Hi, I’m Lisa Kanarek, founder of WorkingNaked.com. I left the corporate world over 20 years ago and have been working from home commute-free, boss-free and annoying-co-worker-free ever since. For the first five years I didn’t let anyone know that I worked from home because I wanted to seem professional and definitely not the small, one-person business that I was. Then my first book was published and my cover was blown. Like a crazed infomercial pitch person, I shared the joys, challenges and benefits of working from home to anyone who would listen. And I haven’t stopped.
A Home Office IS a Real Office
Throughout the years of talking and writing about working from home, I’ve seen a shift in how others perceive a home office vs. a corporate office. Instead of asking me when I’m going to get a “real” office, people constantly tell me they wish they could work from home. They’re tired of the corporate politics, the in-office fighting and the long commute, among other things. They want to spend more time with their family and are eager to create some type of balance. The idea of not having to dress up every day (hello, yoga pants) is another benefit I hear often.
What Does Working Naked® Really Mean?
Working Naked® means different things to different people. For some, it means being left naked: stripped of any support available in a corporate job, including an administrative assistant, technical staff and co-workers to help brainstorm and deal with issues.
For others, it’s about working (almost) literally naked. When I ask friends, neighbors and people who come to my seminars about their work-from-home habits, several of them tell me that they work in their pajamas, undies or “almost naked.” They explain that they get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, check e-mails, and then two hours later, they’re still sitting at their desk working. Some people exercise before they get to their home office and then spend the rest of the day in their workout clothes. Still other people say that they dress the same way they did when they worked in a corporate office because it helps them feel more professional.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re working in your birthday suit, fluffy pajamas, or a perfectly tailored suit. When you work from home you have the freedom to set your own schedule, dress anyway you want, and work on your own terms.
What You’ll Get From Working Naked®
Whether you’ve worked from home for years or you want to work from home and don’t know where to start, you’re on the right site. On Working Naked® you’ll learn proven techniques to improve the way you work from home, including productivity tips, ways to save money, tips for improving your website, home office design tips, how-to videos, useful product reviews, and more.
As you learn about new home office products on the Bare Essentials page, check out photos of beautiful and functional home offices on the All Dressed Up page, and enjoy other blog posts on this site. Feel free to comment, give suggestions, and join the Working Naked community.
To your work-from-home success!
Lisa Kanarek is one of the nation’s leading home office experts and the author of five books, including Organize Your Home Office for Success and Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life. She has been featured—as an author and in interviews—in hundreds of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek and Entrepreneur, and has shared her expertise on several national programs, including Good Morning America, CNN Financial News, and CNBC, among others.
As one of only a few home office experts who is also an interior designer, Lisa combines her organization and design skills to create hard-working, productive home offices around the country.
Lisa is also the founder of HomeOfficeLife, a consulting firm that advises home-based business owners on all aspects of working from home including home office set up, function, productivity and technology, and is founder of this blog. She provides training programs to corporations with employees who currently work from home or are transitioning from a corporate office to a home office.