Why Work From Home Instead Of A Day Job?

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A controversial question surely might inspire some intriguing answers.

Do you have a day job you want to quit, do you want an easier job, do you want to decrease your debts, get financial independence, change your social status, change the light at people look at you, afford that new car, do you have something you need to fund, why you need a second income...

Well, just be brutally honest, don't be shy and spill the beans.
I'm sure all of us have very similar thoughts...

To get the ball rolling... here's the question again:

Why do you want to work from home?
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  • Profile picture of the author kursat
    I love working from home because it gives me enough time to spend with my son and wife.

    Also, have the chance to work from anywhere in the world from my PC which means we can take a lot of holidays without having to ask anyone.
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    • Three words:

      Because I can.

      We geezers treasure our creature comforts. On a chilly day like today, if I get fatigued from working, I go up one flight of stairs, turn right, and there's my new memory foam mattress, flannel sheets and white down comforter. Or I soak in the Jacuzzi tub.

      I have an office but I rarely use it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Firdaus Riduan
    I have this big dream of becoming a millionaire before I turn 26. I'm not really the studious type studying engineering in college. My main objective is to steadily grow my stream of income through IM and hit the million dollar mark by 26. Support my family, make my parents happy, feel good about myself. I'm still very young and I got about 6 more years to be a millionaire!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I don't want to work from home.

    I used to - when I was working hard in a 'normal' job, but since I started working from home for myself I realised that working from home can be REALLY boring.

    I found myself finding any excuse to get out of the house. I even wrote a book in the spare time I spent hanging around in coffee shops.

    Be careful what you wish for - you just might get it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pierce
    The thought of spending the majority of my time alive working for someone else M-F freaks me out. Life is too short not to spend it living on your own terms.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Pierce View Post

      The thought of spending the majority of my time alive working for someone else M-F freaks me out. Life is too short not to spend it living on your own terms.
      So does that mean that you now have a perfect life? or that you're constantly freaked out?

      My happiness has very little to do with what I'm doing - but a lot to do with HOW I'm doing it and WHY.
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      • I used to - when I was working hard in a 'normal' job, but since I started working from home for myself I realised that I'm a people person and like to meet people and working from home is REALLY boring and not really ideal for me.

        While I find new people sometimes intriguing, I prefer to keep them at arms length rather than offer myself up as a convenient potential target for their pent-up rage. My immune system is weak. Staying healthy involves avoiding the diseases people carelessly spread through poor hygiene (a cold can knock me out for 10 days) as well as not getting caught up in the stress of their personal dramas.

        I think the Japanese have it exactly right, wearing surgical masks when they're sick to avoid spreading germs.

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        • Profile picture of the author fin
          I don't want to work from home. In fact, that is the opposite of what I want to do.

          I love sport and I want to travel the world. When (and if) i'm earning a passive income, I want to:

          1- Study Muay Thai in Thailand
          2- Study Kung Fu in China
          3- Learn to surf in Bali
          4- Learn to kite surf in Tarifa
          5- Campervan around Oz

          Along with lots of other things, all while running my online business from an internet connection.

          I also want to start a personal training business in a few cities and now I have the capabilites to top google, I can make it a possibility.

          Oh dear, I can't wait.
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  • Profile picture of the author Britt Malka
    This morning, when I was told to get up (7AM), I thought: Oh, I'm glad that school is over in less than two months!

    We moved to Israel in the middle of June, and we're learning Hebrew 5 hours per day. We get a total of 5 months of school, which is great, but I really don't like to get up at a specific time.

    So once again, I praised my luck that this would only be for two more months, and not for the rest of my life, having to get up and go to work. From January, I'm again the master of my time and can get up when I want, and I don't have to go out, if I don't want to.

    Mornings are probably the main reason for why I prefer to work from home instead of having a day job.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    I want to eat thus I have to work.

    Having done the job thing for a some time I decided I'd try working for myself. I found I could work different little "businesses" and still eat and add to that travel a little bit.

    When home computers came out and especially when we got the internet I knew immediately I could use this somehow to work from home.

    It seems as if overnight wifi and hotspots came on the scene and one can be anywhere day or night and earn money thus keep on eating.

    So to answer your question I work at home, sure, however, I work anywhere I want to and that's what I prefer. That works for me.
    Anything is better than having to report to the same place at the same time every day.

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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    I don't want to work from home.

    I used to - when I was working hard in a 'normal' job, but since I started working from home for myself I realised that I'm a people person and like to meet people and working from home is REALLY boring and not really ideal for me.

    I found myself finding any excuse to get out of the house. I even wrote a book in the spare time I spent hanging around in coffee shops.

    Be careful what you wish for - you just might get it.
    That's true for me too.

    I don't think I could ever have a normal 9 till 5 job but I gotta admit, it can get boring sometimes.

    Saying that though I'm off travelling around the world in the new year and I don't think I could of done that with your stereo-typical 9 till 5 job

    James
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by xxxJamesxxx View Post


      Saying that though I'm off travelling around the world in the new year and I don't think I could of done that with your stereo-typical 9 till 5 job
      Yeah - I've done that (a lot!) now, so I have no craving for lots of travel and actually like staying in one place now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    The grass is always greener on the other side LOL. Similarly to Andy, I thought working from home was a dream come true but then it got old quick.

    I found myself getting bored and missing the social interaction of the office setting. So then I leased an office in a Regis type share office space just so I could network with other business owners.

    It's been a great experience so far and it's lead to some new business such as a deal with Outsourcing.com (who happens to be in the same office).

