My co-workers and clients are reluctant to call me when I'm telecommuting -
they don't want to call me "at home." What can I do?
This is a common problem. It comes from the traditional separation of work and personal life, and we are conditioned to respect the privacy of a person's time at home. Even though telecommuting means working at home, and often happens during normal business hours, some people still feel that a work-related call to the home is an intrusion.
Talk to your co-workers or clients and assure them that you want - and expect -
them to call you if necessary, just as they would if you were in the office.
This is one of the benefits of having a separate telephone line for your office
at home; you can tell people that they won't be calling on the residence phone,
and therefore won't be interrupting other family members or otherwise intruding.