• Motivation and self-discipline – The key things you will need to work from home are self-discipline and the motivation to keep working amid family interruptions. You will need to set aside specific time to work your business. If you are easily distracted and not able to concentrate then working from home may not be the way to go for you.

• Distractions – Your office should be independent of your living area, if not you could be easily distracted by outside influences. Children playing, especially during school holidays, friends phone calls, spouses wanting meals, pets, TV and many other distractions in the home. Be sure to set aside specific time to work your business and don’t be easily distracted by things going on around you.

• Isolation, Loneliness – If you are used to working in a social environment you may find it hard to not have others around you to interact with. This is particularly enhanced with businesses like web promotion and other businesses where there is no contact with the public. If your business involves talking to people this is not such a big issue, but it can be hard on the person who goes from a social working environment to no interaction with others.

• Workaholism – When your work is at home it is very easy to work long hours into the night when you should be spending time with your family. It is also easy to continue working through the weekends. Try to monitor your hours so you spend quality time with your family and enjoy a healthy social life. Balance is the key.

• Others don’t take your work seriously – Although it is becoming more and more popular to work from home, there are still those that don’t accept that anyone working from home is actually working seriously. This can be particular difficult if one of these is your partner, spouse or kids. You need to talk to your family before you start to be sure they are comfortable with you working from your home and accept that it is a serious business you are working on. If they don’t accept this it can lead to problems down the road, so it is important to get them onside from the beginning.

Working from home has many advantages but before starting up you do need to be fully aware of the problems and distractions. If you take these into consideration you are well on your way to a successful home-based business.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Avril Betts, I am originally from England and now a Canadian Citizen, I have over 25 years experience in all aspects of Travel and Tourism, including running an online agency for over 13 years. I holds a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) an internationally recognized accreditation and in 1996 hosted the president’s wives luncheon for the G7 conference.

I have co-chaired Atlantic Canada Showcase an International Travel Trade Show, managed 450 volunteers for the Tall Ships Visit in July 2000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. In 1988 I founded the Country Inn Association in Nova Scotia still going strong today. I have been involved in numerous Travel and Tourism volunteer activities throughout Atlantic Canada and across Canada.

As an experienced speaker I have spoken and presented seminars to large and small audiences for many years on subjects ranging from Marketing and Sales and Life Skills to Tourism, Travel and Real Estate, and operating an online Travel business.

As a recognized tourism expert I am accustomed to working with tourists and passing on my knowledge of the various destinations to help them make the most of their vacations.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or travel inquiries.