Home Advertise Contact Blog Advertiser Login High-Yield Investments
Newsletter Signup

Business Opportunities

Home-Based Businesses
Choosing a Business Opportunity Growth and Profit Marketing and Sales
Plans and Goals Running Your Own Business Start-Up
Working From Home Entrepreneur Exchange Feature Articles
Opportunity Community Opportunity Focus In The News

Drug-free Work Program - Drug, alcohol abuse, and addiction is growing more and more common as the years go by, yet I still see more businesses and companies that do not enforce strict drug rules than companies that do.

Drug-free Work Program - This is silly to me, especially since employed...

Buy Business Opportunity Franchise - Owning a business is as popular as every in the U.S. Thousands buy a business or Business Opportunity or Franchise each year. Will you be one of them?

Buy Business Opportunity Franchise - Here is a look at who is currently buying new businesses, the hottest...

Expanding Opportunity Services - It has always been our mission to provide the best customer service possible and have recently added no cost training and coaching sessions for all active advertisers. Now, we are going a step further to address the one major problem faced by opportunity owners–lack...


Paid2Save Click or Call Bill Toth (716) 345-1888
If you could Travel more, Have Fun, and get Paid doing it, would you want to know more about it?
Molecule Minions Team
Need To Fill Positions Fastest Growing, All Inbound Call, Direct To Consumer Distribution Team In The USA! 217-718-4744
Be A Distributor
Small Business
Resource Center > Article
Working from Home May Mean You've Got to Work for Yourself
Share this Article:

If you’re looking for assurance that you can work from home and have some semblance of control over your day-to-day schedule as well as your financial future, owning your own home-based business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or small franchise just may be the way to go. That’s especially true now that the whole modern day paradigm of working from home has once again been challenged, creating tons of controversy.

marissa mayer ceo yahooIt all started mid-last month when an internal memo from Yahoo’s relatively new CEO, Marissa Mayer, to her employees quickly became public and ignited a firestorm of debate, one that literally blew up the blogosphere and had everyone talking around the water cooler. In it she stated that Yahoo employees will no longer have the option to work from home as of June 1, but rather will need to report every day to a Yahoo office if they want to keep their jobs.

Outrage over the decision, especially by those individuals and groups who hold themselves up as true workplace-family-friendliness advocates, was swift and loud. The derisive nature of their comments was even more justified, they said, given that Mayer is a mother herself. In fact, she did just have a son in October and only took two weeks off for maternity leave thereafter.

Got to hand it to her, it’s not like the woman isn’t practicing what she preaches. But, does that make her decision any more or less sound?

It’s no secret that Yahoo has been struggling for some time to regain its footing as an internet industry leader and that it’s a bit low on the innovation front right about now, something Mayer was hired to fix. Insiders are saying that much of the company’s problem is that it has become rudderless, with a work-at-home policy that is too loose and ranks fairly low on the accountability scale.

In her memo, Mayer states that this new approach, which disallows employees from working at home, actually will facilitate “communication and collaboration.” It is only in “working side-by-side” that the real work of rebuilding Yahoo can begin, she asserts, so it is “critical that we are all present in our offices.” Furthermore, she claims that “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”

Analysts who have examined the work-at-home issue say she might just have a point, somewhere in there anyway. All that workplace togetherness can make for enhanced collaboration, which can in turn foster greater innovation. However, there may be a price to be paid when it comes to productivity as well as a whole host of other factors. And as for the idea that working from home promotes its own brand of lazy? That doesn’t seem to hold up either, at least not in most cases.

According to a recent University of Texas at Austin study, folks who are working from home are not slackers, far from it in fact. Telecommuting actually equates to more working hours, not less, as time that would otherwise be spent in transit becomes more productive and technological advancement allows for the integration of work and an employee’s personal life, oftentimes to their detriment. Moreover, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has this to say: “Where the impact of telecommuting has been empirically evaluated, it seems to boost productivity, decrease absenteeism and increase retention.”

The bottom line? Workers value control pretty much over anything else when it comes to taking a job or staying in one. In a survey released last month by careerbuilder.com, a flexible schedule ranked number one at 59% among the most-wanted office perks by workers.

yahoo logoResponding to all the criticism this latest move has stirred up, Yahoo had this to say in a statement last week: “This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home—this is about what is right for Yahoo, right now.” That kind of language leaves the door open for sure, meaning this latest move may only be a temporary measure to allow Mayer to identify the members of the Yahoo team who should stay and who should go. Then it may be time to reevaluate her company’s position on the issue.

If and when she does, Yahoo may not only become a technological force to be reckoned with once again, but a rejuvenated work-at-home standard bearer for others to emulate, all of which would be a smart move.

“If you provide the right technology to keep in touch, maintain regular communication and get the right balance between remote and office working,” said Virgin Group’s Chairman and Founder Richard Branson, weighing in on Yahoo’s controversial decision on his blog last week, “people will be motivated to work responsibly, quickly and with high quality. Working life isn't 9 to 5 anymore. The world is connected. Companies that do not embrace this are missing a trick.”

What do you think about Yahoo’s new policy on NOT working from home? Are you more productive when you work from home or less? Is having a home office a plus or a distraction? Do you allow your own employees to work from home? Why or why not? We’d like you to weigh in on the debate…


Live On Your Own Terms
Related Blog Posts
Entrepreneurs, Mompreneurs, Daughterpreneurs, Dadpreneurs, Sonpreneurs, in many cases, working-from-home can create the best of both worlds. You can work at home and be with your family at the same time. Sometimes you can mix these two elements of your life so seamlessly that you often don’t know if...
Live On Your Own Terms
Working from home is easier said than done, I know from personal experience. How about you? Do you want the freedom of running your own business from home? Are you wondering how to bridge the profitably gap?  Do you need money to pay the bills until it gets profitable? This conundrum stops many entrepreneur-wannabes...
Live On Your Own Terms
Whatever the decade, family bills have always been a source of stress. Women have added their efforts to add to the family income while caring for children and the home. That’s still a fact today. But the opportunities available and the...
Live On Your Own Terms
Home-Based Franchises - A full third of the companies on Entrepreneur Magazine’s popular Franchise 500 list for 2014 were home-based. It shows how strong is the lure of escaping the cubicle and working from the kitchen table or coffee shop. There is a wide range to choose from in the home-based
Live On Your Own Terms
17 Jun 15 Posted by: admin
in Working From Home Opportunities
Ever thought of working from home and breaking free of the office, the commute, the spilled coffee, angry drivers and make your own schedule?  Major changes have come to how Americans work. Consider these statistics:
  • Over three million now telecommute, up 79% between 2005 and 2012
  • 10%...
Live On Your Own Terms
Featured Listings
Be Your Own Boss

The Billion Dollar Salesman -Serving the World for 28 Years! I’ve truly lived a blessed life and I have also been fortunate to have many mentors that provided me with guidance and motivation. As a result of learning how to do things the right way the companies that I’ve owned have generated just...

Read More

Opportunity Video Spotlight

If you could Travel more, Have Fun, and get Paid doing it, would you want to know more about it?

Premium Sponsor