10 Tips for Creating A Professional Voicemail Greeting

You found and applied for the perfect telecommuting job but it’s been weeks and you can’t understand why you haven’t heard back. Well, maybe they called and got your voicemail. Were they impressed enough to leave a message or so turned off that they just hung up?

Believe it or not, bad voice mail greetings exist and it’s not just large companies giving customers a long list of instructions to punch their way through in hopes of talking to a real, live person. It’s job seekers and small business owners not thinking about the image they’re portraying when they note a phone number in their contact info. >>Continue reading 10 Tips for Creating A Professional Voicemail Greeting

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Tech for Telecommuters: Work from Home without Looking Like It

The mobile workforce is expected to grow to 1.2 billion people (one-third of the existing global workforce) by 2013, according to IDC Research. For those of us who work from home or know someone who does, it’s easy to see why. Being a remote worker has a lot of benefits – little or no commuting time, the ability to time shift when needed, keeping a job when you have to move away, and more.

Yet with this increase in acceptance comes a corresponding increase in expectations for these workers. Telecommuters are required to display the same level of professionalism as their office-bound colleagues, particularly in their interactions with co-workers, business partners and customers. However, if they are not using effective technology, this can be a seemingly insurmountable task.

Here are some ideas on how you can be sure you’re presenting a top-notch, professional image by replacing inadequate consumer technologies with affordable tools designed specifically for those working in small or home offices. >>Continue reading Tech for Telecommuters: Work from Home without Looking Like It

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Part Time Article Writers and Bloggers

I love searching CraigsList for part time and freelance writing jobs just out of sheer curiosity. Some of the remote job postings I see are really interesting. Check out these 2 telecommuting opportunities for part time bloggers and article writers:

Need freelance bloggers for part time work. (Work Remotely)
Here’s what the job posting said . . .

I am looking for part time bloggers to write about… >>Continue reading Part Time Article Writers and Bloggers

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Make Vacation Communication a Day at the Beach

The peak summer vacation season is still in full swing. And with it comes the dilemma small business owners have been facing since the beginning of the Industrial Age: Take therapeutic time off to clear your mind and recharge, or make the choice and fear that you’re not going to be available when an urgent client need arises.

Fortunately, these days it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing choice. >>Continue reading Make Vacation Communication a Day at the Beach

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The 2010 Remote Worker Awards Launched

Following a highly successful inaugural awards in 2009, Remote Employment in association with BT Business, today launches The 2010 Remote Worker Awards.

The Awards are unique as the only business awards recognising employers for their flexible working solutions and employees for showing that remote and home based working can improve business productivity, improve work life balance and help the environment.

The 10… >>Continue reading The 2010 Remote Worker Awards Launched

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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

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Crazy Guy On A Bike Worked His Way Across America

Keith writes software for a living and normally works out of his home office. While it’s pretty exciting to see a crazy guy on a bike prove he can make this incredible journey while keeping up with his workload, it’s even more remarkable when you hear how he combined his telecommuting status with his desire as a father to support a worthy cause that’s near and dear to his family . . . >>Continue reading Crazy Guy On A Bike Worked His Way Across America

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Always Connected: One Third of U.S. Workforce Feels Need to Stay Connected 24/7

The recent economic downturn has American workers stressed, overworked and anxious, but many are turning to technology to help them cope. According to a survey released today by InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, workers are using technology to stay connected (sometimes even secretly), work harder and maintain job security to survive the economic recovery.

Take note managers: Nearly one in two Americans (48 percent) who use technology in their everyday jobs say that they are now required to do more work with fewer resources due to the current economic climate. As an example, nearly one third (30 percent) feel that they need to stay connected to work 24/7, even during weekends, breaks or holidays. However, 72 percent say that advanced technology, such as conferencing and collaboration tools, enables them to work faster, better and improves their morale – because they see the company providing them with the right resources and tools to ‘do more with less.’ >>Continue reading Always Connected: One Third of U.S. Workforce Feels Need to Stay Connected 24/7

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