Answer these five questions to determine if you're a jerk. Don't worry, it's not too late to change.
1. Your spouse surprises you with a trip to celebrate the end of a large, profitable project. You:
a. Pack a swimsuit and sunscreen and leave as soon as
b. Pack your bags.with files, your laptop and cell phone for a little work away from the office.
c. Turn down the trip because you don't have the time to go away...ever.
2. Your alma mater is sponsoring an internship program and is eager to place interns directly related to your field. You:
a. Thank your college but decline because you don't want to
spend the time training someone who could ultimately save you
b. Participate in the intern program.
3. Your favorite hobby is:
a. One you've enjoyed for years, completely unrelated to
c. Watching television.
4. It's December, your kids are home from school and your business has naturally slowed down. You:
a. Continue working straight through Christmas Eve.
b. Cut back your hours for a few weeks, while still being available to your clients in case they need you.
c. Let your clients know you're spending an uninterrupted week with your family. Anything short of a full-scale client disaster can wait until December 27.
5. Your computer is painfully slow, you're in desperate need of new equipment and you've had a good year. You:
a. Refuse to invest in new equipment, not realizing the time you
b. Consider buying new equipment, make a well-meaning effort to go online and research equipment, but instead use the time to e-mail client prospects.
c. Research computer options and buy what you need.
Brother home office expert Lisa Kanarek advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog Working Naked. She is the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life.