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* Pressure to 'prove yourself': telecommuters sometimes feel need to prove that they really are much more productive at home than their coworkers in office. This can lead to long hours and significant stress.
* Lack of social contact: some people genuinely enjoy talking to their co-workers. When they being to work from home, they don't have that type of social interaction anymore. It's very easy to feel isolated and alone.
* Misconceptions about home workers: unfortunate but true, there are people who believe that anyone who "works from home" is really just lazing around and having a vacation day at company's expense. Can you handle remarks of this nature from coworkers, or even friends and family?
Everyone focuses on BENEFITS of telecommuting - no surprise, since who wouldn't enjoy comfort and flexibility of working from home? However, it's important to also look at problems surrounding telecommuting. Make no mistake, telecommuting is a change in LIFESTYLE! Only you can decide if it's right one for you.
Angela used to telecommute for a large corporation, but now spends her days running an online business. She is the editor of Online Business Basics, a newsletter for eBusiness beginners. Visit her website at http://www.onlinebusinessbasics.com/ or email her at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org