a job has come up that would involve working from home, the job itself is great but I like the contact with colleagues in the office at work - and otherwise would be at home every day of the week (I work 3 days, 2 days sahm)
just wonder how motivating I would find it, would I be lonely/bored etc
It depends on the individual, so I can only give my observations from my own pov after working at home for 5 years:
You need to be able to motivate yourself and not accidently find you've spent 3 hours on MN/ watching tv/making a snack/just hanging up that last bit of washing
You need to be the kind of person that doesn't mind not having contact with people face to face. Personally, I missed the team environment & the banter desperately but I did have people I worked with regularly on jobs around the country so that helped. It can be lonely and isolating but depending on your job/company you may be able to deal with this effectively
You need to be strict about working time and realistic about what you can achieve in a working day
Make sure other people are realistic about what you can do - you're working, it just happens to be in the home. I found sometimes it was assumed I would do additional house work stuff because I happened to be at home (which you can do sometimes) and I often had to remind DH that I was actually working
On the plus side you can go to work in your dressing gown and ski socks in the winter
I love it, but that's because it suits my personality. So long as I have adult, social time (usually with DH, but hey-ho!) in the evenings then I'm fine. If DH is travelling on business then I have friends/family. Weekends are usually filled with friends/family so I never get lonely during the working week.
I hated office politics and love the fact that I am more productive at home and can hang out the washing and put on a slow cook meal for dinner later at odd moments .
Love it. Don't think I could actually go back to getting up at 6am and dashing out, all that travelling - and then the nightmare journey home. You can sit and work in your dressing gown, put the washing on/hang it out. It's great, no problem motivating myself - just know what I have to do each day. I'm a bad sleeper and can also work late at night if I want/need to.
Previous job I was employed by a company and worked from home, while most of them were in the office. My colleagues/boss had a tendency to assume that as I was at home I wouldn't mind continuing to work on my lunch break, or work later (seeing as I had no commute). Also, because they couldn't see me working they also tended to assume I had nothing to do and keep throwing extra work at me, despite me telling them that I was actually quite busy. Though not being a people person, I quite enjoyed being on my own.
Concentration is really hard though. You wouldn't think it'd be easier to concentrate in a busy office, but it really is. Plus your motivation does tend to go out the window.
I did discover that a really strict routine helped most, and little things like making sure there was a transition from not-at-work, to at-work.