Work From Home Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Work from home jobs have a natural appeal to those who've never worked them before. The idea of creating and managing one's own schedule, answering to no one but him or herself, and avoiding a mind-numbing commute each day is undeniably attractive. That said, there are major challenges posed by work from home jobs that most starry-eyed applicants never realize until it's too late and they've quit their widget-manufacturing positions for good.

Work from home jobs require the type of discipline that most people frankly don't have. It's hard enough for the average corporate drone to get work done amidst the barrage of e-mails, web diversions, phone calls, and other distractions. Now imagine that you're also in arm's reach of your TV's remote control, your refrigerator, your swimming pool, and your cozy bed. That doesn't leave a lot of time for working.

Types of Work from Home Jobs

Some jobs that can be done from home are more or less office jobs that are fully dependent on virtual communication. If you spend your entire day communicating via the Internet or telephone, there's not much you can't handle from your home office as well. The only caveat is that in-person meetings become an impossibility, so if you're asked to meet with clients or co-workers you must either travel to the office or find a good excuse for skipping the session.

Other gigs such as sales jobs can be much more challenging since there's less structure throughout the day. You may spend one day generating leads, the next day practicing your pitch, and the day after that meeting with customers in their own homes. You may also have to service their accounts from afar, which poses its own unique challenges. Of course, working from home makes it much more convenient to conduct your executive job search without rousing the suspicions of your co-workers or your boss.

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