Did you see Friday’s piece in the New York Times about the rise of telecommuting?
As someone who works from home most days, I was gratified to read that a Chinese study found “home-based employees worked more than office workers — 9.5 percent longer — and were 13 percent more productive.”
I’ve had gigs in traditional offices, but since I launched my writing business in 2005, my main workspace has been at home. The hardest time was at the beginning, not because of social isolation but because I lived in a one-room studio, and my desk was 15 feet from my bed. (Talk about a work/life blur.)
I credit my time in graduate school with helping me stay productive, though the Internet, laundry, and dishes are ever-looming distractions. I don’t find I get too lonely, but my work is collaborative in nature, so I still have plenty of interpersonal interactions on an ordinary day.
Do you work from home? What do you like or dislike about it?