6 Tips for Finding the “Hidden” Telecommuting Jobs

Ok, so maybe that’s a misleading headline. I don’t know that there are really “hiddentelecommuting jobs. Just because a job opportunity isn’t obvious doesn’t mean anyone is going to any great pains to keep them out of the public eye. So it’s not that they’re”hidden” so much as they’re “quiet.”

If you’re looking to work from home, you probably have your tried and true list of job boards and search sites to look at every day. Sometimes every job search or listing site is sharing the same gigs. If you’re getting a little frustrated by the same old, same old, it’s probably time to change up your search strategy.

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My Client Didn’t Send a 1099, Now What?

By law, clients have until January 31st to send their independent contractors a 1099 form. If you receive a paper copy of this form, you might receive it in the mail a few days after filing and sending, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have all your paperwork by the second week in February. Most of us are fortunate to have clients who don’t send a 1099 as they should. However, a client who is tardy or remiss with paperwork shouldn’t keep you from taking care of business.

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4 BIG Mistakes People Make When They First Begin Telecommuting

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At first glance, telecommuting looks like the best thing ever. You don’t have to wake up as early, can dress in comfy clothes, and your commute is only as long as it takes to get to your home office.  That’s all well and good, but telecommuting isn’t a job, it’s an aspect of a job. It could be a big mistake to focus more on the “telecommuting” part than the actual “job” part.

Telecommuting can be a big adjustment for people who never worked from home before. That isn’t to say anyone should expect a negative situation when they make the move to work from home, only that it requires balance, dedication, and focus.

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How to Find Entry Level Telecommute Jobs

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Many of the people who land on this blog via search engines are searching for information on finding or landing entry level telecommute jobs. Apparently, there are a lot of folks who are just starting out, changing their career focus, or heading back to work after taking time off to raise a family.

Because there’s so much interest, today’s post focuses on how to break into telecommuting and find the right kinds of jobs for you.

You would search for entry level telecommute jobs the same way you would seek this type of employment outside the home. The only exception is the types of jobs you’re searching for, where you’re searching for those jobs, and the type of work you want to do.

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The Hardest Thing About Working from Home: Getting BACK in the Zone

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I love working from home. You may already know that since I’ve been talking about it for the past 15 years. As much as I enjoy my freedom and being my own boss, I’m still finding myself struggling when it comes to focus. Or, rather, refocus.

For me, the hardest thing about working from home is getting  back to a place where I’m 100% focused. If I take a lunch hour or attend an appointment, it’s hard for me to get back “in the zone.”

Staying focused isn’t the problem; Keeping focused is





There have been a million blog posts and articles written about how to focus when you work from home. I’ve tried them all:

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6 Tips for an Organized Home Office When You Work in a Tiny Space

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Keeping an organized home office is important for productivity.  I don’t like having a lot of “stuff” or furniture that takes up space and clutters my room. I also don’t believe in having a variety of items lying around “just in case.” My tips for an organized home office may seem a tad unconventional, but in my case less equals more.

My “home office” is actually a corner of my dining room. It’s a room we use for “company” but don’t use often enough that I have to pack up and leave every time I finish up work for the day.

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7 Red Flags to Look for When Applying for a Job

7 Red Flags to Look for When Applying for a Job

Telecommuters and freelancers have to be especially cautious with their job search. Because so many people are hoping to work at home, many home-based job seekers are happy to take any opportunity that looks “legit.” However, even some so-called “legitimate” companies aren’t all they seem to be at first glance. So before applying to a job, even if it’s a job with a brand with a recognizable name, it’s a good idea to do your due diligence.

When researching companies to work with, go beyond their Twitter account and Facebook page. Take a deep dive and see what employees (especially former employees) are saying about them. Check LinkedIn pages for people who work or worked with them to see how long they worked with the brand, and if they left any feedback. Do an online search to see what kind of news or chatter there is about this potential employer. Knowing what you’re getting into beforehand will help you to make an informed decision and could spare you from a big headache later.

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