It may feel daunting to ask permission to work from home—so don’t. Instead, prove that it can work, little by little.
I’m my own boss now, but not long ago I worked at a public relations firm in South Florida, where my commute was a routinely awful part of my day. It took about an hour to travel 20 miles. To me, it didn’t make much sense to spend all that time sitting in rush-hour traffic, twice daily, just so I could sit in front of a computer—I have one of those at home. Why couldn’t I just work from there?