From the home office in Burlington County, New Jersey, I give you my top 5 rules for home business success. They are in no particular order and have been created through an arbitrary process of my own devising and if you don't like them take them up with my boss, who also happens to be my wife.
No kids -- I don't care who you are or what you do, you aren't going to get any work done as long as there are off-spring roaming your house. Heck, it's even tough to be productive with a dog or cat. Send them to daycare or have a relative come to your home to watch over your bundle or bundles of joy.
Hygeine -- One of the great freedoms of working from home is that you don't have to dress up in fancy work clothes. Nonetheless, you must resist the temptation to work all day in your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers.