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. read more

How I Turned a Two Hour Commute Into a Telecommuting Job

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Here’s to new beginnings!

What would you sacrifice in order to land a telecommuting job?  This is a question I had to ask myself recently when a major client and I recently parted company.

To tell you the truth, losing this particular client had me a little concerned. In the past year and a half, I lost three major clients. With the exception of a deadbeat client, all contracts ended on good terms because the jobs had run their course. But, still, I’m old school and where I come from it doesn’t look good to job hop so often – even as a freelancer. read more

10 Sure Signs a Work From Home Job is Too Good to Be True

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Scammers, spammers, and other unsavory types  love to prey on people who want to work from home. They’ll try and sell you “secrets,” make you pay beaucoup bucks for “hidden” job leads you can find online for free, and have you do a lot of work for little or no money.

While we all agree telecommuting is an ideal situation, it’s not worth losing money or sleep over. That’s why it’s so important to understand exactly what you’re getting into before applying for any job. read more

15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Telecommute Job Search

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Your telecommute job search isn’t a unique situation. Thousands of people (if not more) are searching for home-based work every day. While you can take comfort in knowing that not everyone is searching for the same types of jobs as you, it remains that jobs allowing us to work from home continue to gain in popularity.

Despite the competition, a job search doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are a few things you can do to streamline your search, find “hidden” jobs, and get your resume in front of the right people. read more

Things That Are (And Aren’t) Telecommute Jobs

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I’ve been working from home as an independent contractor for about 15 years now. Though I’ve had the occasional dry spell (client-wise), I’ve been fortunate to have a steady stream of clients, in a variety of industries. In this time, I’ve also come across many opportunities that are advertised as “jobs” but really aren’t.

I’m not against making money online, getting money back on purchases, or having a side hustle or two, but I’m also realistic. While I have nothing against making money doing certain things, I think some companies play fast and loose with the term “job.” Getting money back for something isn’t necessarily a “job.”
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4 Things a Freelancer Should Never Apologize For

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In the 14 years I’ve been freelancing, I’ve had all sorts of clients with all sorts of requests. For example, there was the client who wanted to do annual employee reviews even though I wasn’t an employee. (I passed.) There was also the client who wanted me to be on call during the entire 9 -5 business day but only wanted to pay me a small fee for the actual writing part. Each time, I apologized and let them know the difference between an independent contractor and an employee. Sometimes the gig ended, and sometimes it didn’t, but I’m always glad I spoke up. read more

The Importance of Conferences and Business Events for Telecommuters

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Though many of us telecommute because we enjoy working from the quiet of our own homes, the importance of networking and face to face meetings can’t be overlooked. Whether you’re an independent contractor or a full time employee, you should consider leaving the home for business events.

Going to conferences gives you an edge of people who don’t. You’ll meet new people, have in-depth conversations, and rub elbows with the top people in your industry. Moreover, when you spend time around other professionals you broaden your business connections, grow your sales base, land new clients. and come home inspired with new ideas. read more