Working from Home… Is it for You?

According to Statistics Canada’s most recent census (2001), about 8% of Canadians report working at home. This breaks down to 7% in Ontario, 9% in BC and a whopping 10% in Alberta. This trend appears to be growing by leaps and bounds annually. A 2004 U.S. report by In-Stat/MDR predicted that one-third of Americans would work at home at least part-time during 2004. (Note: These figures combine small businesses and corporate employees working from home.)

How can we deal with the practicalities of working at home when we choose this option? If you have a business at home, what issue is the most challenging for you? People dropping in during work hours? Structuring your day? Over-working? Separating home life from work? For me personally, having structure in my day, and not allowing myself to become isolated are key factors. In a well-designed day, I accomplish plenty and have time to play a little too.

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Ellen Besso
Ellen Besso, M.A. has 25 years’ experience helping women deal with life challenges. She is a writer, counsellor and life coach living on the west coast of B.C. Ellen believes that we have all the answers within us, and that with support and the will to change we can move into the exciting and joyful life we yearn for.
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