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Business Forum: “I’m Here!” Stay Connected Working from Home


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Home is where the work is. Today many professional women work from home. That’s why it’s more important than ever before to maintain a strong, supportive community of other professional women. Like you, a large percentage of our members work from home either on a full- or part-time basis. Some are telecommuting a few days a week from a corporate office, while others solely work from home. Many challenges face home-based workers, including staying focused, avoiding home distractions and networking with colleagues and others in their industries.

Remember to keep your connections strong and join your NAPW Local Chapter.

How do you stay connected while working from home? How do you use your NAPW Local Chapter to enhance your networking?

We want to hear from you! Let us know the answers to these questions below. And, feel free to share your tips on how you stay focused while working from home.


Megan Bozzuto


  1. Sheryl
    October 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I work from home 2-3 days per week depending on meetings. I find that I am much more productive at home! You do not have the distractions from the open office environment and can really focus on projects. However, I do find it necessary to have the human contact otherwise I get cranky! 🙂 The best option for me is to alternate days.

    • Angela Koponen
      October 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I’m hoping to do something similar, but three days at the office and 4 day weekends. I also find that Skype can be my best friend when I’d like to see someone and have distance between us. There are some great whiteboard tools for sharing materials as well. Technology solves so many of the problems when we use it strategically.

    • Terry
      October 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Sheryl,

      I am seeking to work from home as well. I know the comfort and the peace that it brings. Haven’t quite landed the opportunity to work from home with a reputable company, yet however, If you know of some good legitimate companies to work for and wouldn’t mind sharing the info, it will be highly appreciated. Will continue seeking on my own as well. I am happy to become a part of NAPW. Have a very nice day

    • Joanne
      October 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      I work from home and I am in technology sales. Our Pexip product allows interoperability to any video client, Lync, WebRTC, Jabber, Polycom, Cisco. etc. and audio. So I travel the world everyday on video speaking to customers,prospects and my team to collaborate realtime face to face. I have customers who have become friends that I have never met in person. The best is that I can work with my slippers on!

    • Bonnie
      October 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Too much of anything is not a good thing. I have a home based business which is great at keeping costs down, but my husband who works at night feels the need to stop by all day long with “very” important things like, “it’s raining out” or “today’s trash day”. Usually this is while I’m on the phone or trying to finish numbers on a quote. So we are moving and the whole first floor will be office and the 2nd and 3rd floors will be living space. It will make for easier working and to get that contact we all need I go to networking events and meet with clients at lunch.

  2. Tina Vine
    October 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I have been working from home full time for almost four years and really enjoy it. I agree with Sheryl, I am far more productive and I love the flexibility it gives me when needed but generally I keep to a fairly structured working day. When I am away from home, I stay connected through my iPhone. As I work internationally, having to make calls late at night is not such a big deal when I only have to go into the den.

  3. Debbie Barrett-Bryson
    October 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I have been a telecommuter for 4 years now. I really like the idea of not having the fight the traffic for an hour going and coming each day. That is just one of the benefits of working at home, others include no wear and tear on my car and saving a lot of money on gas, since I only now use my car to run errands and I can do my job in my sweats if I want too.. There are some disadvantages also from working at home such as the company expects more productivity from you. I find myself working through lunch or working later if I don’t monitor my time.

  4. Robbie
    October 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I work from home and prefer it. I have done the ‘go to the office everyday.’ I do skin care, nutrition counseling, energy healing etc I find it hard to fit in time to devote to outside marketing. I have gotten a little complacent in this environment which is the only downside. I joined NAPW in hopes of keeping in contact with professionals and learning how to better the business side of what I do.

  5. Catherine Avery
    October 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I don’t work at home any more. There were too many distractions and I wasn’t taken seriously by my family. I rented a very small office in town, which means I stay completely focused on work when I am there. It defines the boundaries and an added benefit is I can hire local students as interns to help me with social media and technology. And I love locking the door knowing that I am leaving work for the evening.
    Many of my clients work at home. My biggest piece of advice for them (and you) is to create a special place for work. An “office” can be located in the dining room, a corner of the basement, a spare bedroom, even a closet. If possible don’t set up your office in your own bedroom. It’s not healthy to mix work and sleep. The key is to be situated so as to avoid the interruptions of family, friends and delivery people.