    So to answer the question of why I wanted to work from home - there were many reasons but the main one was the opportunity to gain financial freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    I spend 4 hours a day travelling to work every day. Two in the morning and two in the afternoon. I want that to go away. Imagine what I could do with those four hours a day.

    Di
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    • The average "normal" job is around 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week.

      That is a MASSIVE chunk of your time, and spending it doing something you dislike just seems really stupid.

      I just want the freedom to do what I like, when I like. You only live once.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalyken
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    Everyone has their own reasons. Working from home and having full responsibility on your income is really what motivates me.

    There is more to life than just money. Important things like time I can spend with my beautiful wife and children.

    I already consider myself wealthy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Incoll
    Why?

    In a nutshell...the freedom to do what I want, when I want to.
    1. Be at home for my 2 children.
    2. Have the time to do things other than W-O-R-K (though not getting as much time off the computer as I'd like at the moment...working on a few new projects ).
    3. Be able to do volunteer work in the local community...which I enjoy more than any paid work, as it's much more rewarding. We're on call 24/7 so with a normal J-O-B it wouldn't work so well .
    Cheers

    Rach
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan J
    Having the complete freedom is what is most appealing about working from home, being able to work as and when you want is definitely a big plus. Also the flexibility of IM/working from home is fantastic..want more money? Rinse and repeat some more..

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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I want the freedom to wake up when I want (within reason), take a break when I want, and spend as much time with my family as possible.

    Honestly, before I got into IM I was just a simple homemaker. Wake up, clean the house, cook food, take care of children... honest it was wonderful, the life I always dreamed of. The thing is, it is hard to live on one income and there were times when I really missed when I was in college, learning. My brain was always hungry for knowledge so I would always just read about random things, like how to fix a computer.

    One day I discovered IM which is amazing because I still can live my dream, taking care of my family, but also fulfill our family's need for more money and my brain's need to learn. Kind of a win-win-win.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    I work from home because I have to. I have ME and I simply can't work for an employer. Every time I've tried it I got sacked for being off sick. I decided self-employment was the way to go about 16 years ago. People are nicer to you and I'm unlikely to sack myself!
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    No boss or horrible co-workers is my motivation...Plus freedom to do your own thing!
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    • Profile picture of the author AC683
      Originally Posted by World Marketing View Post

      No boss or horrible co-workers is my motivation...Plus freedom to do your own thing!
      I totally agree. FREEDOM. I want to be able to do what I want when I want with whomever I want. That is why I chose to work from home instead of working a job. I don't mind working just as hard for myself as I would for a job if it allows me to free.
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  • Profile picture of the author harryhumph
    Originally Posted by thehorizon View Post

    A controversial question surely might inspire some intriguing answers.

    Do you have a day job you want to quit, do you want an easier job, do you want to decrease your debts, get financial independence, change your social status, change the light at people look at you, afford that new car, do you have something you need to fund, why you need a second income...

    Well, just be brutally honest, don't be shy and spill the beans.
    I'm sure all of us have very similar thoughts...

    To get the ball rolling... here's the question again:

    Why do you want to work from home?
    1. I want to be my own boss

    2. I want to choose how much I get Paid

    3. I want to spend time with my family

    4. I want to travel the world

    5. I want to make my own deadlines

    6. I want to work in my pajamas

    7. I want to pick the hours I work

    Theres 7 reasons for you
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  • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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    There's something so depressing about the whole Job process... from applying to interviewing to knowing you could be fired & have to do it all over again at any moment. Not to mention having to take other peoples' sh!t with a smile, constantly under the thumb of your supervisor.

    I'd much rather have the freedom to stay naked all day & do my own thing while everyone else grinds wearily at the wheels of the workforce. I love being able to party as hard on a Monday as I might on a Friday. Life is too short to clock in at a job you hate.
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      Originally Posted by TheHotChick View Post


      I'd much rather have the freedom to stay naked all day.
      I have considered this option, but I am afraid I'll scare the kids.... and possibly the neighbours.

      Some of us were born to wear clothes.
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  • Profile picture of the author DawnH
    I have been 100% self-employed for about two years. My main motivation was to be here for my kiddos - I hated to call in when they were sick or to drag them out of the house to the sitters when there was snow and ice on the roads. Other than that, I actually did not mind having a day job. However, now that I have been my own boss for so long, I think I would have an awfully difficult time going back to that kind of gig.
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    • Profile picture of the author Toadfire
      I have done the work at home thing.. (It was boring, but I think that is because I was working for someone else remote) However I found when I work at home..... I work more....

      I am now working in a office downtown (for the past 4 years) I think I am going to quit my job this week....... I dont want to work from home... I want to work for MYSELF. If that means in a coffee shop, on a plane in my office, or in a desk that I rent... that is fine by me! At the moment I am making $0 online...... Some may call me crazy, but I have some money saved up and I am just going to take the jump to working online!

      Wish me luck!

      Dan

      P.S. GREAT THREAD!
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    • Profile picture of the author ebchuck
      Who don't wanna a dream's job? Everyone wanted it. So you grow and you realize how the money is important. No by the money by itself. No for buy anything that you see. But to do everything that you want to do and learn everything that you want to learn and share with who you love.

      Travels, coaches, classes, seminars are expensive. As well as put the breath on the table everyday.

      And furthermore, you aren't your job.

      Looking at this business, I realized that with a good management and a good team, you can outsource tasks to free your time. Have people that really love the "subs" that surround IM, like writing and design.

      What give more time to do stuff that fulfill my soul.

