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I work from home at least 3/4 days a week. Its great because its so quiet I can get loads done without the usual interruptions in an office. I dont have to queue for the lunch van or the loo either! I use Skype for meetings, ring people on their landline or mobile with my company phone and of course, email. We also have Sharepoint as a central hub for any policy updates or company news. Because we have a lot of home based employees, all our systems are designed to be picked up from home locations. We dont pay over the odds for any fancy technology other than hosting fee's to a few external parties.
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I've worked from home for 16 or 17 years, managing groups as large as 250 around the world. Online moderation is a great job for someone working from home. I have a nice sized staff of managers and team leaders as well, who work from home (US and UK). It's difficult for young people, in my opinion. They do it but they don't grow in their jobs as quickly as their peers who are in an office environment every day. We learn from others and if our interaction is limited, so will be our growth in our professions.
I think it's best suited for parents or people who are highly motivated. Also, remember to get out of your house!
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As long as they aren't parenting at the same time, the home office can be identical to the work office, with very little technology needed. Using free tools and technologies, software as a service, and the mobile phone, you can work from anywhere in the world, not just from home. We just need to realise as a workforce and as employers of a workforce that work is something you do, not somewhere you go.