Still, working at home is not for everyone. Some people report a struggle with loneliness, at least initially. Some feel out of the loop; others miss the “water-cooler” chats. Discipline can be a problem. Almost everyone reports that working at home requires some adjustment.
One key, experts say, is to maintain contact with peers and suppliers. Start a support group; plan networking lunches with colleagues. Part-time telecommuting might be a good way to test the waters.
If you plan to operate a home business, you’ll need to know the local zoning ordinances that govern your options. In some areas, the use of detached buildings, separate office entrances, and even signs is prohibited. Some counties and municipalities also limit the amount of a home’s square footage that can be devoted to a business. In other areas, you cannot store goods in your home or make retail transactions there.
You may also need to get a local business license and pay local business fees. And of course, there may be taxes, insurance, and employee benefits to consider.