      PS: If you found some english error, please let me know. I'm improving the language. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichMag
    I've been working from home for about 2 months now. I love it. My most productive time of the day is right when I wake up, which is usually 4:30am (20 years in the Army will do that to you) so I get in 3-4 hours of really good, productive work before 8:45am each day. Then off to the gym and either back to work or some other tasks.

    If I was still working my usual day job, I would waste that productive time.

    Rich
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    • Here's a question:

      Do you think working at home is a revolution?

      Will the time come when some employers can't find the skilled labor they need because no one wants to put up with the commute, horrid co-workers and abusive bosses? Will they have to offer more money?

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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        Hey Fluff,

        Just saw this post.

        It's an interesting one and also one that I debate often down here.

        We are in the process of transitioning to a fibre-optic broadband system and as usual, the debate is focussed on the costs to the tax payer... rather than the big picture.

        I honestly believe that the traditional work place will go the way of the Do Do bird in advanced countries where they can no longer compete with the likes of China and India etc.

        As technology progresses, I say more and more people working from home or perhaps satellite offices as corps seek to cut expenses and remain competitive.

        If I was starting today, I wouldn't rent a massive office tower. Imagine what I would save? Rent... company car expenses... time etc.

        I think it will come, but only when there is a paradigm shift from traditional notions of work places.


        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        Here's a question:

        Do you think working at home is a revolution?

        Will the time come when some employers can't find the skilled labor they need because no one wants to put up with the commute, horrid co-workers and abusive bosses? Will they have to offer more money?

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    • Profile picture of the author Liam J Samuel
      Originally Posted by RichMag View Post

      ...My most productive time of the day is right when I wake up, which is usually 4:30am (20 years in the Army will do that to you) so I get in 3-4 hours of really good, productive work before 8:45am each day. Then off to the gym and either back to work or some other tasks.

      If I was still working my usual day job, I would waste that productive time.

      Rich
      Like you, the best time of the day for me is very early morning. I am more motivated then.

      When I had a J.O.B. I didn't start until 9am. By that time these days I have almost finished my work and am free to do as I choose.

      The reason I enjoy working from home is because I get to set the rules.

      Liam
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    I for one prefer a working environment. I often go to public libraries to work. Why? Because my productivity often deteriorates.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    The great work from home dream isn't the panacea that everyone thinks it is.

    In itself, the concept is appealing, but it also has it's downside...

    From my own experience, after dealing in sales for almost 20 years, I enjoy not dealing with the general public and all the baggage that comes with it.

    I am also thrilled that I know longer have to commute. These days, I almost hate driving and get easily frustrated. Maybe that's because traffic has increased exponentially over the past few years.

    Still, I sold my pride and joy BMW last year because it sat in the garage and was only used to pick up the kids or go to the football game.

    So in a financial sense, it has been a great transition and certainly makes for a more relaxed, stress free lifestyle.

    On the downside, it gets boring... quickly. You miss that social interaction with colleagues and most of your friends are too busy at work to catch up.

    It can also drive you insane by not getting out of the house.

    So to combat this, as well as some IM fat ass syndrome, I went back part time this year... but not to a job.

    I have years of skills renovating so I have turned my attention to handyman services.

    This keeps me fit and gets me out and about.. and the money is good. I try and keep it to 20 hours pw max. And because I only deal through real estate agents, I can avoid having to bid / beg for work etc.

    Working from home is great... but you need to find the right balance IMO.

    Sal
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    • Profile picture of the author dcristo
      Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

      The great work from home dream isn't the panacea that everyone thinks it is.

      In itself, the concept is appealing, but it also has it's downside...

      From my own experience, after dealing in sales for almost 20 years, I enjoy not dealing with the general public and all the baggage that comes with it.

      I am also thrilled that I know longer have to commute. These days, I almost hate driving and get easily frustrated. Maybe that's because traffic has increased exponentially over the past few years.

      Still, I sold my pride and joy BMW last year because it sat in the garage and was only used to pick up the kids or go to the football game.

      So in a financial sense, it has been a great transition and certainly makes for a more relaxed, stress free lifestyle.

      On the downside, it gets boring... quickly. You miss that social interaction with colleagues and most of your friends are too busy at work to catch up.

      It can also drive you insane by not getting out of the house.

      So to combat this, as well as some IM fat ass syndrome, I went back part time this year... but not to a job.

      I have years of skills renovating so I have turned my attention to handyman services.

      This keeps me fit and gets me out and about.. and the money is good. I try and keep it to 20 hours pw max. And because I only deal through real estate agents, I can avoid having to bid / beg for work etc.

      Working from home is great... but you need to find the right balance IMO.

      Sal
      Couldn't have said it better myself. Working from home definitely is NOT for everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Well, I've worked in plenty of offices, working hours I didn't want to work under conditions and bosses I didn't like, commuting long distances to get to jobs that I hated.

    I love working alone at home. It suits me fine. I love the freedom.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Above all I enjoy "being my own boss".

      In my younger years I'd spend too much time using my skills to make other people money for little in return. Now the tables are turned and it's the best move I ever made. My pride has increased twentyfold.
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      • Profile picture of the author DavidMoore557
        After 20years of military service, I have three awesome kids and a nephew w/ a niece on the way, all in my house.

        When I cut the ties to my current day job, I will be able to show them them world. Now that's a future worth working for!

        Thanks again to all Warriors!

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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
    I am laying on my couch in a pair of short pants with no shirt or no shoes on.

    I took a long lunch today and took it early. I rarely work more than 4 hours a day.

