I have worked at home as a freelancer, contractor, and online retailer (currently freelancer and online retailer). One of the most significant things I have noticed regarding interruptions is how many people act as though I “don’t work” because I work at home. Even though this is quite firmly discussed. I still get mid day calls that I need to ignore and invitations to long lunches, surprised faces when I discuss needing to work (“oh! What are you doing?!”)
The statistics regarding profit is interesting. That’s a remarkably high percentage below poverty levels still. I’m not surprised though. It takes many years to build up enough work to make some kind of living wage. I am not there yet either, and went a diversification route that I’m not sure was the best choice.
Anyway, interesting article and thanks for posting those stats!