Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Telecommuters 2016

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Over the years I’ve seen many suggestions for holiday gift ideas for telecommuters. There are very few items on many of these lists that I’d add to my own wish list. Either they’re way over the top expensive, impractical, or just plain boring.

Just because I work from home, doesn’t mean I’m without a life or that I don’t want cool things for my home office.

I decided to put together my own list of holiday gift ideas, sharing both the practical and frivolous. Every gift suggestion here is either something I want or something I have and love. Also, I tried to find affordable suggestions. For example, you won’t find the expensive massage chair with all the bells and whistles on this list.

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200 Companies That Are ALWAYS Hiring Telecommuters

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As I make my rounds around (what I like to call) the telecommuting jobs circuit each day, I notice certain companies always seem to be hiring telecommuters. Some of these companies don’t hire remote workers exclusively, and others have a completely distributed workspace where all staff works from home. I started adding these companies to a running list of telecommute-friendly business. As you can imagine. this list is constantly growing.

I’d like to share my list with you today. Some of these companies offer full-time work, with all the perks and benefits that come with such employment. Other brands listed here are always looking for freelancers and independent contractors.

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8 Free Job Search Apps to Help You Find Work!

I use a variety of job search apps to find clients and projects. In addition to seeking out new projects to add to my regular client base, I also like to stay apprised of current career trends. I can’t always spend my working time searching for leads, so using job search apps enable me to conduct searches at times that are convenient for me.

Most job search sites enable seekers to upload cover letters, resumes, and other important information. With job  search apps you can use your uploaded information to apply for jobs anywhere, at any time. Plus, most apps store your search criteria to show you the most current leads within those parameters. Mobile job search apps mean you’re not chained to your desk all day.

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My Top 11 Home Office Essentials

Home Office EssentialsEvery telecommuter has a list of essentials to have in their home office. If you were to ask people who work from home for a list of their home office “must haves,” you’ll find responses vary, though. That’s because we’re all comfortable with different things. So what works best for me, won’t necessarily work for you.

In any event, I’m sharing my list of must haves for anyone who might find it useful. After you’re done reading, share your favorites or tell me how silly you think my choices are. I’m always looking for good suggestions for staying focused, organized, and comfortable during the work day.

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14 Facebook Groups for Finding Telecommute Job Leads

Telecommute Job Leads on Facebook

Job search engines such as Indeed are helpful tools for finding telecommute job leads. However, it’s a mistake to rely on job search engines exclusively. Though no one is arguing their usefulness and that there are good jobs to be found, it’s best to expand your search to include other options in addition to job search engines.

Social media can yield some interesting results, but lately I’m finding some really cool leads on Facebook. In fact,  I joined a few groups on Facebook specifically geared towards job sharing with good results. Not all of the groups are specific to telecommuting, but each niche does share occasional telecommute job leads from time to time.

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33 Places to Find Free WiFi

Free WiFi Hotspots

Free Wifi is an essential tool for successful telecommuting. After all, the beauty of this lifestyle is that it allows us to do our jobs anywhere. Though many of us prefer the convenience and functionality of our home offices, we all have times when we need to take our show on the road. Having this flexibility enables us to change scenery and even take our work with us as we travel. However, if we can’t connect we can’t work.

You probably know some local places in your neighborhood to find free WiFi. For example, many coffee shops and libraries allow people to come in and work for as long as they like. These types are places are excellent “offices” to go to when we need a change of scenery. However, there are times when we’re away from the familiarity of our own neighborhoods but still need to work. Knowing where to find hotspots can mean the difference between a missed deadline and a job well done.

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