Let me tell you a secret: It is my dream to work from home. It has always been my dream to be a housewife, but I have a daughter to support, so it is my dream to be able to support her from my home, while I cook and mend clothes and garden and so forth. Not to say I want to hang out at home being lazy forever; I'm working on my education so that someday I can be a teacher, perhaps even an adjunct or, the Holy Grail of academia, a professor. It's just that in the meantime, I need to pay for groceries, and if I'm working I have to pay for childcare. And I'd prefer not to be behind the counter of a gas station while my daughter rots in an in-home daycare.
So my dream is to support us from home. And I don't think it's a pipe dream, either. Currently, from the Adsense on my blogs (I have ten or so), I make about $100 a month. It's not a lot, but it helps cut down the hours I have to work to make ends meet.
Now, I have childcare while I'm in school covered, and I have rent and utilities taken care of. My only expenses each month are:
Cell phone/ Internet: $80
School payments: $100
I could get by on $430 a month, or $15 a day. If I quadrupled my earnings from my blogs, I wouldn't have to work outside the home.
So is working from home a dream? Yes. Is it a pipe dream? No. Definitely not. It's something I'm working on, and a goal I hope to achieve.