I think at one time or the other everybody has dreamt of working at home. Just imagine, you can wake up when you want to in the morning, you don't have to take a shower and get dressed for work if you don't want to, and your schedule is completely up to you. While it is certainly true that you don't have to get up and get dressed for work, there are many other things that come into play when working a home based business.
If you are thinking about working from home, you are going to have to be honest with yourself. Are you a strong motivated person who loves to work hard for yourself? Are you focused? The reason you must be highly motivated and self-disciplined is because with a home business, you are your own boss. There is no one to tell you that you missed a deadline or were late for work. You are the only one responsible for the work and if you are not motivated, you won't be a very good boss for yourself.
The next thing you'll need to decide is what type of person are you. Do you work best in the morning, evening or in the middle of the night. Everybody has a peak time of the day that they are the most productive. If you are motivated and will stick to a working schedule that works the best for you, you will find much success in a home based business.
You must set some rules while working at home, you must set some rules. Without rules to follow, you will most likely not be very productive. Start out with a schedule that you can stick easily to. Go through your whole day and be sure to schedule in breaks for meals and other things that are involved in your day.
You also need to designate a space in your home only for work. This is a good idea, as you can easily find yourself distracted from the television, radio, kitchen, etc. Your office is your place to work. You want as little distractions as possible. Try to find a room that has a door so you can close it and get to work.
Working at home has its advantages and disadvantages. If you are self-motivated and have a strong desire to succeed, you will never regret the decision to get out of the work force.