    I get paid way more money than any boss would EVER pay me.

    I NEVER work holidays. NEVER!!!

    Yes the social interaction from a office job is gone, but I have business and investment activities outside of IM that allow me to interact with others on a more than enough basis.

    Why someone would want a job is beyond my comprehension.
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  • Profile picture of the author LisaM12
    Working from home can really be beneficial especially to mothers. You have the luxury of seeing your children grow while earning money.
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  • Profile picture of the author IamTJM
    Simply to work on my own time and not have to be at a certain place at a certain time for a set number of hours. I also find it fun to work online so I do enjoy what I am doing. I still am pursuing a degree in exercise science because that is my passion, but I also love internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2Dth
    As for me, to be with my kid and wife...

    Best part is that i'll have all the time i need it to work on my HOBBIES..!
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    • Profile picture of the author Michele Miller
      "Why Work From Home Instead of a Day Job?"...

      I couldn't imagine going back to work for someone else. I LOVE working from home and working my own hours. I haven't received a pay-stub from an employer since I was about 18 years old, apart from a few short months when I moved to the States in 1993. I come from a family that owned businesses, - my father started off broke and came from a foreign country to England, couldn't speak the language back in the day, but was a hardworking man that made it pretty big through his own means, and I've always been self-motivated, and I prefer to be in charge of my own income. It makes me feel more secure. My father taught me the meaning of determination, hard work, and depending on yourself.

      While it's not for everybody, and that I understand, but it's what gives me freedom, - freedom of my time, and nobody can tell me what my salary is, but me!!! I don't have to ASK for a RAISE... I give myself a raise anytime I want. I just have to work a bit more.
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    • Profile picture of the author Luckey07
      For me there is nothing more that I would like to do then spend all my extra time with my grand kids. I really enjoy the quiet time infront of the computer it does not bother me at all. But if I could control the hours I work a day. I would sure have enough time for the kids. Where at my current job a secretary for the Special Education Dept in the local school system which is an 8 hr. day. I have 23 years in, the 20 years in give me free medical for life but I can't retire until I have 30 years in our turn 62. Then there is also the problem of being able to just live on my pension until I turn 66 and 8 months and can then claim Social Security. There is no way I could live off my pension so I am constantly looking to make money on line. I have a few sites up which I now need to get working on traffic for them this seems to be the hard part for me seems I'm on traffic overload.

      Enough for now

      Alisa DeGroat
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    So I dont have to sit in this

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    • Profile picture of the author mounds
      In order of importance:

      1. Potential - I see this as a much bigger opportunity than waiting to get promoted. As for being a business owner, brick and mortar just isn't my thing.

      2. Flexibility - travel when I want, for as long as I want. Work on the rainy days, go out on the sunny days. Go out as late as I like, spend time with the family, try new business opportunities.

      3. Challenge - I enjoy picking something and getting really good at it. Once I'm in the right mindset, I'm pretty much unstoppable in this sense.

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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    there's nothing I hate more than having to be somewhere at a certain time. I only had 2 things I had to do at a certain time all year this year and I was over an hour late to both of them.

    I also hate waking up before I am ready and unnaturally. So it was really the only fir for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author eastwest97
    I work from home for my JOB and although at first it was cool, I miss the interaction with others. I now go to the library or a local Starbucks or Panera Bread just to have the "noise". I find I am more productive and there's no distractions from neighbors who think I'm "not busy" or from that laundry staring at me when I walk by the laundry room.

    I don't think I would like to go back to working in an office per se but the "work from home" dream is a semi-nightmare at times.

    I hope one day I can work on my business solely but for now I have the best of both worlds and feel blessed to being able to have the freedom to work a JOB from anywhere I desire.

    I think the experience is different for everyone though.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
      OK here's my question Right out of the gate this sounds like the pitch for a start your own internet business business. I say this because I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to frame the same questions ideas etc. It's the kind of business I'm currently working to promote. I'll watch the thread because I'm always looking for inspiration an new ideas. This is after all the task to get the seed planted in peoples mind get them to realize that it's within their reach
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      • Profile picture of the author thehorizon
        Originally Posted by ronc0011 View Post

        OK here's my question Right out of the gate this sounds like the pitch for a start your own internet business business
        Well, I realize it could be a good starting point for people with that idea... but I'm leaning towards curiosity about what warriors think about working from home.

        Since everyone else has shared... I figured I should post my reasons here as well.

        I want to take control of my own life and feed the family. I definitely want more luxurious things in life and to be able to afford them. I like a non 9-5 job... I love extra time to go on vacations, mix around with friends and relatives... I kind of like the unique nature of this job. The potential of this business is just huge.

        Not to mention I don't have to work in a cubicle all day, bring office work back home at night and weekends to finish up... projects and office politics everywhere has dulled my view of the office job.
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        • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
          Frankly I do work from home and wish I could afford to setup my own office just because there are too many intrusions and interruptions making it very difficult to get anything done.
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      • Profile picture of the author Msands
        I've had the luxury of being home for 2 yrs and then going to work (on a job) for 3 yrs now...so I know what it is to live in both world.

        Here's my take...

        I prefer to work from home because of the freedom that it comes with. Even more particularly I prefer an internet business because I can go when I want...you can't do that with a job. I hear some people say they have to interact with people...well can't you do that with your buddies after they get off work? Can't you go to the library and meet people occasionally?

