Comment on Working From Home Benefits and Challenges by marilynnawara.
I’ve been working remote since I started my current job in 2002. The last time I was in the office was in 2008. I was one of the first remote employees and now we have well over 100.
In the beginning I was lonely and missed interaction with others. You miss out on a lot of things and if you’re looking to climb the corporate ladder working from home probably isn’t a good choice. I’m in my 50s and consider this semi-retirement.
I’m very productive and have no problem staying on task. You have to treat it as a job — when you’re working there’s no cleaning, laundry or personal phone calls (it’s okay at lunch and on break, but not while you’re working). Make sure that friends and family know you’re working and it’s not okay for them to stop by for a visit, that you can’t babysit their kids and that you can’t chat on the phone during office hours. My kids are grown now, but in the beginning I had to set strict boundaries, they learned to pretend I wasn’t even home when I was in my office.