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Working From Home: No Joke

By Jennifer Zach

Working from home has often been the object of misplaced humor.

How else to explain teasing comments about us who do it eating bonbons all day in our bunny slippers?
Or the assumption that we are not really working – which is why we must have loads of free time to do someone else’s errands?

I don’t think people who say these things or make these assumptions are mean or insensitive, they have simply never experienced a work from home arrangement or discovered what it entails.
Without a sense of the drive and tenacity it takes to work from home, jokes come into play.
The truth is that working from home is both rewarding and challenging – in some ways even more challenging than working in a traditional office environment.
I have worked from home for the past six years and have learned along the way how to describe what I do.

For one thing, I no longer refer to my working hours as “part-time.” I choose the word “flexible,” because for me working from home invariably means factoring in family responsibilities and community service.
With the freedom of working from home comes responsibility, and so a strong sense of self-discipline is a must.

Successful work-at-home professionals stick to schedules, are accountable and stay focused no matter how loud or crazy it is just feet away from them at home.

I value my work and my time. People can kid me about bonbons and bunny slippers. I may not be working in an office, but I’m still working.

About the author:

Jennifer Zach, an executive coach, speaker, and L&D contributor, specializes in assisting leaders to manage their fight-flight-freeze responses using somatic awareness. With over 14 years in business leadership coaching, she’s known for her contributions to Training Magazine and ATD’s platforms.

She serves as the VP of Programs for ATD Hawkeye Chapter in Iowa and is involved with the ICF Iowa Charter Chapter, Rotary International, and Toastmasters. Jennifer, a graduate of Coach U and a certified integrative somatic trauma therapist, is a respected figure in leadership development.



  1. Beverly King

    I really enjoyed your article on “Working from Home: No Joke”. The article was inspiring to me and motivated me to try ever avenue to finding employment from home. Currently, I am viewing every site possible to find employment that is right for me and my household. I am presently working as a infusion therapy pharmacy technician which I have worked as many years, yet I have a great desire to pursue a work at home envirnoment that would enable me to help my family financially and physically.
    If you have further insight on how I should go about getting positive results from companies for employment or any suggestions in substantial companies I should try, I would really appreciative your advice greatly.
    Thank you Much,
    Beverly Brown King

  2. kim

    i am looking for a real stay at home job that i can do part-time. are there any out there

  3. Jennifer Zach

    A big thank you to those of you who have read and commented on the post “Working from Home: No Joke.” I’m glad you found the content useful.
    Two sites I like to monitor for work at home opportunities are and
    Working from home is possible. I’ve found thinking creatively and collaboratevely to be key…
    Best wishes,

  4. Gina

    I am excited about a new business that I am working from my home. I am helping people save money on their residential gas and electric energy rates in states where energy has been deregulated, as well as the best cell phone rates/plans and products from all the major service carriers across the US. We all use energy to heat and cool our homes, and most of us use cellular phone services. So why not take the opportunity work from home in these essential markets? I would love to show you how you can grow your own business in this market too.
    If you would like to start working from home immediately just like I am with a well established company represented across the US, see the business overview at:
    If you have any questions, please visit my website ( and I will promptly respond to your inquiry.
    I am asking for a small favor. Please share this with your friends and family by going to my website:
    and selecting: products – energy – enroll now
    OR for cellular phone savings select: products – telecom – zurvita mobile – enroll now (available across the US)
    Everything stays the same with your electric/gas utility. The same utility company provides the services, reads the meter, etc. Only the name on the bill changes. I would really appreciate you doing this small favor for me by sharing my website with your friends and family.
    Thank you, Gina
    [email protected]

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