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Working from home the good, the bad and the lessons learnt
Published: January 14, 2010
Author: Rabiya Jilani
Source: Lumenica, LLC (www.lumenica.com)

“You are so lucky, I wish I could work from home” I remember hearing several of my friends telling me that once I
announced to the world I am quitting a job I love to pursue my business full time and fall in love once again. Though the
idea of not commuting for hours seemed attractive I had my reservations about working from home. I am sharing the
good the bad and the lessons learnt from working from home.

The good:
1. No commute: rush hour traffic, spending my life of I 495 and the toll road bye bye
2. Saving money on gas: I can’t believe this but I actually don’t have to get the tank full every week-what a concept.
3. Dress Code-casual: No more wearing the power suit spending half an hour infront of the mirror and wearing painful
heels. Ouch!
4. Networking here I come: I can actually go to networking events refreshed and since I have more flexibility I can go to
the breakfasts, power lunches and evening networking events.

The bad:
1. The wall and me: One of the things that have been the greatest challenge is my brain storming sessions, over the past
few months my wall and I have had several brainstorming sessions, arguments and discussions. There is a plus side to
this-I always win the argument.
2. Distractions: There will always be a neighbor’s kid that’s crying too loud or a trash truck begging you for attention
when all you want is some peace and quiet
3. The kitchen calls: whether it’s the dishes in the sink or the junk food you’ve hidden, somehow they all have a voice
and call out to you while you work
4. we are open 24/7: one of the worst things about working from home is that you forget to close shop. You tend to work
during the day, during dinner, while entertaining guests and sometimes in your sleep.

The Lessons Learnt:

Lesson 1: Wake up on time

Lesson 2: Get out of the PJs and into work clothes

Lesson 3: Hide the cookies

Lesson 4: Stick to a routine

Lesson 5: Choose a room that you use for work only

Lesson 6: close the door when you work and let everyone else in the house know a closed door means a closed door

Lesson 7: Learn to close business

Lesson 8: Learn to take breaks, if you work non-stop you will get unproductive

Lesson 9: Do not take any personal calls while working on business, unless they’re important

Lesson 10: Have a good support system – friends, family, mentors, other business owners, a good lawyer, a good
accountant and anyone and everyone who can offer value to you and your business. Keep them close! 

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Working From Home The Good, The Bad And The Lessons Learnt

  • 1. Working from home the good, the bad and the lessons learnt Published: January 14, 2010 Author: Rabiya Jilani Source: Lumenica, LLC (www.lumenica.com) “You are so lucky, I wish I could work from home” I remember hearing several of my friends telling me that once I announced to the world I am quitting a job I love to pursue my business full time and fall in love once again. Though the idea of not commuting for hours seemed attractive I had my reservations about working from home. I am sharing the good the bad and the lessons learnt from working from home. The good: 1. No commute: rush hour traffic, spending my life of I 495 and the toll road bye bye 2. Saving money on gas: I can’t believe this but I actually don’t have to get the tank full every week-what a concept. 3. Dress Code-casual: No more wearing the power suit spending half an hour infront of the mirror and wearing painful heels. Ouch! 4. Networking here I come: I can actually go to networking events refreshed and since I have more flexibility I can go to the breakfasts, power lunches and evening networking events. The bad: 1. The wall and me: One of the things that have been the greatest challenge is my brain storming sessions, over the past few months my wall and I have had several brainstorming sessions, arguments and discussions. There is a plus side to this-I always win the argument. 2. Distractions: There will always be a neighbor’s kid that’s crying too loud or a trash truck begging you for attention when all you want is some peace and quiet 3. The kitchen calls: whether it’s the dishes in the sink or the junk food you’ve hidden, somehow they all have a voice and call out to you while you work 4. we are open 24/7: one of the worst things about working from home is that you forget to close shop. You tend to work during the day, during dinner, while entertaining guests and sometimes in your sleep. The Lessons Learnt: Lesson 1: Wake up on time Lesson 2: Get out of the PJs and into work clothes Lesson 3: Hide the cookies Lesson 4: Stick to a routine Lesson 5: Choose a room that you use for work only Lesson 6: close the door when you work and let everyone else in the house know a closed door means a closed door Lesson 7: Learn to close business Lesson 8: Learn to take breaks, if you work non-stop you will get unproductive Lesson 9: Do not take any personal calls while working on business, unless they’re important Lesson 10: Have a good support system – friends, family, mentors, other business owners, a good lawyer, a good accountant and anyone and everyone who can offer value to you and your business. Keep them close!