Matthew Stibbe posted a great piece today on working from home. The key take away that I believe many home workers don’t get is to "be businesslike". The concept of the home worker being a smelly, unshaven, unwashed lump is pervasive. Dress well, get out and meet other telecommuters often. I learned a valuable lesson in my business career that is still an absolute constant: It’s NEVER bad to be the best dressed person in a room……EVER…no matter what the popular fashion is for the day.
Also, I’d like to fill in some items not covered by Mr. Stibbe. If one has family at home, we have 2 kids under 4, establish clear rules and regs with your stay-at-home wife/mom about "interruptibility". My guideline was that I’m technically "not there" from 8-5 daily. Thus, I can get up at 5AM and get about 2 hours in before everyone else is up…and still cook the kids breakfast and get my boy ready for pre-school…then dart into the office without announcing my intentions whatsoever. My wife is great this way.
Additionally, I like to have the office be a peaceful and calm place. I took some cues from Steve Pavlina on this one. It may sound a bit hokey…but scented candles (cue the "Ladies Man" quotes from SNL), a water fall fountain, relaxing music, plants, etc. make the office feel more conducive to brilliant thinking…and perhaps moderately dim writing.