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Working at home, also described as "teleworking" or "telecommuting" when substantially based on telecommunications with an employer or clients, is, for many, an attractive alternative to conventional employment at an outside location. As such, it needs to be distinguished from using one's home as a legal address for a company, e.g., sole proprietorship. If one's business is mostly on the road, e.g., in door-to-door sales, a legally home-based business might still not, from the perspective of of some taxation agency, constitute working at home.

Like almost everything else, working at home comes with benefits and costs. For the gregarious, the comparative solitude of working at home can be a burden, as can the home-based distractions, such as children, and the temptations of home conveniences, such as the refrigerator or big-screen TV. Even "loners" may miss the variety of experiences being forced to leave the house injects into daily life.

On the other hand, for independent, highly focused and self-disciplined workers, home-based jobs and careers can be a perfect match-especially when respecting one's personal work rhythm and energy flows by working at one's own pace is critical to creative and other performance.

Although only 2.1% of American employees [about 3.1 million workers]-which excludes volunteers and the self-employed-considered their home as their primary workplace in 2011, 79% of them reported wishing that they could work at home at least some of the time, according to one comprehensive survey. Moreover, the same survey indicated that between 20 million and 30 million work at home at least one day per week.

* 15 to 20 million are "road warriors" or otherwise mobile workers
* 10 to 15 million are involved in home businesses
* 15 to 20 million people (including the self-employed) work at home part-time with about half doing so 1-2 days a week
* 3 million work at home full-time.

Working at home means the ability to generate an income right out of one's own home. To be able to do this, individuals usually need to have all the equipment, facilities and materials required to successfully operate or conduct daily work functions from the home. Equipment needed for such work may include and are not limited to computers, laptops, printers, photocopiers, writing paper, telephones, cell phones, writing materials, storage cabinets and notepads. Any equipment that is needed to successfully generate income from the home should be purchased to guarantee success. Apart from locating materials and equipment, it is important to determine the best place for a home office within the home. As distractions arise within the home, it can be difficult to work. So, seeking a quiet part of the home and ensuring that optimal concentration and focus on work is feasible is the best plan for successfully working in the home.

There are many advantages of working at home including saving transportation costs. Individuals that have to work outside the hone need to either drive or take public transportation to work. This can be costly whether gas needs to be bought or bus tickets need to be purchased. There are also savings in time and effort that can be achieved when people do not have to commute to work. Those who do not need to commute are able to spend more time focusing on the work activities for the day, rather than being bothered by things that happen along the way to work such as traffic jams, road rage and other delays.
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