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It will not matter at all how much money you’ve socked aside to get started or how supportive your family is, if you can’t motivate yourself, you’re in trouble. Your own self-worth is at risk. Money will not matter if you cannot get yourself on a regular schedule and with a solid routine.

Self-discipline is one of the most important traits to have when attempting to launch at at-home career.

This goes for telecommuters who will work full-time for companies as much as it does would-be entrepreneurs.

Working at home is perfect for some people, but just not right for others. What to do?

Either way, it’s perfectly okay as long as you know where you stand. You can be an excellent mother and work outside the home. For some people, working in the home and trying to parent full-time just doesn’t work out for the benefit of all involved. It all comes down to personality.

To make sure you have what it takes on this front, consider asking yourself these things and answering with frank honesty:

1. Am I motivated?
If you don’t have the motivation and drive to get up in the morning and get to work, an at-home business will be on shaky ground from the start. While half the reward of working at home is to be around more for the family, you will still need to operate with drive to enjoy business success. Just like raising your children, an at-home career will require time, attention and some serious nurturing.

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2. Am I Self-Disciplined?
Working at home is still working. Add in a baby, a toddler or a small child and the job becomes two-in-one for certain. To pull off a business or even to take your full-time job into a telecommuting setting, you’ll have to have discipline. If you’re the type that tends to stray when a boss isn’t looking over your shoulder, leaving the workaday world behind might not be for you. There are ways to overcome this obstacle, but a little self-discipline will be needed first.

3. Can I Stand Not Having The “Adult” Interaction?
Working at home does mean spending a lot of time with little people. Some mothers thrive in both jobs when they keep them separate. The truth is work-at-home moms often lack in communication time with adults. For some, this is no problem to overcome. Others, however, discover that dealing with clients on the phone or via e-mail just isn’t enough adult interaction.

4. Can I set hours and stick with them?
When you own the operation or work as a freelancer, you can set your own hours. Actually doing so can be a very big help in making sure life is balanced out better. Of course, you can knock off early to play with the kids once in a while, but you will need stick-to-itiveness on a more-or-less regular basis.

5. Can I resist temptations?
One of the issues that self-discipline can overcome involves resisting the temptations to do other things beside work during working hours. When no boss is breathing down your neck, it can be all too easy to watch television, play on the computer or even tackle housework instead performing work-related functions. Give in to temptation too often and your venture might not fly.

Working at home sounds fun and rewarding. For many, it is.

Others just find they do not thrive in this setting. Be honest with yourself and you will choose the right path to take. However, don’t give up to soon either, just make sure you kick your own ass, since nobody else will do it!

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