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vaynah
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This is to all of you full time VH authors/freelancers.

I assume that most of you, if not all, work from home. Could you tell us what are the advantages and disadvantages of working from home rather than from an office.

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happycreative
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I’m not a full time VH author, but I am a freelancer. I think what you are asking could actually become a very long list, but one of the big things for me is that ‘work hours’ gets very blurry when working from home. You work longer hours than you would in an office, but obviously a lot more flexible too and can come and go as you like. But it does ask heaps of discipline and for some it might be difficult to be able to focus and not get distracted when working from home.

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miseld
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I just don’t know what to do, last 30 days i have a lot of customizations and i am at the big intersection. Quit full time job or not. No one can guarantee how much do i have clients, but one is for sure i earn much here on marketplace + customizations then on my full time job. What to do?

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Videomaster
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I just don’t know what to do, last 30 days i have a lot of customizations and i am at the big intersection. Quit full time job or not. No one can guarantee how much do i have clients, but one is for sure i earn much here on marketplace + customizations then on my full time job. What to do?

If you Q your current job you would (probably) have more time to do templates for VH. So,...If your current earnings are 200$ (just some example) per month,... with that “extra” 8 hours time they would go sky high. I hope that you understand me.

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MotionRevolver
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I’ve freelanced full time for over 5 straight years, and I’ve always worked from a home office.

The biggest advantage of working from home is having no overhead or cost to rent an office, pay an extra internet/power bill, etc. You don’t have to put gas in your car or become stressed with a daily commute.

The other big advantage, obviously, is being able to work in your underwear.

Some disadvantages are that I’m almost working constantly. My desk is a matter of steps away, so I typically don’t have an excuse to not work.

I’m not doing VH 100 % of the time yet, but I’m getting close. About 50-60% of my income still comes from freelancing for individual clients, but I hope to make that percentage more like 80/20 in favor of VH by the end of 2011.

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Massfocus
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The other big advantage, obviously, is being able to work in your underwear.

Word.

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DaniMult
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The other big advantage, obviously, is being able to work in your underwear.
To the point, friend :D :D :D
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FluxVFX
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Working from home is pretty awesome but HappyCreative is right, you have to be very disciplined & focused. July will be my one year ‘work-from-home’ anniversary selling templates full-time & freelancing. It was a leap of faith but it had to be done, I was going crazy keeping up with the business and working a full-time job (not to mention being wife & mom).

Miseld, I can understand your frustration and I say GO FOR IT ! Your income will definitely increase with more hours spend making awesome templates.

Definitely set boundaries for yourself if you work from home, I work 6-7 hours a day 4 days a week. My problem isn’t staying away from my computer but staying away from my phone to check email constantly.

I would say a major disadvantage (that did not seem like a big deal at first) of working from home is the lack of human contact throughout the day and a sense of loneliness that can sneak up on you after a while. Make time to get out and enjoy life. Once a week I have a date with design/art/computer magazines & a large coffee at Barnes & Noble- that might sound lame but it’s the little things life that make the difference. :)

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MarkBrodhuber
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To me the pros outweigh the cons, but there are a few cons. Although, since I’ve been able to officially say “I work from home”, I’ve never been happier, Flux is right, it can get lonely. The one nice thing about an office was at any time, I could throw something at a buddy a few cubes down, or walk into the kitchen and start up a small conversation. Where as at home, you find yourself singing as though you we’re in the shower, and talking to your dog about things you read on tech blogs :P. And trust me, dogs don’t care about rumored features that are thought to be arriving in the next version of iOS.

I finally got a nice laptop and spend a few hours, maybe 2 or 3 days out of the week at a Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. What’s nice is eventually the Starbucks people will get to know you, and you get to have the same friendly conversations with them you would have had in an office.

But in terms of the pros, there’s a ton of them. I just love getting under my friends skin. I have a few close buddies that work in Manhattan which is about 40 minutes from my town. But in rush hour traffic, that drive could take upwards of 2 hours. So whenever we’re in a group and they start complaining about commuting, I usually can’t even open my mouth before they start yelling at me for having the “best job in the world”. So can’t really complain at all. Oh yeah and working in your underwear is awesome!

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miseld
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Miseld, I can understand your frustration and I say GO FOR IT ! Your income will definitely increase with more hours spend making awesome templates.

Definitely set boundaries for yourself if you work from home, I work 6-7 hours a day 4 days a week. My problem isn’t staying away from my computer but staying away from my phone to check email constantly.

I would say a major disadvantage (that did not seem like a big deal at first) of working from home is the lack of human contact throughout the day and a sense of loneliness that can sneak up on you after a while. Make time to get out and enjoy life. Once a week I have a date with design/art/computer magazines & a large coffee at Barnes & Noble- that might sound lame but it’s the little things life that make the difference. :)

Your adventage is that you live in normal country :)

What am I get from Envato after 1 year? Security and part of freedom, if i get fired/quit full time job i know that i can earn for living. I have only 1 goal: STABLE MONTHLY INCOME ~1200-1500$ per month

My Big mistake in my life: I was born 1981 and i have computer since 1986. 1992 i started to learn programming and after 2 years i swich to design (that year i get Amiga from my parents and famouse Deluxe paint) If I had stayed to do the programming would probably today earn a lot more on Codecanyon, Activeden or ThemeForest.

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