How to Work From Home: 10 Real-world Tips

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The Pros and Cons of Coworking Spaces

The Pros and Cons of Coworking Spaces

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Author's Note: How to Work From Home: 10 Real-world Tips

Despite the rising number of Americans who work at least part-time from home, there is an enduring suspicion that to say, "I work from home" is a fancy way of saying, "I don't have a real job." I think this skepticism is fueled by dubious e-mails promising "$10,000 a month working from home!" (Sure, if you have a crystal meth lab in the basement.) And then there's the assumption that real work has to happen at a real office with reserved parking spots, nameplates, secretaries and a conference room that nobody uses. If you choose to work from home, here's a tip for avoiding awkward explanations when asked, "So what do you do?" Steer clear of the actual phrase, "I work from home." Call yourself an "independent contractor" in whatever field you specialize in, or a "small business owner" if the label remotely applies. Or just tell them what you do and keep the whole "home" thing to yourself. Think of it this way: if everyone found out how good you have it at home, no one would want to go to the office. Think about how lonely the water cooler would get. As we know, they have feelings, too.

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