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There's a lot of discussion about the potential problems of working at home. I thought that people want to work because they enjoyed it. Isn't that really true?

It most certainly is - in cases where the telecommuter has made an informed choice about becoming a telecommuter. The list of benefits and lifestyle improvements they cite is long and varied - everything from simply being able to work without having to get dressed in office clothes (including putting on makeup, shaving, putting on stockings, and so on) to just being more relaxed by avoiding the stress of the commute.

There's also the very real benefit of being able to blend together one's personal life and work life more easily - or at least, to the extent that the job allows. This can range from just being able to sleep a little later to being there when the kids come home from school, as well as being able to put a load of laundry into the washing machine instead of letting it all pile up for the weekend.

When we listen to successful telecommuters, we get the feeling that they would do just about anything to protect their privilege of telecommuting. They value it very highly, but they don't see it as a mini-vacation. In fact, one of the main reasons why telecommuters enjoy it is because they can finally get their work done away from the noise and distractions of the office.

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