A key factor in balancing home and work life for a telecommuter is having a home office. While the ideal might look like a floor to ceiling windowed room with ample light flooding onto an image akin to a home decorating magazine. For others it might look like a rich mahogany desk with matching built-in bookshelves, and a Great Dane regally poised beside the rustic fireplace.
Working at home is great, and it has lots of perks. But some of those perks can easily become hazardous. Being able to eat lunch at home is a cost-saving perk. You don’t have to bring your lunch to work, and you don’t have to spend money on expensive lunches out. But being in close proximity to your kitchen pantry and the refrigerator can present a real struggle for the work at homer, too. >>Continue reading Working (and Eating) at Home
Today’s technology makes it easier and cheaper than ever to set up a fully functional telecommuting employee especially with widely available Hosted PBX Services and VoIP telephone systems. When you examine all of the reasons to have your employees telecommute, the remaining questions are no longer “Should we telecommute?” The questions become: “Who in our organization can telecommute?” and “How quickly can we implement telecommuting and start enjoying the benefits?”… >>Continue reading 7 Reasons to Promote Your Company by Telecommuting
Do you have rituals for success in your life and business? Many of us who work at home began the journey looking for a better work-life balance, but it’s a constant endeavor that requires focus and discipline. Is the balancing act easy? Does it always work out perfectly? Of course not! Kids get sick, dishwashers break and laptops blow up!
Joy Chudacoff, publisher of the weekly ezine, Reflections On Life and Business for Women Entrepreneurs, shares the 7 rituals she uses to help her stay on course and honor what she values most. >>Continue reading Smart Women Have Rituals for Success
A personal PR firm is seeking skilled, detailed writers experienced in writing web copy. This is a remote contract position with flexible hours. We utilize our team of writers on an ongoing basis so this is not a one-time project. As a writer, you will create original content for professional biographies. Client base includes executives, professionals, and businesses. The ideal candidate will consistently write content with the following elements in mind: solid organization and good flow, clear language and word choice, professional tone, high quality of content, right length, correct spelling, punctuation, and syntax. >>Continue reading Biography Writer Wanted (via CraigsList)
Despite Economic Challenges, the Trends of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Make Them Viable
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WARREN, Mich., Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Despite the economic challenges of the last few years, 68 percent of Best and Brightest Companies to Work For applicants still managed to increase their employee base compensation in 2010, according to Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of the National Association for Business Resources (NABR), the organization that sponsors the annual competition in several… >>Continue reading Despite Economic Challenges, the Trends of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Make Them Viable
If you’ve ever priced office furniture, you know just how expensive some of those uber-cool desks, bookshelves, file cabinets, and chairs can be. If you’re thinking about telecommuting, defining your work-at-home space is essential. Creating a home office space, or upgrading your current work space, can cost a pretty penny. But guess what, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your space functional and aesthetically pleasing.
In most cases, you’ll be spending quite a bit of money on hardware, software, and other work necessities. So remember, your home office workspace is all about your own productivity and comfort. Unless you’re an event planner or a photographer with a home office, your space probably won’t need to serve as a showcase business front and you’re probably not going to be sharing your space with too many people. Your home office is one place that can really be all about YOU and YOUR tastes.
My own home work space has gone through several evolutions over the past 14 years and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. So today I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned. Here are some creative ideas for making your home office space your own on a shoestring budget! >>Continue reading Creating a Home Office On a Shoestring Budget
by Lori Radun
Your boss calls you in his office today and hands you a $2,500.00 bonus check because the company had a good year. Are you thankful?
You go in for your 20 week ultrasound. As you watch your growing baby on the screen, the doctor informs you that everything looks great. Your baby boy is healthy. Are you thankful?
Your husband comes home with a dozen roses. He remembered your anniversary! Are you thankful?
Of course you are. It’s easy to be thankful when everything is going great. When we’re on top of the mountain, and we’re having a beautiful day and our blessings are easy to see, we are thankful. And we should be. >>Continue reading Seeing Life through Gratitude Glasses
I am really excited about something we’re doing this year on Thanksgiving Day and thought I’d share it here. No, it’s not eating turkey and pumpkin pie – though I am really looking forward to that, too. For the first time since we created it back in 2003, we’re about to crack open our blessing box and read through eight or so years worth of thankful thoughts. >>Continue reading Thankful Thoughts
by Jill Black
“If you can imagine it, You can achieve it, If you can dream it, You can become it.” -William Arthur Ward
Setting goals gives a target to aim for and provides focus for where you going and how you intend to get there. When it comes to building a life the average person spends more time planning their annual vacation than they do in planning their… >>Continue reading Goals - Your Roadmap to the Future
Rich as it is, the relationship between personal and professional life can be rocky and maintaining the work life balance is often a tricky issue. I experienced this recently when, within a few weeks of declaring some audacious goals for my business, a routine mammogram turned up some abnormalities. In the following weeks I had additional mammography, a biopsy, and surgery, with the happy outcome that the abnormalities were benign. I wanted to put the experience behind me and get back to work, full speed ahead.
Here are nine strategies that, taken together, can help to change course without abandoning the destination and help you restore your work life balance . . . >>Continue reading 9 Strategies For Regaining Your Work Life Balance
Last week I wrote about a pretty unique telecommuting job opening at IWearYourShirt.com, so this week I thought it might be fun to share one of Jason Sadler’s videos since it’s all the pros and cons of telecommuting.
IWearYourShirt.com has built a pretty neat business around the idea of donning a sponsor’s t-shirt and then schmoozing socially to sing the praises of the sponsor. The shirt wearers all have pretty demanding responsibilities and work from their respective homes, so they totally get how working from home isn’t always as easy as it seems. >>Continue reading Jason Sadler's Pros and Cons of Telecommuting