        Bottom line, if I'm making the same money or more at home as I would on a job...gimme the at home ALL DAY LONG!!! I get to spend time with my family as long as I want to and Iif I need a scenary change, I got plenty of spots to meet people even while working.
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      • Profile picture of the author Monty Montana
        For me, i just don't like the idea of driving to work with all the crazy traffic, specially in my country. And of course, someone telling you what to do every day, have to wake up on a specific time.

        Don't forget the so called "office politics", i'm not in to that kind of stuff, even though i can play that "game" if i want.

        Having the ability to work close to my family and the chance to work anywhere sure is fun.

        But i agree with Sal has to say. We need to keep the balance.

        Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

        Working from home is great... but you need to find the right balance IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anang Andriana
    Working from home makes me happy; I can see my kids growing daily. And I’m the boss in my home...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chicago87
    I don't necessarily want to work from home, but to work for MYSELF and be my OWN boss. I want to be in control of my own life and be able to enjoy it. I want to have the financial freedom to travel the world, and buy the things I want to buy. I want to spend my time doing the things I want to do. The thought of having to work 40-50 hours a week for the next 40-50 years of my life is VERY DEPRESSING.

    I know I can do this! If there is a will, there is way! It really seems like I just need some guidance, someone to put me on the right track!
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    • Profile picture of the author PiTstop
      I actually registered a domain with right track in it. I might be able to help you. I am not offering a get rich quick scheme. That is not in my nature, but I can give you some advice from an old gal who has been there and done that

      QUOTE=Chicago87;5004779]I don't necessarily want to work from home, but to work for MYSELF and be my OWN boss. I want to be in control of my own life and be able to enjoy it. I want to have the financial freedom to travel the world, and buy the things I want to buy. I want to spend my time doing the things I want to do. The thought of having to work 40-50 hours a week for the next 40-50 years of my life is VERY DEPRESSING.

      I know I can do this! If there is a will, there is way! It really seems like I just need some guidance, someone to put me on the right track![/QUOTE]
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    I'd like to work from home so I could set my own hours and work less. I'd honestly like to work about 20-30 hours a week.

    But my current job pays very well and their is security in that I am not as willing to give up.
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  • Profile picture of the author nellterry
    I work from home because I love my babies and I would hate to miss them grow.
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  • Profile picture of the author jryan8121
    I've been fortunate enough to be able to quit my "day job", and now work full time from home (on the internet). I enjoy the freedom, income and lifestyle that I have working a successful business from home, and wouldn't have it any other way! My motivation was always to provide better for my family and myself, and these three factors (freedom, income, lifestyle) are the benefits that I now enjoy!

    My family and I now enjoy a lifestyle that I never knew when I was working for someone else. If you are willing to learn, work and persevere, you will eventually have success online! Don't give up and keep working at it!
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    Convenience and free from hassle!
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  • Profile picture of the author stvbarb89
    Day jobs suck, same workplace, same co-workers(
    unless someone gets fired or hired) same customers, same hours, same short lunch breaks, same under pay( I believe ALL jobs cannot pay us enough money for our time because time is priceless.

    My personal reasons I want to work from home:

    1)Being my own Boss

    2)Being Able to help other people do the same as number 1(I genuinely like helping people out)

    3)Financial Freedom(of course)

    4)Being able to pursue my interest and really live and explore all types of things(Actually enjoying my time doing something more full-filling than making someone else richer)

    My biggest dream though is to open up a bakery for my mom she's always wanted to own her own bakery and help my closest friends who helped me out when I was in a tight spot. IM gives anyone the ability to do almost anything.


    Day job? Who in their right mind would want one of those?
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    • Profile picture of the author PiTstop
      True story. My niece went to college to be a medical receptionist. She could only find part time work. She ended up working at a bakery so she got a full paycheque and months later the woman decided to move back to her home town and put the place up for sale. My niece decided to put a plan together and went to the bank who approved her and she is now the owner of a little bakery in a small town..but the bakery has grown, the people love her and she is living her dream.

      Why make someone else rich, I found my niche..actually 5 different niches which i am doing. I have been doing online businesses since 1998 and I LOVE it, and love networking with other people with the same passion as mine. To make an honest dollar and fulfill dreams. If your dream is for her to have her own bakery you CAN do it.



      Originally Posted by stvbarb89 View Post

      Day jobs suck, same workplace, same co-workers(
      unless someone gets fired or hired) same customers, same hours, same short lunch breaks, same under pay( I believe ALL jobs cannot pay us enough money for our time because time is priceless.

      My personal reasons I want to work from home:

      1)Being my own Boss

      2)Being Able to help other people do the same as number 1(I genuinely like helping people out)

      3)Financial Freedom(of course)

      4)Being able to pursue my interest and really live and explore all types of things(Actually enjoying my time doing something more full-filling than making someone else richer)

      My biggest dream though is to open up a bakery for my mom she's always wanted to own her own bakery and help my closest friends who helped me out when I was in a tight spot. IM gives anyone the ability to do almost anything.


      Day job? Who in their right mind would want one of those?
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      • Profile picture of the author stvbarb89
        Originally Posted by PiTstop View Post

        True story. My niece went to college to be a medical receptionist. She could only find part time work. She ended up working at a bakery so she got a full paycheque and months later the woman decided to move back to her home town and put the place up for sale. My niece decided to put a plan together and went to the bank who approved her and she is now the owner of a little bakery in a small town..but the bakery has grown, the people love her and she is living her dream.

        Why make someone else rich, I found my niche..actually 5 different niches which i am doing. I have been doing online businesses since 1998 and I LOVE it, and love networking with other people with the same passion as mine. To make an honest dollar and fulfill dreams. If your dream is for her to have her own bakery you CAN do it.


