One of the common (supposed) benefits of venturing out on your own in a web-centered career is the ability to work from home. Yes, you can remain in your pajamas, un-showered, all day long. And nobody even knows or cares. More importantly, there’s a potential financial benefit; not only do you save office rent, but you can more legitimately write-off a portion of your rent/mortgage.

However, at the advice of others I trust, in combination with my own personal experience, I’m not going to be working from home. Tim has it listed as one of the 13 mistakes made by the New Rich:

Separate your environments– designate a single space for work and solely work– or you will never be able to escape it. ( FHWW, pg. 280 )

Fortunately I have an awesome mentor, Chris Conley, who is giving me a little space to drop my laptop each day at his design firm Gravity Tank. Part of my workday will be spent building up one of my main “muses” that Chris is directly involved with. It’s a project we worked on during my last year in grad school.

If you don’t have a Chris, consider setting up shop at your local Starbucks, or look into coworking. If you do end up going the work-at-home route, I can only suggest you set some firm boundaries on both space and time (with some exceptions ). Inside those boundaries, get the criticals done and get out. Outside of those boundaries, be a spouse, friend, and/or parent. Don’t lose one of the best benefits of having no boss by letting work intrude on your personal space and time.