Homework 101

Bob Goldman on

There is one good reason why you shouldn't work from home.

Unless you let a band of gypsies use your Kelvinator, you can't steal anybody else's lunch from the fridge. All the moldy tuna sandwiches available will be yours.

Other than that, there is no limit to the advantages of working from home.

There is no dress code. You can work in the nude and no one will complain. (Though for the sake of public dignity, I beg that you don't. Do the decent thing and wear a Speedo.) Also, you have no managers giving you the evil eye. No co-workers annoying you. In fact, as a homeworker, the only person who will annoy you is you. And you're darn good at it, too.

Oh, yes, people say working at home is lonely. This is ridiculous. The homeworker has many wonderful friends with whom to interact throughout the day. From Wendy Williams to Steve Harvey to Judge Judy, you're surrounded by beautiful, successful people who only want to make you happy. They also want to sell you Miracle Socks, but that's OK. Better than having to buy three cases of Girl Scout cookies from your supervisor's kid.

The pros and cons of working from home are so obvious, I couldn't imagine what Tim Herrera of The New York Times would be able to write in his recent article, "4 Simple Tips for Working from Home."

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As it happened, Herrera hardly wrote a word. Shrewdly, he found an expert -- another expert. I must have been busy watching Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil come up with a cure for my Alice in Wonderland syndrome and didn't answer the phone.

Author Kenneth R. Rosen answered the call, and here's what he had to say:

The No. 1 job of a "remote worker" is to find remote work.

"There are many companies and websites that connect freelancers with employers," Rosen writes, "but they can be sparse depending on your specific trade and industry."


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