Creating a Home Office On a Shoestring Budget

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

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Seeing Life through Gratitude Glasses

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

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Thankful Thoughts

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

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Goals – Your Roadmap to the Future

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

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9 Strategies For Regaining Your Work Life Balance

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

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Jason Sadler’s Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Last week I wrote about a pretty unique telecommuting job opening at, 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. 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

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Shirt Wearers Wanted

Okay, shirt-wearing isn’t exactly a highly trained skill. Most of us wear a shirt every day and we certainly don’t get paid for doing so (though, if you work in a traditional cubicle job, you’d probably get fired for not wearing a shirt). There is a bit more to this telecommuting job opening than sporting a different t-shirt every day. You’ll also need to be comfortable in front of the video camera, talking all about the t-shirt you’re wearing that day. That’s definitely a skill. Seriously, if you like the idea of wearing a different logo t-shirt every day and hosting a live webshow (and YouTube video) all about the company who sponsored the shirt, this pretty unique telecommuting job offer is right up your alley. >>Continue reading Shirt Wearers Wanted

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An All Online Conference for Virtual Assistants

Learning Virtually – An All Online Conference for Virtual Assistants, Now in Its Sixth Year
RENO, Nev., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On October 20-21, 2011, the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) will host its sixth Online IVAA Summit entitled, “VA Adventures — Learning, Exploring, Growing.” This year’s Summit is specifically designed to help new and seasoned virtual assistants and other entrepreneurs grow and streamline their business. The Summit sets… >>Continue reading An All Online Conference for Virtual Assistants

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Share Your Passion – Be an Guide

When you’re looking for legitimate work at home jobs it’s pretty common to come across writing gigs that note “$675/mo base” as the compensation. Ever wonder what jobs those listings are referring to?

Well, it’s likely those listings are referring to’s Guide positions. If you’ve been on the Internet for very long at all you’ve probably seen, the website’s been around for quite a long time. In… >>Continue reading Share Your Passion - Be an Guide

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