The Reality of Working from Home

by Elizabeth Redd
making money

Working from home may sound like the ideal job. You are your boss, and you only must answer to yourself. Do you have what it takes? Let’s find out. Do You Have What It Takes by Working from Home.


You’ll have to be determined to succeed at working from home. You’ll have to set your hours and put in the time regardless of how beautiful the day is or how much you want to stop and play with the kids or watch that movie.


You’ll have to make it work. You will be the only one in charge of putting in your time and doing the work. You may or may not have a boss to answer to, but if you don’t do the job you won’t get paid.

Family Cooperation

Your family must work with you not against you. If they come in the room and decide to watch the television, you’ll have to rule here and tell them to “Keep it down” or “no, I’m working right now” and they are going to have to understand this.

Set A Schedule

We all know what a schedule is if you’re working it’s important to have a plan. You’ll need to set your hours, schedule your breaks including your lunch, and stick to them.

Boundaries with Friends and Family

Many people who work from home have this issue. Friends or family know you work from home, so they drop in whenever because they know you’re home.

Some people solve this issue by putting a note on the door stating their working hours and to please call first. If you don’t answer the phone invite them to leave a message and tell them, you’ll call back after you are off work. At first, many will test this.

Be firm and vigorous. Only leave the door locked and the blinds down on the door. Use caller ID to know whether or not to answer the phone. Eventually, everyone will get the hint.

Get Out Get Moving

It’s easy to forget to get out and get moving. Exercise is still an essential part of your life. Did you previously walk with co-workers at lunch? Start a new walking group for dinner then.

Did you walk before or after work? Get walking. Whatever your old schedule was for exercise, you’ll want to make sure and incorporate it into your new plan.

Office Space

Whether you use a corner in the living room, the spare bedroom or have a dedicated office space, you’ll need to have an area for work.

Teach family that this area is off limits.

Picture the invisible walls around it and tell them, this is where mommy is working. When I’m here, please wait until I’m on break. In time, they will respect it.

Working from Home Benefits

Working from home takes determination, guts, scheduling, and effort, but it can be a great thing when done right.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ About Working From HOme

What does work from home mean?

My blog is primarily for people over 50 years old who are looking for ways to make more money starting their own blog. When you consider what does work from home mean in that context there is an exciting way to look for this.

The basic idea is that when you have an Internet-based business such as blogging you can really work from anywhere that you have an Internet connection. Granted most of us are going to do that from home.

However, if you want to go down to the coffee shop, buy an RV and hit the road, travel the world staying in Airbnb‘s, or anything else you can think of, that’s really what work from home means in today’s market place. This is really exciting and even though you might spend most of your time in your own home working, you really don’t have to.

Why working from home is bad for business?

I can think of primarily one instance were working from home could be bad for your business. When you work from home you are subject to distractions.

For some reason many people think that somebody that’s working from their home isn’t really working. This is especially true if you have a home business or you’re just blogging as your primary income stream.

The perception has changed as more companies hire employees and use them in a flex job capacity. This used to be known as telecommuting and has become more common. If you can control distractions there really is no reason why working from home has to be a bad thing.

What you need to know about working from home?

Here are the main requirements in regards to working from home.

1. Get a comfortable place to work. Often this is a converted bedroom into an office. However, if you like to sit on the couch and blog I say do it!

2. Buy a good smartphone, laptop or iPad. You do not need a desktop computer to run a home business. A phone and laptop is all I use.

3. Start a blog. This is the easiest way for a some in our age group to get started making money.

4. Do affiliate marketing. I like this business model for making money. I especially like Google Adsense.

Does working from home really work?

Yes it does. The days of needing to go to an office and work are over. Here are the 2 questions to ask yourself.

1. Am I an employee? If you have that kind of mindset find a job that lets you work from home. Or do tasks such as get paid to programs including taking paid surveys.

2. Am I an entrepreneur? I hope you are and want to start your own business. You can do this working from home.

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Bob February 22, 2020 - 9:14 pm

I liked your article and what it means to work from home. Your FAQ, lets those who are thinking about working from home know what they need in order to work effectively and properly from home. Good article. Thanks, Bob

Elizabeth Redd February 23, 2020 - 5:59 pm

I appreciate hearing from you, and thanks so much for the review. Working from home is an important topic for me, I’ve been doing this for some time, and it’s just starting to click for me.

Jay February 23, 2020 - 9:28 pm

This is an excellent resource especially for those that think working from home is a cake-walk. Just like the traditional workplace there are pitfalls obstructing productivity everywhere – even more so?
I’ve added you to my RSS feed. Cheers.

Elizabeth Redd February 24, 2020 - 7:28 pm

Jay, I appreciated your comments on the reality of working from home. Thanks for adding me to your RSS feed.

shirley February 23, 2020 - 11:06 pm

I’ve read your article “The Reality of Working from Home” and you have hit it on the nail with your points. It truly does require determination, dedication and cooperation from your family. It can be hard to convince your friends that you have a “work schedule” also. I do love that my schedule can be somewhat flexible and I can determine the times I work. I love that I don’t have to commute anymore. Thanks for your article -Shirley

Elizabeth Redd February 24, 2020 - 7:22 pm

I want to thank you for taking the time and check out my article on Working from Home. Just remember if you have the determination, you can accomplish anything you want in life.

Rick February 24, 2020 - 2:52 pm

Great article Elizabeth I really enjoyed it. I myself have being working from my home for some time and it just amazes me how many family members just call, drop by and even expect me to just drop my business and go for them. Thanks for sharing

Elizabeth Redd February 24, 2020 - 7:17 pm

It is great to hear from you, Rick. I appreciate your stopping by and giving a look at my article. Working from home is the way to go if you are interested in increasing your income. Thanks again.

Paul Thomas February 25, 2020 - 9:57 am

fantastic post a lot of good information

Elizabeth Redd February 25, 2020 - 1:47 pm

Thanks, Paul, for visiting the site, and thanks for checking out my article, The Reality of Working from Home, and It’s my pleasure to share valuable information.

suzanne February 27, 2020 - 4:31 pm

Hi Elizabeth,
You make some really great points here. I have a home business as well and I often forget about the “get out, get moving” part, lol.
It’s amazing to me how quickly time can go by when I’m writing an article or answering emails. Next thing you know, it’s time for supper and I’ve been sitting all day!!
I must say it’s easier to not get distracted once the kids are grown and gone. But the grandkids are a different matter… Can’t say no to those little pumpkins!
Thanks again for a great post,

Elizabeth Redd February 28, 2020 - 1:53 pm

I want to write a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your comments. No one achieves success without acknowledging the help of others. Your efforts will forever be appreciated. It’s rare to find anyone that would help others to learn the process of making money online. Thanks so much Suzanne.


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