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Overcoming Work At Home Hurdles

The work at home revolution is becoming extremely popular with people of all ages. More and more companies are hiring employees who work at home. People are reaping in the plethora of rewards working at home offers and are happy with balance in their work and life for the first time in their lives. Working at home, however great it is, still has hurdles for workers, and many are giving up too soon. There is a pattern to these hurdles. The majority of work at home employees have the same hurdles they must learn to jump over. By jumping over these hurdles you can then thoroughly enjoy your work/life balance by seamlessly transitioning them together into your life. You got your new job working at home and you are stoked to finally work full time at home, but it has been really hard adjusting. You keep reading about how great working at home is; why even Forbes said… “Agile work programs would increase GNP, reduce the national debt, and bring the balance of trade back in our favor. It would substantially reduce our Gulf Oil dependence. It would reduce traffic jams and the carnage on our highways. It would alleviate the strain on our crumbling transportation infrastructure. It would help reclaim many of the jobs that have been lost to offshoring, and to provide new employment opportunities for at-home caregivers, the disabled, and the un-and-under employed. It would improve family life, and emancipate latchkey kids. It would substantially bolster pandemic ad disaster preparedness. It would save companies and individuals billions of dollars.” – Forbes.com However, no where does it tell you how to really navigate through your work at home job when things get tough. In fact, many employees who work at home drop out in the first few months due to simple issues that could have easily been...

Family Life When You Work At Home

One of the main reasons people choose to work from home is the flexibility to be with their family. My husband and I met working together in a retail store, and have worked on many projects together. When our son was born he was at a regular job and I was home with my son. I missed working and he wanted to be home more. We compromised and both figured out ways to work at home. As a result of us both working at home our family life is very different in many ways, but we love every second of it. When you work at home noise is your main problem. You usually have to have it quiet, or in an atmospheric mood where you can concentrate. When you have children at home this is extremely hard to do. You can combat it many ways. Have an office where you can go that is quiet, use headphones for music or specialized headphones for sleeping so you are not disturbed by outside sounds, or have your children play outside or take an outing. Many times if one of us has a lot of work to do, the other one will take our son out for the day. It does not even always have to be a special outing. Just doing the grocery shopping entertains my child and gets me a few hours of quiet time to get done what needs to get done. Meals are very different when you live at home. In my opinion they are drastically better. As there is always something I like in my kitchen. For the most part there is rarely a time when mommy and daddy cannot sit at the table and eat a meal with our son. Once we both started being home, we have three meals a day around the table. Sometimes...

5 Tips To Get Started On Your Work-From-Home Career

So, you’ve read all the posts about it. You’re knowledgeable and you think you’re ready to begin your career working from home. Great! I’m here here to walk you through the first steps to getting started on your work-from-home career. First things first, it’s important to remember that working from home is not for everyone. Perfect candidates come in all different shapes and sizes and for different reasons. That’s why the first step to working from home is deciding if it’s the right move for you. The current pool of candidates who work from home include all different types of people, from stay-at-home moms to ambitious college students. The key to this career path is making sure you can handle it. There are a lot of pros to working from home, but also important details to consider. Working from your home can either be a great way to get more work done, or a great way to put it all off until the end and watch some TV. In making a career choice like this, it’s important to know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. Slacking off can put a real downer on your reputation, since these are real bosses and jobs with real expectations of you. It’s imperative to make sure you’ve got what it takes to stay on task and take advantage of all the great opportunities working from home can offer. If you’re still reading this, congratulations! This means you’ve thought it through and really feel you’re ready to join the rest of us working from home. Your second step to success is deciding what kind of job you want to do. This for some people may be obvious, especially if you have experience in common office programs and protocols that most online employers look for. For others however, you may have served coffee your whole...

5 Summer Survival Tips for The Work at Home Mom

While summer is a fun time for the kids, it can mean challenges for the work from home mom. Trying to balance life between work and kids – who need extra attention and more of your time – can make you stressed, leading to poor work output. You definitely want to have fun with your kids, but at the same time the demands for work requires your attention too. So whether you are an independent work at home mom or someone who is hired by a third party, the following summer survival tips can surely let you have the much needed time and patience to make your summer a huge success for everyone else at home. Here are five survival tips to help you stay cool this summer. 1. Time Management Make sure to set up a time for your work and home life. Creating systems will save you some much needed hours each week. And these hours will allow you to spend time with your children and husband. Find the area of your work where a system can be set up and where you can remove yourself from the equation without impacting your business. For example, if you can afford a virtual assistant to keep track of your emails and help manage your social networking sites, then use one as a way to balance your work-life schedule during this time. Organize your home so that everything becomes easier. Plan, take notes and have summer activities ready to avoid tearing your hair out. Whether you have to cook, go somewhere out or have a task to be done, plan everything before. This will save you time. 2. Carry Your Laptop Outside In this age of technology, being a work from home mom means you can work from anywhere. So summer doesn’t mean you have to stay back at home...

Technology You Need to Successfully Work from Home

Working at home definitely has lots of perks like starting your work day at the time that works best for you, having a flexible schedule, and having more time to spend doing the things you love. As together as most of us have it, we all have our frazzled days. If you happen to catch us on a frazzled day perhaps we have a nice dress shirt on top for our Skype conference and pajama bottoms on under the desk where the camera cannot see, we may occasionally procrastinate, or work longer hours than expected. However, there is one thing every good work at home employee knows to invest in and that is the technology you need. You are using technology to do all of your work off of, store in and it is in your care. You need to be sure that you are secure and safe. Here are some of the most popular technology items that you usually will need for your work at home job. Remember most of these are at least partially, if not all, tax deductible. Laptop – You can use your old desktop computer, but you will get tired of your dinosaur technology very fast. You will be on your computer A LOT for every work at home job. It is best to get a good computer. Be sure to get a computer you are comfortable using, you may also consider getting one with an office type of package such as Microsoft Office, that way you can print your own letters and have your own spreadsheets. You may even use office software to keep inventory of your tax information. A Good Phone – The type of phone you need will depend of the type of job that you have. The majority of us really need a good Smartphone. You need to be able...

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