You can save a lot of time not commuting to and from the office. By missing the traffic jams first thing in the morning and last thing at night you will be able to spend a lot more time with your children when it matters.

Working from home is definitely more cost effective. You save money on parking & fuel bills as well as having the luxury of rustling up a quick snack in your own kitchen. Forget about buying expensive tasteless sandwiches. Why not take the opportunity to learn some basic cooking skills and start eating well and feeding nutritious food to the children? If you have a headset you can still make & answer important business calls whilst cooking some delicious food.

Make sure that you have a decent dishwasher though. It is amazing how much mess you can make when cooking! Another idea is to get used to emptying the dish washer as soon as the washing cycle is finished. This means that you will always have a place to throw the dirty pots and pans in. Do not wait until it is absolutely full before you start the machine otherwise you will end up with dirty dishes in the sink.

So you have finally decided that you are fed up of boring office meetings that seem to last forever and a boss that does not appreciate you, but how do you find the right opportunity to get started?

The best way to find out new ideas is to talk to other people who are already successful working from home. They can give you hints and tips on how to get started.

There are also many websites that specialise in this field. Why not subscribe to a few of them? They will be more than happy to fill up your mail box with some good ideas and a lot that are just rubbish.

Weed out the ones that sound plausible and then start your research. Remember the reasons why you decided to work from home in the first place. Do not go for ideas based on profitability alone. Choose something that you will enjoy doing because if your work is also interesting you are much more likely to stick with it when the going gets tough.

Speak to people you know that are already in business and ask them what they think of your ideas. Find out if anybody in your area has already tried this idea out and check how they are faring.

Just before you commit or hand any money over, speak to an accountant with the few remaining ideas and you should be able to narrow the list down even further.

But be careful though; working from home means that you spend a lot of time close to your family. This could lead to many more demands for lifts, shopping expeditions and the like.