        Thanks for that story, it's very inspiring. It reminds me that life is too short to be wasting and all it takes is a few simple choices and some elbow grease to start changing and living the type of life that we want to!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    I still work a full-time job. It's doing work I enjoy, with people I enjoy working with, close to my house, and provides a very nice pay/benefits. It has low-stress, challenging enough work, and gives me enough flexibility to do the things I want to do.

    My online business was always to accomplish goals that are normally out of reach for a middle income family. I don't have the desire that others have to work at home, travel around the country, or learn another language...call me uncultured

    Plus, I have a feeling if I gave up my other income, that I'd probably end up working on a lot of things that I currently outsource to others. So in other words, I think if I worked at home, I'd work 50 hours a week. If I worked a full-time job, I'll probably work 50 hours a week (40 at work, 10 at home). So I'd just prefer to take home 2-salaries.

    Different strokes for different folks though. My business makes things easy for me. I'm able to fully fund retirement options, college savings, rainy day funds, a big business stockpile in case I want to buy other sites, and basically just relieves any stress that a job would have.

    Because if I ever did get fired, what do I care?
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    • Profile picture of the author PiTstop
      I always tell people don't quit your day job, but when the income from your part time job exceeds your full time then you have to consider what is best for you and your family. I have a friend who was a police officer, he decided to get into NM and just work a few hours each night. That was 2 years ago and since he AND his wife retired early and they retired a friend who decided to do NM with them. I love the possibilities.
      Originally Posted by Ryan David View Post

      I still work a full-time job. It's doing work I enjoy, with people I enjoy working with, close to my house, and provides a very nice pay/benefits. It has low-stress, challenging enough work, and gives me enough flexibility to do the things I want to do.

      My online business was always to accomplish goals that are normally out of reach for a middle income family. I don't have the desire that others have to work at home, travel around the country, or learn another language...call me uncultured

      Plus, I have a feeling if I gave up my other income, that I'd probably end up working on a lot of things that I currently outsource to others. So in other words, I think if I worked at home, I'd work 50 hours a week. If I worked a full-time job, I'll probably work 50 hours a week (40 at work, 10 at home). So I'd just prefer to take home 2-salaries.

      Different strokes for different folks though. My business makes things easy for me. I'm able to fully fund retirement options, college savings, rainy day funds, a big business stockpile in case I want to buy other sites, and basically just relieves any stress that a job would have.

      Because if I ever did get fired, what do I care?
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  • Profile picture of the author vtotheyouknow
    It's not a question of working from home but a question of working from anywhere on God's green earth with a wifi connection.

    It's about leveraging currency differences and effectively doubling your spending power while seeing foreign lands (if that's what turns you on).

    It's about creating systems that earn your living for you while you spend your time on the things that matter most to you and not overwhelmingly on the work per se.

    It's about the satisfaction of achieving a freedom of time, place and income that most people only dream of but not because most people only dream of it but because YOU do.

    And lastly, it's about traveling on your own path and inspiring others to take their lives to the next level too.

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  • Profile picture of the author RobKonrad
    I think it all depends how you define "work from home".

    If you say work from home = not being in an office environment, that has a lot of benefits - no commuting, more time with your family, more freedom to chose when to work, working from abroad while travelling - that's great.

    If "working from home" = in the literal sense of ONLY working from home - I have to agree with a lot of the previous posters. Less interaction with other people, a lot of distractions.... I would miss the "freedom" in that.

    Check out this humorous view on it:

    Why working at home is both awesome and horrible - The Oatmeal
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  • Profile picture of the author PiTstop
    I have run an online business since 1998. I am the founder and the CEO. Once you get the work from home bug you can never go back to commuting, fighting traffic in all sorts of weather or trying to balance work and family life. Since then I have managed to also run a variety of other businesses. Last year I started an online Halloween costume store, childrens birthday party stores, and Christmas sites and it did very well. Then I found the Health and Wellness niche and I hit GOLD. I never saw how lucrative it could be until I read Robert Kiyosaki's book the Business of the 21st century. No wonder so many people are getting into Network Marketing. Yes, there is competition but it is a people to people business and I have to admit I can not believe the support and free training that you get. I go to conferences and people are genuinely open to helping you in your business. The other benefit is I can work from anywhere there is WiFi, Starbucks is my favourite but with all my new toys I could work on the beach from literally anywhere.

    I love to coach people and mentor them as nothing makes a person richer then showing someone else how to do it themselves. It is called Co-creating.

    So if you want flexibility in your life, freedom, unlimited potential then it is time to look into working from home
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    the sea view and i get to choose the music
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  • Profile picture of the author PiTstop
    Refreshing to read this and get people talking about their WHY's. My reason is because of the unlimited income potential and the every changing office environment I get to work from..i.e. beach, airport lobby, starbucks, in the park....

    Originally Posted by thehorizon View Post

    A controversial question surely might inspire some intriguing answers.

    Do you have a day job you want to quit, do you want an easier job, do you want to decrease your debts, get financial independence, change your social status, change the light at people look at you, afford that new car, do you have something you need to fund, why you need a second income...

    Well, just be brutally honest, don't be shy and spill the beans.
    I'm sure all of us have very similar thoughts...

    To get the ball rolling... here's the question again:

    Why do you want to work from home?
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    The Internet has made it affordable for many employees to be able to work from home, but to be honest if someone wants to quit their day job and work from home, unless they are working for themselves as an online marketer, finding a company to work from home is not as promising as it used to be
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    • Profile picture of the author Warrior Richard
      The question is: why NOT work from home?

