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Tue 24 Apr 2018

Introduction is the website for people who either work at home, or work from home.

If you are looking for help doing your school homework, then try the BBC Bitesize site.

After a year's break, the site is reinventing itself, and planning to offer:

  • Useful articles
  • Jobs
  • Book and website reviews
  • A forum
  • Case studies

It will take time to develop the site, so please bare with us.

Homeworking Jobs

Jobs from Indeed

Press coverage

  • 8 Aug 1999 BBC Breakfast TV
  • 8 Nov 1999 The Scotsman
  • 14 Feb 2000 The Times
  • 7 Mar 2000 Palm Beach Post
  • 9 Sep 2003 Guardian
  • 10 Apr 2004 Telegraph
  • 16 Nov 2006 Independent
  • 9 Feb 2011 Guardian

Also: Sky Digital Money

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Ian is 42, married and has two children: Adelaide who is 13 years old and Cameron aged 8.

Case Study written 1999 & updated 2002/03

Q. What do you do?
A. I have been a Web publisher for about 9 years.
Q. Where do you work at home?
A. In the front room. The room is quite long and thin, so the far end is the work area.
Q. What is the best thing about working from home?
A. No commuting, no traffic jams, Richard and Judy on the TV (when they used to be on mid-morning!), the refrigerator round the corner.
Q. What are the negative points about working at home?
A. Not as sociable as going into the workplace (but there are less interruptions as a result). Far more responsibility than at work. If you don't succeed, the mortgage doesn't get paid.
Q. What was the deciding factor to help you to decide to work from home?
A. Circumstance. I was made redundant, wanted an excuse to work for myself, and didn't require an office.
Q. How do you cope with distractions at home?
A. I can switch off quite easily. But nothing concentrates the mind more than knowing there's another mortgage payment in 4 weeks.
Q. Do you manage to keep your work and home life separate?
A. Most of the day, the kids are at school, or they're playing upstairs. My wife is also a bit of a workaholic, so during the evening she is either working herself, or very understanding. But you can't completely separate work from home life, and you have to expect interruptions, and times when the kids come first.
Q. Does your homeworking pay the bills?
A. Yes.
Q. How did you manage financially when you first started working at home?
A. After being made redundant, I was fortunate to receive three months salary. I'd been moonlighting for a couple of months anyway, so I just needed to step up the amount of time working for myself. And since the industry was relatively young, there wasn't much competition back then!
Q. How do you manage your time?
A. I kind of prioritise, work that must be done comes first. Then contacting people who need first-time replies, then everything else. Housework is done on a whim, 10-minutes here, 5 minutes there.
Q. How do you cope with the isolation of working at home?
A. I never feel isolated.
Q. What sort of work did you do before you worked at home?
A. I was a staff writer on a computer magazine.
Q. Homeworking is a very individual way of working and what is right for one person may not be right for the next. What advice would you suggest to someone considering working from home?
  • If you can, moonlight first before you commit financially.
  • Know when to take a break!
  • Don't spend or invest more than you can afford.