Work-at-Home Businesses Won’t Work for Everyone

Tiffany Buckner has a technology job in McLean. She works from her home, but would rather be at the office. “It’s a more pleasant and comfortable working environment,” she says. Though she works from home on some days, “I think I’ll always be a travel fellow until the end of my life,” says Buckner, “and I like to be in the office.”

Katy Carroll grew up in Chicago but has worked on Wall Street since she graduated from the University of Iowa in 2000. She’s now the editor in chief of Speaking Worth, a D.C.-based financial magazine for women. Her best advice for women who want to work from home? “Being in your office space is an environment that keeps you productive.”

Sarah Solomon runs her startup out of her Rockville house and shared office space with ten other small businesses. “It’s awesome working from home,” says Solomon, a former communications director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. But living in a big, house means “you’re going to be more likely to break down and buy groceries. I get up to run a mile most days.”

Eman Maaiefy, a real-estate agent, started online company Expect Me to describe and find jobs for the disabled. She works in Alexandria. “I’ve come to really enjoy being at home on my own,” she says. Her advice: “Make up your own little rituals to keep you happy and help you keep your work hours on schedule.”

Theresa Stroh of Norfolk’s business, Next Gen Solutions, recently sold $1.8 million in ads in PNC’s print and online magazine and online campaigns. She works at home but doesn’t have a phone and prefers to wear street clothes.

Chris X. Murphy was back from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for a semester and found that she missed the Office Depot team, so she moved to Annapolis to get back to work. She thrives in the 8:30 to 3:30 commuting. “I love the traffic! I’m not getting any easier.” Murphy earns a commuting salary, and she also gains “a greater appreciation for the community that Annapolis has for local businesses.”

When she moved to D.C. last summer, Will Wesley packed up and moved into a D.C. apartment. He’s at home eight days out of the month for work with his company, Providence Equity Partners. “It’s a no-brainer,” he says. “I work from home so I can spend more time with my family.”

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