If you work from home have you ever been told you don’t have a “real job?” And is that person who implied you don’t still breathing? One of the facts of life of working from home—even if you make good money—is that people don’t think you’re really working. Though you may even make more money working your home job, people still don’t think of it as real if you don’t climb into your car or head for the subway to get to an office.

It can be tough to have these sorts of conversations, but let’s be completely honest. You work at home, and, dude, you have it made in spades.

Let’s set down the facts: —You can set your own hours. This is one of the true beauties of working at home. You don’t have to watch the clock, you don’t have a specific start time or end time. When you work in a traditional office, everyone knows what time you arrive in the morning and everyone takes note of when your leave. But when you work at home, you are your own boss and no one is raising their eyebrows if you decide to stop working at noon one day to go work out at the gym.

—Corporate casual is way too dressy. Before you worked from home you no doubt had to wear some kind of uniform, either a suit and tie or some other dress code that required you to be completely

uncomfortable for long stretches of time. Even though more offices are accepting casual attire, you can’t wear sweats or you jammies to work, can you. But if you work at home, you can. You can wear that rock band T-shirt with the holes in it or the fluffy pink slippers, because no one is there to tell you you can’t. —You can take a long lunch. In fact, you should. As wonderful as working from home is, you should go out and breathe some fresh air once in a while. It’ll do you good to see people other than the virtual ones on your computer.

—You’re living green. You have the knowledge that, because you work from home, you’re saving the world from greenhouse gases. You’re probably saving major bucks on gas, too. Even when the gas prices are down, you’re still not spending nearly what other daily-commuters to on gas.

And now, a reality check, because it’s not all peaches and cream: —It’s a lonely world. Chances are, if your work is almost exclusively an on-line business, you don’t have much human interaction. And we, as humans, need this. That’s why it’s so important to go out and have that lunch at the local diner. Even if your conversation entails your lunch order, at least you’re out seeing other people.

—It can be difficult to focus. Not everyone finds working at home easy and it’s not for everyone. Some people simply need to work outside the home to actually get work done. But if you’re already successfully working at home, congratulations. Chances are you are way more productive at home than at any office where interruptions are much more likely.

So if you’re at a cocktail party and someone asks you what you do, you can either own up to the fact you work at home or not. You know the truth: You work at home. You have a real job. Period.

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