      If it's possible then everyone go for it! At least that's why I try to do. I've had enough of boring jobs, having to arrive morning at the same time every day, killing the every day the same way by spending most part of it by being at work.

      Sure, IM takes some patience, self-discipline, self-study and what not but... then you could not only work from home but from anywhere at the world. Anytime you want.

      No More Boss
      Travel Anywhere Anytime.
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  • Profile picture of the author rten885
    Clearly working at home as a lot of advantages as opposed to working for somebody else. First of all you can work whenever you want. If you want to take a 4 month vacation you can do it no problem. Another advantage to working at home and assuming it is commission based. There is no limit as too how much money that you could make. There definitely will be a lot more pressure working at home with no guaranteed income. I like pressure I think working at home is much more beneficial than getting a real job with a fixed income.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps. I have spent the last two years in a cubicle. I am the "boss" at work now, but I still have a boss. I want to be my own boss, I want to spend more time with my kid. I want to build my own business, and accrue actual "wealth" in the sense that I can spend time with my family, go where I want to go when I want to do it.

    Tired of hitting the snooze button, rolling into work, where everyone is "pretend" happy when I would say a large percent are extremely miserable.

    I want to be able to roll out of bed when I damn please, and take the 10 second commute to work.

    I live in a state and city because it is where my job is, and I really do not want to be here for a number of reasons. I want to make it so my job is in state and city I want to live in.

    These are just some of the motivating factors for my self wanting to work from home.

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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Ratliff
    To me, I work from home so I can work when I want to work (although I rarely think I'm working). IMO, it's a myth that most people actually work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (or more)...meaning actual productive work.

    I know very few people who actually do productive work more than about 6 hours a day.

    Working at home, I work when I can be productive.
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    • Profile picture of the author vtotheyouknow
      Originally Posted by Joseph Ratliff View Post

      To me, I work from home so I can work when I want to work (although I rarely think I'm working). IMO, it's a myth that most people actually work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (or more)...meaning actual productive work.

      I know very few people who actually do productive work more than about 6 hours a day.

      Working at home, I work when I can be productive.
      That's a really great point Joseph!

      People simply are NOT consistently productive between 9 and 5, and so long as employers insist on this ludicrous schedule, they'll be throwing a lot of money away unnecessarily.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Ratliff
        Originally Posted by vtotheyouknow View Post

        People simply are NOT consistently productive between 9 and 5, and so long as employers insist on this ludicrous schedule, they'll be throwing a lot of money away unnecessarily.
        Yeah, whoever made up the "8 hours a day" being "full-time" rule needs to be shot.

        It's not only the employer that loses by forcing a 40-hour/or more week...it's the employee as well, because really, a good portion of the "workweek" is actually just wasted time.

        I'd rather go to a park and sip coffee
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  • Profile picture of the author situ08
    The only reason is that we get happy hours to invest with family. You are your own boss.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmdw99
    While I was in college I wanted to work from home for the freedom! The freedom to wake up naturally, work out when I want, travel and even run errands during off times. Fifteen years later, I would not have it any other way. There is always something new to experience without having 9-5 restrictions. It helps that my husband also works from home. We tried a brick and mortar business for about six years, to answer the frequent, "So, what do you do" question. In the end being "the boss lady" is way overrated. We are more than happy to bang out our work on our laptops. When someone asks what we do I am no longer embarrassed to say, "Whatever we want."
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  • Profile picture of the author getano
    The answer is simple: I make a lot more money on my own that from a day job. And what is the best place to work alone than from home?
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  • Profile picture of the author ranjith
    My answer would be simple- It is "I just love it" Working from home and enjoying the flexible timing, spending time with family and friends, shopping, having a cup of coffee while working, it is really a wonderful experience working from home.
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  • Profile picture of the author TwinDragon
    I work my M-F 8-5 so that I can do my 'hobby' job which is teaching Martial Arts to young kids. I want to be able to work less hours and make more money so I can have the time to teach more kids and teach some of them for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Vraibel
    I actually was drawn to IM because I had to. I don't have a college education so getting a high paying job was virtually impossible. I had always wanted to own my own business and once I realized that you needed very little capital to make money online, it was a no brainer.

    You can count me in with those that didn't realize how boring it would be. Sometimes I wish I just had some coworkers to have a conversation with instead of jamming away at the computer all day but I'll gladly trade the freedoms of IM for a lack of social interaction.
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  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    It's all about freedom. Freedom to wake up when you want, to spend time with your family, to leave for spontaneous mid season vacations without having to let your "superior" know about it... all be it I don't have much of a social life, but who needs one when you've got the ocean at your doorsteps, a beautiful wife and three awesome kids to enjoy it with....life is good when you're the boss.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarcoJardel
      For me personally it's all about flexibility and income potential. But for some people I can completely understand why having a job would work for them.

      But there are pros and cons of self employed working from home:

      Pros

      The flexibility to choose your working hours.
      Take a day off when you need it and work during the weekend instead.
      The ability to work from anywhere in the world.
      Go the gym during the day time.
      Go shopping during the week.
      More income potential. Who is more likely to become a millionaire, an entrepreneur or an employee?
      No more bumper to bumper traffic to and from work.
      No more going to work in rain, hail and snow.