  6. Jessica Wilson
    October 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I agree with Sheryl. I love working from home as there are less distractions, but I noticed there may be some days where I won’t leave the house for a few days, and just the realization of that makes me cranky. Luckily, I at least have one client who prefers me to keep the books at their office. It is a nice change of pace. 🙂

  7. Beth Lockwood
    October 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I have been working from home for about 12 years now running a Destination Management & Event Planning Business. I also agree with many of the women here in that I am far more productive and also love the flexibility it gives me. At least once a week or once every other week I make it a point to set up out of office meetings and I also attend many networking events. This allows the opportunity to keep that human interaction, make connections and to build strong partnerships with other entrepreneurs. Another thing that really works for me is to make sure I get dressed every single day, even if it’s just to throw on jeans and a t-shirt, I do my hair, makeup and even sometimes a spray of perfume. It makes me feel much more confident through the day once I sit down at my desk and when speaking to people on the phone. And it certainly helps if you get that unexpected knock on the door :). Another tip ladies: do not keep snacks in the house if the kitchen is just steps away :). Wishing you all much success.

  8. Lauren
    October 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I, too, work from home (and have done so for more than four years). I am a million times more productive working from home, without the office chatter and social interruptions. I most certainly work far more hours than I would in a traditional office, but for me, that is a fair trade-off to not have to be in a physical office by 8am each day. I also travel about 14 days a month, so being able to come home and work from home makes frequent travel much less daunting. I do have to admit that it takes a very focused person to work at home – it certainly does not work for everyone. I am lucky that it works so well for me (in fact, I’m terrified that I’ll have to ever go back to working in an office, it would be a huge adjustment)!

  9. Melissa Riley
    October 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I’ve been working from home exclusively for the past 1 1/2 years (when I’m not traveling) and before that I did part-time (3 out of 5 days) for about a year, and before that was exclusively in office mostly. I’ve got mixed feelings about it. While I enjoy saving the money, time and aggravation that comes with working at home, I do miss the in-person interactions with co-workers. We use several online meeting tools and also instant messaging (with video when feasible). As Catherine stated, not being taken seriously at home can be a problem (and I have dedicated office space with a door!) and it seems like I have to work extremely hard to stay focused (I accomplish it but I have to work at it). I think I prefer the part-time schedule because it’s the best of both worlds. I’m considering taking a new job opportunity that will require being in the office full time. I find myself looking forward to it half the time and dreading it the other half. LOL

    The advise I’ve given friends considering it is that you have to be extremely disciplined in order for it to work. Keep track of your “work time” by logging what time you’re spending on actual work, and be prepared to do extra/abnormal hours in order to make up for what I call your “distracted time” because it’s inevitable. This allows you to still be productive and keep up with the often more intense workload/expectations, without all the guilt. 😉

  10. jasmine montero
    October 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

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  11. Mira-Jo
    October 8, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I’ve signed up to nearly every freelance website I can find that needs website design and/or internet marketing. I’m in the process of building my portfolio as I complete my degree. I use my basement for an office so separating work and home isn’t a problem for me. My difficulty right now is getting clients. Does anyone have any tips ? Thanks

  12. Suzan Savarese
    October 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I am a Virtual Executive Assistant so as is noted, I work from my home office. I have been doing this since January of this year after working over 25 years in corporate. While I like the interaction of colleagues in the office, I work very well at home by myself and find that I can remain focused and get a lot of work done.

    I am network all the time and by joining NAPW, I find that I will have even more of an opportunity to do so.

    I look forward at all the opportunities and open doors that my home office business offers and never look back!

    Thank you. If anyone is interested in my services, would love to chat…

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