Work From Home seems to be the latest buzz words. Why? What is it about working from home that is such a pull for so many? In reality this also means working for yourself though there are some companies who will let their employees work from home for part of the working week. In this article we will focus only on what it is like working from home for yourself. I have been doing this since the late 1990's, would I say I have loved every minute? No not at all. Would I say it is worth it? Yes absolutely. So lets explore the pros and cons of working for yourself from home.There are some great opportunities to make money from home out there for stay at home moms or dads; and with some you can make good money, very good money. If you are interested to know more, take a look at How to Work from Home on your Computer. The key is to know how to spot the real opportunities and how to spot the scams. These days the most up-and-coming and lucrative opportunities are chances to makes money online. There are the other opportunities of course like stuffing envelopes and data entry - the two most common you will encounter. However, with both of these you are still working for the profit of others predominantly and not yourself.Many people are jumping on the chance to work from home because of the many perceived benefits of doing so:The first benefit is time. When you work from home, you create your own hours. Work when you want, as much as you want, and do not worry about requesting time off. No more working holidays, early hours, late hours or weekends, unless you choose to do so. No more wasted hours sitting on trains or in traffic jams. When you work at home you can literally hop on your computer the moment you want to start working. You can work periodically throughout the day. You can do those little jobs around the house, have a long lunch, go to a movie, then come back and work again feeling refreshed and energised. You are able to attend school events in the afternoons for your children and have more quality time with your family or doing hobbies. There are no set hours or shifts when you are your own boss, which is the next big draw.No Boss. Most people complain about their boss behind their back. Just think for a minute what your life would be like if you eliminated that stressful element from your life? No more confrontations, unfair expectations, or berating from your boss. No more having to compromise with other departments or colleagues just to get your job done. No more worrying what the office gossips are saying about you behind your back. The feeling of control and freedom you get from being your own boss is unmatchable. So if you are one of the 25 percent of employees who say their jobs are the most stressful part of their lives you could serve yourself well by seriously looking into working for yourself.The next big benefit is Cost Savings. Working from home also eliminates both the time wasted commuting and the costs of commuting. These are not insignificant. A season ticket on the rail network costs Â£'000s a year, not to mention parking charges and the costs of running a car in top. Also, when you work from home you can claim a portion of your utility bills as running costs of your business. Check with your tax man exactly how much you can claim.Now lets turn our attention to the negatives of working for yourself from home. Here the biggest issue is that of motivation and persistence. If you think that you can hand in your notice today go home sit back, log on once or twice a week and watch the money roll in think again. As with any business effort is required, and consistent effort is needed to build and then maintain it. You need to be very clear exactly what you are doing and how to maximise your efforts for the greatest return. So if you are the kind of person who would rather roll over in bed and think about doing something tomorrow instead of now then you may wish to reconsider working for yourself.Some people need the structure of an office or factory environment to encourage them to work at all. Make no mistake it is a big culture change when you start working for yourself. No one will complain if you choose to sit back and do nothing all day long but you will need to consider the consequences of doing this for an extended period of time?You will need to make sure you have the tools you need to work effectively. A quiet place in the home is usually an advantage and it is a great idea to be able to segregate your work space from your family space. This will enable you to mentally distinguish play from work and helps prevent the biggest danger when you work for yourself and that is forgetting to give yourself "me time". For make no mistake there is always something to do when you work for yourself, your work day could never end unless you are disciplined enough to separate it. If you are working online then you need an active, reliable internet connection and PC or laptop.Bear in mind also that it can be lonely. Some people thrive on personal contact with people in the workplace and need public recognition of their accomplishments. If this applies to you make sure you give yourself plenty of opportunities to get out and see friends, go to conferences and exhibitions linked to your business to give you that necessary social contact. Look out for support groups sometimes called Master mind groups in your local area. These exist to help people who work for themselves get that social interaction, it is a great way to share ideas as well.Only you can decide if working for yourself from home is right for you, if you have the dedication and determination to succeed and want the ability to make as much money as you choose then there is no time like the present to get yourself started.What is the best way to get started? To copy what the successful people are doing, learn from our mistakes.For more info, visit How to Work from Home on your Computer.