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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