Category Archives: Home Office

Home office tips and tools to make working at home easier.

Creative Ways to Cut Monthly Business Costs

If you ask a small business what’s one of the most difficult operational tasks needed to be dealt with, staying on budget with monthly expenses will likely be a top contender, especially in these challenging economic times. And chances are your business faces the same obstacle every month.

It seems every time you turn around, there is another expense, a delay in payment, or some other circumstance that has a negative effect on your cash flow. So instead of putting a little something away for an even rainier day, you find yourself sweating it out until it’s time to flip to the next page of the monthly calendar for a fresh influx of cash.

If you want to make the money and the month line up better, you may need to rethink some of your business assumptions – including what constitutes a must-have expense. Following are a few ideas that can help improve your overall cash flow. >>Continue reading Creative Ways to Cut Monthly Business Costs

We Love the 80s – But Not Their Fax Machines

Big hair. Padded shoulders. Faxing. All things that were popular in the 1980s that today make us wonder what we were thinking. Right?

Not quite. While the first two may have been tossed on the scrap heap of bad ideas, faxing remains a vital part of the business world. Despite the widespread popularity of that ’90s invention – email – faxing is still used on a daily basis to send documents quickly and securely.

One thing that has changed, however, is the way faxes are sent and received. While a fax machine was essentially the only choice back in the ’80s, today more users are choosing an Internet fax service.

Internet fax services are far more suited to the way business is conducted in the new millennium. Following are some examples of the things an Internet fax service can do that a fax machine can’t. >>Continue reading We Love the 80s - But Not Their Fax Machines

What’s in a Phone Number?

by Kevin Baker
Choosing the right name for your small business can have a huge impact on its success. But what about your business phone number? Does it really matter what number you have, as long as it’s printed correctly on your business cards, product literature, Web site, emails and other materials? Actually, it does. >>Continue reading What's in a Phone Number?

100 Free Printable Fax Coversheets

I love free stuff. And I love not having to use the bulky old fax machine. Check out these offers from MyFax . . . >>Continue reading 100 Free Printable Fax Coversheets

Business Communications a’la MacGyver

Business communications expert, Steve Adams, sent over a list of of ways to “MacGyver” your business seed money to make it go a little further. I was such a Richard Dean Anderson fan that I couldn’t help but share this article . . . >>Continue reading Business Communications a’la MacGyver

Promotional Fun With Logo Decals

Not too long ago I started taking this blog a bit more seriously, at least I’ve been trying to. I’d even commissioned someone to design a one-of-a-kind logo for me. He sent me hand-drawn sketches full of ideas and I fell in love with the little house sitting on top of the world to represent Telecommuting Journal (thanks, David).

I don’t spend a lot of time promoting or marketing… >>Continue reading Promotional Fun With Logo Decals

Her Husband Needs a Job

Meet Robin…
Frustrated with the job market and wanting to help her husband, who had earned his MBA from Georgetown University, Robin decided to set up a website to creatively draw attention to his credentials. >>Continue reading Her Husband Needs a Job

Logos & Headers & Fonts, Oh My

I could really use some feedback. I’m playing around with new logos, fonts, and header images. This new header image – the one up there above where you’re reading now, with my house sketched on top of the world, also sketched (not by me but by someone with real talent for drawing and sketching), the crazy fonts for the text, and those brand new image squares on the right… >>Continue reading Logos & Headers & Fonts, Oh My

Free BizCards & A Special Offer

A while ago I was contacted by Ely Fall, the Business Development Manager over at Bizcard.com, with the idea that he’d like to give all of my readers 250 free business cards. Sounds good, right?! Well, already been through that process once before over at… >>Continue reading Free BizCards & A Special Offer

Do You Own a Laptop?

I’m on vacation this week – physically. Fortunately for me (or unfortunately if your glass happens to be half empty), that doesn’t mean I’m cut off from work. I like my work, so I take it with me.

I load any of my current project files onto a jump drive, toss my laptop in my laptop bag, grab my little laptob lap desk pillow thingy and I’m ready to… >>Continue reading Do You Own a Laptop?

Telecommuting Resume Advice

Sometimes I get asked about whether or not I keep up a resume and whether or not anyone looking for a telecommuting job should. So I figured I’d take time to answer that question today. Then I found an article that already does just that (and from an expert in the topic of resumes, no less).

So for starters I’ll tell you that no, I personally do not keep… >>Continue reading Telecommuting Resume Advice

HELP: I’m Updating My Cell Phone

I need some advice and I’m hoping some of you can help me out… I’ve been looking at BlackBerry phones and other phones with QWERTY Keyboards but between the “Hot Deals,” the “Best Sellers,” and the user and expert reviews, I’ve managed to simply confuse myself and work up a whopper of a headache.

So here’s the skinny. I’ve carried a cell phone for years but it’s never been… >>Continue reading HELP: I'm Updating My Cell Phone