      Cons

      No sick pay. You don't work then you don't earn.
      No annual leave. If you go on vacation from the day job you still get paid. If you go on vacation when self employed you don't get paid and don't earn any money either.
      Lack of face to face communication (if you're working online).
      More likely to get distracted by Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and the rest...
      Less of a 'comfort zone' than having a job for most people.
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorjeterboy
    I've been in an office job for about 10 months and quit after that and start working from home. Now I'm very happy, I can watch Po**n anytime I want LOL, I can play facebook games anytime I want, I learn everyday and the best thing here is I earn more compared to my day job before
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan92
    I don't necessarily care to work from home; I'm actually indifferent to the location, as there is hardly a geographic limitation in the first place. Overall, I just really like this industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    Originally, working at home was the best option for me when I decided to go back to college full time. I could work around my class schedule. Now that I have a son, I enjoy working at home so I can spend more time with him as well as keep him out of daycare. The ones around here aren't the best, and I save money at the same time. Of course, working from home with a toddler isn't always 100% perfect, but I'd much rather be here than working a 9-5.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    Simple question, simple answer for me.

    I DO NOT like having no control over my life. And I found out early in life that working for someone else you don't have any control of your life.

    Working for myself, or at home if you want to look at it that way, the success in my life is dependent of my own ability to succeed or fail and I'm happy and comfortable with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author JiuJitsuSweep
    i want to work from home because it gives me the freedom to live my lfe on my own terms.

    Freedom is never having to say you're sorry
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  • Profile picture of the author solado
    I have just started IM because it does look like a gate way for me to escape the rat race, I hate working for other people and have a big problem with authority figures. I have just started IM because it does look like a gate way for me to escape the rat race and work from home, I hate working for other people and have a big problem with authority figures.

    Not only that I hate selling my life by the hour, if there is one thing money cant buy its time, so selling time by the hour is probably one of the biggest mistakes in life.

    Working from home allows me control over my own time and life, if i want to go for a walk, then i can. If i don't want to work, i don't have to. If i want a break, i can have one. Its just something that's appealed to me for along time.
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  • Profile picture of the author trytolearnmore
    To be honest with you, i really want to become rich and work from home, because i'm a bit lazy and to "kind" to work with real businessmen.

    But just recently, i've watched one of my favorite series "La Piovra" (The Octopus) where i've realized that a life should have a meaning. As Steve Jobs pointed out, we will die anyway - so there is no need to be afraid to take action.

    Ideally, i will use the money i've made an will make in IM, and start a career as a... that i haven't decided yet, but it will be something that will make me proud.

    *Of course, i have to defeat my laziness first
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  • Profile picture of the author Ikmal Syifai
    Quality time is the most important thing for my family and I want to give as much as I can to my family. Working for other people will not let me do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOAssasin
    work in my terms ,My success depends only on me ...
    more time to be with my family
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I enjoy the whole work from home concept because it lends itself into that American idealism of being in control of your own destiny. Who wouldn't want to set their own hours and be their own boss while bringing in large amounts of money?

    On a more personal level, I am actually not looking for freedom from a day job. I love to work. I love to interact with people. However, working from home gives me financial security and a solid backup plan (as well as college funding), so it is a backup plan/nest egg that is better than anything else out there.

    Long term, I want to work for Disney World (I'm gonna run that sucker lol), best place ever. Even when I realize that dream, I'll still be writing on here, because you can never be too prepared.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedHelper
    I'm too lazy to work from home. I need at least to be properly dressed for work ( shirt, trousers etc.) So it would very,very silly if i walked through my flat in a buisness suit, making some tee or scratching a cat. I also need to comunicate with my collegues too often. But ok, working from home partly is quite possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Tyler
    I do it mainly for financial independence. That's my #1 goal - quitting school, starting my own business, traveling the world while earning money online and just simply enjoying what life have to give without working your ass off.

    And just the feeling of being your own boss IS JUST AWESOME

    Mike Tyler.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaper7
    Working fron home is a bad idea. The correct thinking makes a big difference so one must have the right mindset when it comes to marketing both online and offline. There are simply too many distractions at home and a serious business cannot thrive with such distractions.

    My suggestion:
    Run your business like a real business by renting an office building and formulate a schedule to operate your business. You are already ahead of your competition who fails to take my advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by kaper7 View Post

      Working fron home is a bad idea. The correct thinking makes a big difference so one must have the right mindset when it comes to marketing both online and offline. There are simply too many distractions at home and a serious business cannot thrive with such distractions.

      My suggestion:
      Run your business like a real business by renting an office building and formulate a schedule to operate your business. You are already ahead of your competition who fails to take my advice.

      If there are distractions at home, you rid of them or work away from them.

      There are many people who have thrived financially from working at home without the need to work from an external premesis with associated overheads.

      Extra room and costs is pointless.

      The boots need to fit the feet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    I can't agree with Kaper7 more! Its all about mindset and unless you don't feel like you are conducting business you probably aren't.

    I for the longest time was very unproductive staying at home and trying to work on the internet but by moving my location to the local library, my productivity shot up. There could be various reasons why but I think just the coziness of my home brought down my productivity.
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  • Profile picture of the author FromBrokeToRich
    I was a journeyman carpenter making $32.80 an hour working 40 hours a week and after taxes my take home was never more than $3,200 a month...

    Fast forward to today (right now)...

    I wake up when I want (no alarm clock here)
    I check my emails and return a few calls
    Spend a couple hours on EFFECTIVE marketing
    ...and the rest of the day is 100% freedom

    I won't share any numbers here because most people
    most likely wouldn't believe me either way so I'll just say this...

    I've had DAYS online where I've made more money than working an entire month at $32.80 an hour.

    For me... there is absolutely NO comparison.
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