Though I love many things about working from home, there are some drawbacks.

I don’t get the friendly interaction with co-workers, casual lunch breaks, and water cooler chatter that others get in a traditional office job.

Coffee shops are a nice alternative. But with Franklin still in puppy mode, it’s hard to keep him crated for a long time. Plus, he’s already going to puppy day care twice a week during my intense consulting or appointment filled days.

And though co-working spaces are a popular option for entrepreneurs and freelancers, I’ve never wanted to spend that much time commuting or paying for separate office space.

So recently my friend Kim and I came up with a new work from home alternative: home-working.

Going forward, each Tuesday we have a standing appointment to work together from one of our homes. For the time being, we plan to work from my place for the most part as Franklin gains longer bladder control and stops attempting to destroy our rug. Jack, Kim’s pup, may also start home-working with us as well in the future.

This home-working arrangement provides us the chance to chit-chat, run business situations by one another, and go out to lunch together (like our husbands do with their co-workers).

It was amazing to see how productive, yet relaxed we were working alongside one another. Having a home-worker friend has proved to be the perfect way to break up a week spent mostly alone in front of a computer or on a phone.

And the best part? It’s free.

No coffee shop snacks or co-working passes to pay for. If we feel like eating out, that’s our big splurge for the day.

Though I personally am partial to the one-on-one home-working scenario, other entrepreneurs could even decide to invite a group of people to their homes and rotate on a weekly basis. The options are really endless when you think about it.

It’s nice to discover “working from home” doesn’t have to be a solo activity.


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  1. This is an awesome idea! I always thought it would get lonely to work at home alone – problem solved.

    1. Jess Lively

      So true. You could probably do it with a day job too- if you got a work from home day.

  2. Ali Cat

    Wonderful idea. I only know one person who works from home and lives anywhere near me but I may just run this by her.

  3. what a neat idea! I can see how it would get kinda lonely 🙂 do you still have a scholarship spot in Austin?

    1. Jess Lively

      Yes, Jen will be selecting the scholarship spot in May.

      (However, there is only one spot left for Business with Intention in Austin, so if you are not selected, there may not be another paid spot left attend.)

  4. What a great idea! This is one of my biggest worries about making the jump to self-employment. There’s something about having other people around you.

    1. Jess Lively

      Glad this is able to help cure that!

    1. Jess Lively

      Definitely! Finding the right home-worker is important, I agree.

  5. Mikey C

    I’ll move into the spare bedroom and work from home with you every day. My future puppy Jack and Franklin will be BFF.

    1. Jess Lively

      Very nice. We’ll take it. When can you move?

    1. Jess Lively

      I hope it works if you try it out! Maybe with Sophie one day?

  6. Erika

    Genius! I can imagine you guys must love that…and once a week is perfect.

  7. Hey Jess! I’ve been a big fan of your blog but don’t get the chance to comment often. But this post made me laugh because I’m actually in the middle of trying to find a group of telecommuters/co-workers. I don’t personally know any that live near me. It stinks! I feel so bi-polar about working at home. I hope your arrangement works out — even better that you can incorporate the pups!

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, thanks for checking in and letting me know you liked this post!

      I hope you find some home-working friends in the future. Telecommuters is a great idea, too!

      1. One interesting way I found to connect with other telecommuters/home-working individuals is on meetup.com. You should look in your area and see if theres a group in existence. You might find some good people and new connections!

  8. Kate Z

    I love this idea! Jack and I do work so much better if we’re BOTH working at home, both on UJC things, preferably both at the same table. We’re not ready to make the leap to separate studio space, but too often for the sake of spreading out we end up, distractable, in different rooms/locations.

  9. What an innovative idea.
    I work from home a few days a week, and can see myself being much more productive in a home-working arrangement a few days a week when I go to full time working from home. Love it!

  10. Ana

    I love this idea! I just finished university recently and since then have been spending lots of time job searching (which can feel like a job of its own sometimes!) and working on some other personal projects, and I’d love to spend at least part of this time working alongside and exchanging ideas with someone else.

    We also got a new puppy this weekend, so now I can relate more than ever to what you are talking about!

    Hope you’re having a great week!

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