10 Things to Think About Before Paying for a Remote Job Listing Service

The competition for a single remote job listing is fierce. In every job sharing group on Facebook, the first question asked as soon as someone shares a job is “remote?” Popular job search sites are also inundated with requests for remote jobs from people who want to work at home. It only makes sense that there are people who are willing to pay to subscribe to job listings sites that offer access to telecommuting or  “work from home” options.

Over the past few years, I subscribed to a few different job listing services and I found them very helpful at that time.  Lately, however, I’m not feeling as if the ends justify the means. With that in mind, I’d like to give you a few things to think about before you invest in a paying remote job listing subscription. read more

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. read more

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. read more

4 BIG Mistakes People Make When They First Begin Telecommuting


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. read more

How to Find Entry Level Telecommute Jobs


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. read more

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


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: read more

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


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. read more