I wrote this 10 years ago and I still work from home (albeit now with a Glasgow office and a membership to a private club for meetings as well). I still feel the same about employers’ and their focus on having employees sit at a desk all day long – presenteeism over productivity is not the way to get the most from your team – and I still love Dilbert.

DILBERT is my hero. Well, one of them, alongside Ally McCoist and Dr Green from ER. I would love to be as witty, perceptive and cleverly satirical as the little cartoon character who epitomises life in business. I won’t tell you what I would love about the other two!

To be perfectly honest though, the only thing I have in common with Dilbert and his comic sketches is the fact that his creator – American cartoonist Scott Adams – and I both work from home. We’re part of that growing band of entrepreneurs which has decided to eschew the normal way of working life and do it our own way.

He enjoys life in California while home for me is in sunny Renfrewshire, but we share the freedom of home office working. We share the luxury of rolling out of bed and making that all-important telephone call while still clad in our Little Miss Naughty PJs (well, maybe not the same PJs). We share the luxury of choosing our hours of work, and our place of work – home office, bedroom, kitchen, even the garden although I imagine Mr Adams enjoys that more often than I do.

Who needs to fight for a spacious corner office with views of the city when you can walk into your garden, plug in your laptop, enjoy the countryside view and communicate with the world at your own pace? Why battle your way through the white-knuckle rush hour traffic, arriving at work feeling even more stressed than when you left it they day before?  Why endure the infighting, backbiting and inter-office politics (usually caused by moody pre-menstrual women), when you can choose whom you want to speak to and when? And why oh why try to learn the beaurocracy and hierarchical rules of your employer’s business when the only rule required for working from home is to do what you like, when you like, as long as the job is done to the best of your ability and the satisfaction of your client?

It was Dilbert creator Adams’ experiences working in the bowels of a multi-storey office block, huddled over a PC in just one of thousands of identical cubes that inspired him to create Dilbert and his scarily-accurate office observations.

He says now that his job wasn’t that bad except that “every day I went to that cubicle a little bit of my life force was sucked out of my body.”  How many of you reading this column today know exactly how he feels? And how many of you would actually admit to that?

Working for yourself from home sounds idyllic but it does have its disadvantages, I must admit. Loneliness is one. As is missing out on the latest office gossip about the CEO and that slapper from marketing. I also miss having a colleague who will have a quick and honest scan over your latest revision of the wordy communications strategy for your most annoying client.

But the worst disadvantage is probably lack of self-discipline, the same self-discipline challenges that face all SOHO workers. The latest trend for “duvet days” as business perks becomes enormously difficult to resist when the duvet calls from just a few rooms away. And speaking as someone who totally abhors ironing, I do confess to slaving away at the ironing board rather than sitting down to tackle a particularly challenging task.

Even Scott Adams struggles to work when he’d much rather be planting tomatoes in his backyard or shooting a few hoops on his basketball court.

However, I’ve discovered a new Dutch designer whose high-tech creations put more “home” into the home office than ever before. What about a laptop that doubles as a throw pillow?  Or a double bed embedded with his-and-hers computers, with pillows that double as speakers.

Hella Jongerius’ soft laptop – encased in gel and covered with rubber, fur and felt! – were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York recently as part of the “Workspheres” show, which examined the balance between work and life and the potential of design to revolutionise the work environment.

Balance is important. Whether we work in a conventional office or from our homes, we are all becoming more aware of the value of free time and time spent with our families. And I reckon if designs like these can become the norm, then the Dilbert life style and work ethic will soon become extinct – employers beware.