With no commute, unlimited tea breaks and no need to look smart, it sounds like a dream job.
But working from home can be more exhausting than going to the office, according to a study.
And while technology has made it easier than ever to work remotely, those who get stressed in an office simply get more stressed if they work from home.
Professor Tim Golden from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York studied more than 300 workers at a big computer company, including those who were based in the office and those who spent some or all of their time working from home.
The workers were asked to rate their levels of family conflict and their work-life balance.
As many as four in five reported feeling stressed about not being able to achieve the perfect work-life balance – and working from home only made this worse.
The report said: ‘The more work and family demands conflicted, the more people suffered from exhaustion.
'Those with already high levels of work-family conflicts suffered higher exhaustion when they spent extensive time working from home.’
While teleworking is meant to reduce the problems associated with spending long hours away from family, sometimes being able to get out of the house lets the worker recharge their batteries, the researchers concluded.
But office workers who do not find that their work and life balance stresses them out, benefit from working from home.
The study added: 'Individuals adopt telework as a means to enhance their quality of life and reduce exhaustion.
'But those with low levels of conflict between work and family seem able to benefit more from telework than are those individuals who have high levels of conflict between their work and home.'