Using the Japanese Art of Decluttering to Organize Your Professional Life

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japenese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo

I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japenese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo for my book club. And, yes, while it did have me cleaning out my closets, I found that this book helped even more when I applied the basic principles of the Japanese art of decluttering to how I approach my professional life.

Wait! Don’t leave. Hear me out on this.

In the book, Kondo explains how we’re more at peace in our mindset when we keep a tidy home. I get this. I have a hard time getting into the groove when I’m watching dog hair tumbleweeds roll past me as I’m working. In fact, if something catches my eye as being out of place or in need of a dust rag, I won’t be able to get down to business until I get my area in order. read more

Why Freelance?

Why Freelance?

Though I’ve had full time, part time, and one-off clients for the past 15 years, I’ve always been an independent contractor. Freelancing allows me to choose the clients I want to work with, set my own rates, and be flexible with my time. It can be feast or famine, and not all clients are a joy to work with, but freelancing served me well over the years.

I recently began looking into leaving the home to work full time in a nearby office. It’s not really what I want but sometimes the reliability of the full-time office job appeals to me more than hustling for new clients or waiting on payments. However, it wasn’t until we had a medical emergency in our family, that I realized the importance of freelancing for my particular situation. read more

164 Freelance and Telecommute Job Leads You Can Apply to Today!

We haven’t shared a giant list of freelance and telecommute job leads for a while, but it’s about time we do it again! There’s an abundance of opportunities available for remote job seekers right now, so let’s just get right to it.

Included today are leads for writing jobs, tech/IT jobs, marketing jobs, social media jobs, project management jobs, and many others. (Some jobs are location specific or require you to come in for meetings or training.)

Brands hiring today include Aetna, Amazon, Johns Hopkins University, .Mic, Michael Kors, Yelp, and others. 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

Why Telecommuters Have to Set the Example

Whether you’re a freelancer or permanent employee, if you telecommute you have to be better than everyone who goes into the office. After working from home for almost 15 years, I learned that many companies want to embrace telecommuting.  However, they’re either worried about what will happen when staff are out of sight or they’ve been burned by people who have worked (from home) for them in the past but didn’t pull their weight.

As a freelance writer, I am always on the hunt for new clients. However, I’m finding that more potential clients are relating bad experiences with telecommuters. For example, freelancers who accept projects only to “flake out” and disappear when deadline time comes along. I’ve also worked on full-time remote teams where certain team members spent more time hanging out on Facebook and binge watching TV than they did on their jobs. I’m not saying this is the norm. However, with more people telecommuting than ever, the bad apples stand out. As a result, some clients and businesses who hired telecommuters in the past won’t do so anymore. read more

85 Telecommute and Freelance Job Leads You Can Apply To Today!

I apologize for being remiss in posting freelance and telecommuting job leads and blog posts. I have been on book deadline and I had to prioritize. However the book is almost complete, so we’ll be back to regular updates very soon. Thank you so much for your patience.

All of the leads posted today are current and accepting applications as of this writing.

Some of the jobs listed today include editing jobs, writing jobs, book reviewer jobs, tech/developer jobs, administrative jobs, customer service jobs, marketing jobs, translation jobs, and more! 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