a picture I took while working at a local library last winter.




You also have the usual coffee shop option. Panera has Wi-Fi, as well, as do some fast food restaurants, including McDonald's and Krystal's. Although I'm not sure Krystal's would be considered a good work environment...

A new option is a co-working space. You'll pay a fee, but you'll also have all the amenities of an office, including a break room. You'll be surrounded by the same annoying people you'd deal with in an office, with NO walls between you.



Then, of course, there's always the option of creating an awesome home office. Especially if you have a room with a good door in your house. Preferably a room that's soundproof.



Could you ever work from home? How would you handle distractions?

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  1. Working from home surely has its upsides indeed. Its a great and interesting post, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm still in my PJs and I've already made money...so yes, it's good!

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  2. I would love to work from home but there will be too much distraction going on e.g. housework, friends & family dropping by or calling up, etc.

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    1. I think maybe I don't have many friends because nobody stops by or calls. I'm an introvert, though. You seem like more of a social butterfly.

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  3. I have done both and do okay in either environment. I designated time slots when I was 'working' and when I was 'at home'. This helps me and helps those sharing my home.

    Love that home office pic you found.

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    1. I'm fascinated by home offices, although I don't even sit at a desk. I think I just like the idea of a home office.

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  4. I'm up on the first floor, so nobody bugs me... usually, although there were times when they would call an electrician to work on the electricity in the house just when I had a deadline or something....
    And I tend to do all my housework in the earliest morning so that I can work the rest of the day.

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    1. When I worked in an office, one of my jobs was setting up laptops for hearings on the ground floor of our building, where nobody else was until the hearings started. I LOVED it. I could work down there for hours and nobody would bother me. That was when I got back into listening to audiobooks because they broke up the monotony of moving laptops around and logging them in for people.

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  5. Working from home is like exercising at home for me. I always think of something I can be doing. I could use a small office away from the house to work and I would do that. Except --- I stopped working to be available for my mother, sister and brother. It is funny how time seemed to loom larger when I was younger. There is never enough.

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    1. I think of things I could be doing, but then I see that I have deadlines. When you have no choice, you do it! If I had a flexible writing schedule where I could write when I wanted and not write when I wanted to do something else, I could see not making nearly as much money!

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  6. I work from home and when it comes to distractions you have to train yourself to leave them behind while working. I am a work in progress in some things but I get the work done. I am not a set person so I work in sections/sessions throughout the day or evening. An annoying thing though is when I tell family members to ask me for things they need in advance so it doesn't clash and they wait until the last limit claiming I'm home all day. "Yo, I still work." But I love them anyway and I sometimes wonder when I finally move out on my own (at 31 I seem to be the only one planning on leaving and I feel it's long overdue. My brother at 26 is now getting his Masters and seems to have no plan on going. I find this so weird). Anyway enjoy your weekend Steph and it is nice to get a peek in your work life.

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    1. It will be easier once you're on your own. Nobody asks me to do anything during the day. I'm dog sitting for family, but that's easy. Just feed the dog, play with the dog, go back to work! It sounds like you work the way I do. No set schedule--I may go throw a load of laundry in, work for a while, take a break to eat lunch, work some more... I also love the ability to run errands during the day while everyone else is at work!

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  7. I work from home too. I shudder whenever I think of being in an office environment. My husband would be so jealous to see you in Krystal's there as it's one of his favorites. The closest Krystal's we have is four hours south in Kentucky. Have a terrific weekend!

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    1. I forget Krystal's is around, actually. I do like the taste of them...it's just not something where you say, "You know what we should do for dinner tonight? Krystal's!" It was VERY popular when I was in college, mostly because it was one of the few places open late at night.

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  8. Once I started my own business back in 1984, I worked from home. I love it.

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  9. I do work from home. I fear the day Hubby retires. I might have to move my work elsewhere (a new Panera Bread opened close by). Or just kick him out of the house. He's my biggest distraction! :)

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    1. My husband works from home, too. Sometimes he travels, but when he's here, it's not a distraction. He's in his office and I'm writing either in the sunroom or the bonus room. I do work with headphones in, though. Somehow it helps me focus to have TV on my screen in the background while I work. I have no idea why!

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  10. The phrase "at home" is a trigger for me. I don't like staying at home all the time, one reason I have trouble getting exercise. I'd like to join a gym, but can't afford one. But I don't want to just sit at home watching DVDs. Walking gets boring and I'm just not the outdoor type. This being said, I could never work at home.

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  11. I love being at home...sometimes I hate to leave!

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  12. The worst thing about working at home is that people sometimes assume you don't have a "real job" if you can stay home. (I think that's less of an issue nowadays than it was ten or twenty years ago, since times have changed with the internet. They may bother you throughout the day with visits, asking you to help them run errands, etc.

