According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people who work at home has grown again substantially over the last decade. Approximately 4.2 million people are now doing it.
Whether you run your own work at home business, telecommute or are an independent contractor, working from home has a number of advantages. Among them, having more flexibility, saving time and money by eliminating the commute, avoiding noise and distraction in the workplace and being able to arrange work around family commitments.
If you’ve made the decision to give it a try, there are a few things to take note of up front: you’ll need to start paying your own employment taxes; keep track of every work-related expense, no matter how big or small; and you’ll need to invest in a few high-ticket tools to get started.
No office can function in this day and age without a computer. There are dozens of models to choose from, but perhaps the most convenient would be a laptop which can be brought to meetings when necessary.