Working From Home? Eight Amazing Workspaces to Inspire You

With the internet as an integral part of nearly every company's workday, more and more employees are being allowed some work-from-home privileges. Still others run businesses out of their homes. But who says working from home has to be boring? We found a collection of home offices that exemplify creativity and break free of the 'white-walls-and-beige-carpets' mold.

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1. More for Less

This one-walled home office takes a nice approach, with clean white shelves and splashes of earth-toned color. Selective lighting emphasizes various items on the shelving.





2. Forever Commuting?

Tom Foxcroft of England came up with a clever way to extend the life of old railcars from "the Tube" when the London Underground put them out of service. He put them on top of other buildings in East London and rents all but one car to others who run creative-minded start-up businesses.





3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Los Angeles designer Jeremy Levine created this warm space for a client. Many materials throughout the office were built using recycled pieces of the client's old house, which had been demolished. The sliding glass doors open to an "interior pocket courtyard" that features bamboo.




4. A Room With a View

Steve Kelley's home office features a fantastic view and "all the essentials." Overlooking Jersey City, N.J., Kelley's view extends all the way to the New York City skyline on a clear day.





5. Living in a Van, Down by the River Surf

Garrett Lisi lives out of this white Ford van on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Having turned a profit by investing in Apple before its rebound, Lisi was able to move to Maui and pursue independent studies in physics while surfing all the while.





6. Wood, Wood Everywhere

Dave King is the miller at Eskdale Mill in Cumbria, England. With all of the wood and stone in King's office, one would be hard-pressed to find his desk at first glance!





7. The Italian Job

Blogger Alex Roe was invited to spend a week in Chiantishire after offering advice to the owner of Tuscan Enterprises in Tuscany, Italy. This puts "working from home" on a whole new plane!





8. No Man Is an Island...

...at least not with a strong WiFi signal! This "workspace" in Melbourne, Australia, emphasizes the "get out of the office" lifestyle that so many employees struggle to attain. Sometimes, simplicity rules -- here, with just a chair, an upended-trash-can-as-end-table and a small bench.



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Jake Thiewes

Jake Thiewes

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A graduate from the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University, Jake works with partners to bring their content to AOL Jobs. Other focuses include photo/video acquisition from sources around the globe, social media and analytics for the team. In his free time, Jake feeds a voracious motorsports hobby.

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andcustomhomes

Wow. I love this article. What great ideas. It really is imporant to have a nice, designated work space when you are working from home!

I have been working from home for 12 years and love it! Contrary to popular believe, there really are thousands of free, no scam, no mlm work from home, telecommuting jobs out there. The key is knowing where to find them and following two important rules.

First, never pay for a job, they should pay you plain and simple. Second, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Now, where do you find the jobs? There is a wonderful no scam, no fee online job database called the "Legitimate Online JobDirectory" at http://www.LegitimateOnlineJobDirectory.com. I do freelance work for many of the companies listed there.

Another place to find good work from home jobs is flexjobs.com as mentioned above. You can also search the major job sites like Careerbuilder, Simply Hired and Indeed. Just be sure to follow the rules above.

I hope this helps!

August 21 2012 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hasanuzzaman1

Really interesting and helpful.

October 12 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikeemo1

hey ya all who wants to pay me to stay at home and work i am game hook a brotha up will ya haha

July 18 2011 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah Montgomery

I love working at home. Companies are hiring people to work at home at entry and professional levels to cut costs. The website BestTopJobs has a FREE list of work at home jobs offered by real employers. Hope this helps!

July 17 2011 at 4:26 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
rosasturtles1

l work out of my livingroom and bedroom.....getting all my work done while relaxing on my sofa and my laptop and pen and paper .... i love it......no children makes it better....

July 17 2011 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rosasturtles1's comment
JOY

who do u work for & what do u do?

July 18 2011 at 12:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
voyagerdjc248

Absolutely loved these pictures, especially Wood, Wood, Everywhere, and The Italian Job. Grand ideas.

July 17 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah Montgomery

I love working at home. Companies are hiring people to work at home at entry and professional levels to cut costs. The website BestTopJobs has a FREE list of work at home jobs offered by real employers. Hope this helps!

July 17 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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JJ

You,.Sarah, ARE a Moron..Thank You

July 17 2011 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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