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  13. As far as my day job: A lot of my co workers wanted to work from home. I never did. I enjoyed working and my job, but I never wanted to take it home with me. A lot of the buds would check their work emails over the weekend. Nope never happened for me. I definitely drew a line in the sand:)When I was at work, I was at work:) When I was home, I was home. Writing...that's something else entirely:) It's not a job for me.

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  14. I would love to work from home, especially with the past few days of being sick. Nothing worse than feeling under the weather and having to get all dressed up and head into work.
    I've never heard of Krystal Burgers before.

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  15. Distractions get the best of me while working at home. Since I was a teen I knew if I worked in cubicles I'd kill somebody asking about the weather with a coffee in their hand someday. Haha. That's a lovely home office, is it yours!?

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  16. I'm a very likely lady to be a stay at home mom, with odd jobs here and there over the years. Now I'm a stay at home grandma...the circle of life...

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  17. I've worked at home before I retired. Not exclusively, but some. I liked it. I got more done at home than at the office.

    I do have a very nice home office though so that helped.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  18. I have done both--working from home and from an office (lately, I've been doing both as my disability has made home (recliner) easier for me to work from when writing than at my desk.

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  19. I write from home... There's something nice about going someplace else that can help the mindset. At home people are in home mode. I guess it depends on the person. And the type of work.

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  20. I work from home, either in bed under the covers or in the living room in front of the fire. I need to be WARM to write. I could never sit at a desk and work. Even when I had a desk in my home office, when I had a home office, I didn't use it for anything creative.

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  21. The biggest problem I faced when working from home for my day job was the lack of social interaction. Granted my job required some interaction with colleagues but it was possible using Skype and similar applications. Still I missed the actual face to face interaction and collaboration and I know it had an impact on the work itself. I never had an issue with distractions, I can focus on what I do. Having said that, writing is a different story and I'd rather write on my computer at home instead of anywhere else. My new day job is work from office only.

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  22. Years back I worked from home a few days a week for a while and loved it. My biggest distraction was the fridge. And I got a LOT more done without the co-worker thing.

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  23. I'd love to work from home but not sure how to go about doing that. I'm unemployed at the moment and not sure what jobs are legit that require you to work from home. Some say they write from home but i'm not sure I could blog from home and it would pay good. I've read some blogs where they say they write from home and they honestly suck and i'm thinking heck if they can get paid to write from home with that boring stuff. heck so can i.

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  24. I could work from home, I just wouldn't get as much work done. I think it's because when I'm at work, I don't have the time for distractions like Facebook, checking my stats, Twitter, etc. I'm so busy with answering question after question on top of trying to get my own work done. Even if I were at home, I would answer emails as a priority over my work.

    Grrr, I feel so unproductive lately!!

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  25. I'm running late visiting your blog today.
    I work from a home office and my husband and I share the office but i can think better by myself. I can always work from upstair and take my laptop with me.

    Even when we have a power outage, I still can get on the web if it's available because we have a power generator on stand by as long as we have gas in it, lol.

    Good for for you, working in your PJs. Working from home , you save a lot of money on office clothes.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. So sorry with my sloppy writing. I'm so much in a rush especially when I'm running behind.
      JB

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  26. I could work from home but of course no distractions.

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  27. I'd love to do something like that. Library would be my choice for escape though.

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  28. I think I would have a hard time working from home. I would be too distracted and I would actually go looking for it

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  29. Yes, yes, yes! Agree.
    Just recently I posted about working from home. I can't see myself working in a traditional office anymore. :)

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  30. I'm lucky to have peace and quiet at home. Living in a small community has its benefits. And of course my daughter is all grown up and living her own life. So really, I have no excuses not to be writing! That's a lot of pressure :)

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  31. Oh yes, I worked from home a lot when I was in law. Military Husband does some work from home as well. It was a lot easier to knock out a pleading or two from the comfort of my own bed! Haha

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  32. I do work from home, and I love it. It's only really difficult when my bf comes home early or takes a day off - that's pretty distracting. Oh, and the neighbour's dogs--so annoying! But I'd take all of it over the nicest cubicle in the world any day.

    I'd love a soundproof room.

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  33. I would love to work from home. That is a dream to me! I can only imagine how much I could get done without people stopping by and chatting. Plus, I would be happy to wear whatever I felt like wearing and I could make a cup of coffee or tea whenever I felt like it. :)

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  34. I have to work from home when I'm doing overtime, and it's kind of odd - I always feel like there's something seriously wrong because I'm sitting there hunched over my work laptop when my desktop is sitting right over there. And I have to unplug my desktop from the internet so it doesn't distract me. >_< I'll take working from the office any day, at least for now.

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