You can’t fax a haircut or email an acupuncture treatment. Some jobs simply require face-to-face interaction. Think about the way you spend your days at work. How often do you meet in person with clients or colleagues? Could you
handle some of these meetings by phone or email? Is it possible for you to restrict your meetings to certain days of the week, so that you could work from home on the other days? The more you can contain the in-person requirements of your job, the easier it will be for you to work from home.
You’ll also need to think about the time sensitivity of your work and whether it lends itself to scheduling. For example, if you’re a food critic for a newspaper, you could schedule your visits to restaurants on the days and at the times most convenient for you. But if you’re a crime reporter for the same newspaper, you might need to be available at a moment’s notice to rush to the scene of a crime and interview witnesses.