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Chapter 1. Next Stop—Home

Chapter 1. Next Stop—Home

Every day, 60 million (yes, million) people are getting out of bed, walking in their bathrobe with a cup of coffee to a desk somewhere in their home or apartment, and working from home. They have a 60-second commute. One minute. No subway, no obnoxious guy or gal in the next cubicle, just freedom. In the era of faxes and e-mail, it has become a new American dream. Is it a passing fad? Not according to builders who predict that in the next 5 years, almost all new homes will have dedicated home offices sketched into the blueprints. There's a buzz out there, and it's making its way across the country—work from home, pursue what you love, and take hold of your own life. Want to join them but not sure if you're ready? Here's a little surprise for you—you are already on your way.

Why People Decide to Work From Home

  • Tired of being a road warrior

  • Desire to be their own boss

  • Want to escape from the corporate world and the doldrums of middle management

  • Have been “Enron'ed”

  • Feel restless, underappreciated, and underpaid

  • Caught by the dot.com layoffs or corporate downsizing

  • Pushed out by age

  • Wish to be at home raising children

  • Yearn for flexible hours

  • Want to supplement their incomes



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