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The biggest selling point for deciding to work from home can also be your biggest problem if you are not preparing yourself properly. Many people decide to work from home so that they can have the flexible schedule to allow them to be there for their family when needed. When you take a job working from the house, you will be able to make all of the doctor appointments and the school plays that you would have other wise missed out on.
If you are not careful though, this newfound freedom can set you back in your work and cause things to fall apart for you. Even though you have a lot of freedom when you work from home, you have to make sure that you are sticking to some sort of schedule. When something important comes up, you will be able to take time off work to tend to it because the rest of the time you were actually working. Make sure that you are not allowing yourself to fall into the pattern of thinking that "there is always tomorrow". Eventually, you will find yourself doing a whole lot of nothing and you will have the very small paycheck to show for it.
Create a schedule for yourself, which should include a lunch hour for yourself. Give yourself scheduled breaks, just as you would have if you were working outside of the home. When you are not on a break, make sure that you are concentrating on work. Forget about the bills, the checkbook and the laundry that is piling up. Concentrate on work and you will be able to get a lot done in your day.
Also, make sure that you are having a conversation with your friends and family about how you have decided to work from home. Many times, self employed people find that their friends and family think that they are always available for chat on the phone or run to the store, simply because they are home. Set ground rules about your workspace and the time you need to do your job. Once you get everyone to understand that even though you work from home you have a job, they will respect your time and space.