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5 Ways to Get More Done At Your Home Office

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When I first started working from home, I was still on someone else’s clock. I was lucky enough to have a boss who would be cool with us occasionally working in our home office.

Of course, at this point, I didn’t have a home office. I had a room. Since my housemates kept odd schedules, they were often home when I was working.

It was then that I learned how to avoid distractions while working at home. I couldn’t do my own thing — I was supposed to be working. Someone was paying me to do it!

Fast-forward a few years: I’d branched out on my own as a freelancer. This is when distractions became more easy to justify and harder on my wallet. If I kept vacuuming and knitting when I was supposed to be working, my paycheck wouldn’t appear. Click Here to Read Article …

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Continuing Education for the Freelancer or Solopreneur

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Working at home is a dream of many, and for tens of thousands it’s a reality that brings us both tremendous joy and endless frustration.

For the freelancer or the solopreneur, the only way to truly remain relevant in such a fast paced career path is to stay on top of current trends.

You also have to learn new ones in order to increase your earning potential in new niches, as well as perfecting the skills you already have.

The important part is ensuring that you’re continually educating yourself in order to increase your marketability and your overall skill set.

However, for those of us that work as freelancers or own a one person business that relies on working digitally, it’s hard to argue against adding additional tools to your toolbox. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Awesome Gifts for Freelancers

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Freelancers of any stripe need a good pick-me-up every so often.

Fortunately, many of us know folks who love to give us gifts and the gift-giving season is on its way. The holiday season is officially upon us folks.

A little boost in spirits could come in the form of a little gizmo, one that delivers a bit of consumer goods happiness.

So when someone asks you what you’d like, make sure to add these awesome gifts to your wish list: Click Here to Read Article …

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7 Tips to Manage Time Like a Boss

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What differentiates a smart entrepreneur from a mediocre one? Time management. A successful businessman is one who knows how to utilize his time in the right manner.

Sadly, many entrepreneurs fail to cope with this major factor in their life simply because they are either not good at it or are too busy to think about it.

Ultimately, they suffer losses, valuable contacts and above all the much-needed balance in their life that can seriously affect their performance.

But with effective time-management skills, they can turn the situation in their favor. Click Here to Read Article …

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Outsourcing Doesn’t Necessarily Have to be a Bad Thing

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Nobody is going to argue that outsourcing, as a general idea, is usually considered a bad thing.

The nightly news is full of stories about huge corporations who dodge tax burdens and destroy jobs by outsourcing their basic needs, like customer service, to other countries.

Sometimes though — especially when you are running your own business — outsourcing can be a good and helpful thing.

Here are the top three things that you can (and should) outsource when you are building a business of your very own. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Stop Wasting Time in Meetings

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The first day of my first office job, my boss told me plainly, “There are two types of people in the business world. That guy who sets up all of the meetings and the rest of us, okay?”

He was no fan of wasting time, and it rubbed off on me in a big way. Spending countless hours in meetings — at least one per day at the height of my office career — is one of the driving reasons I moved away from working for others and started freelancing.

For the most part, fewer meetings have been a natural side effect of going into business for myself. My clients want to be bothered with unnecessary meetings every bit as little as I do. Click Here to Read Article …

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7 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

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Whether you’re writing your midterm paper or finishing a deadline on an article for a client, writing can be a difficult job. Writer’s block can be a real problem.

Creativity doesn’t always flow when it should.

Plenty of writers sit down with every good intention, only to find themselves an hour later having accomplished nothing.

Well, nothing aside from trolling around online, playing games or suddenly feeling the need to reorganize their entire office.

Although writing can be a daunting task, these seven tips will help you get your creative juices flowing and get you on track to producing better writing without sweating the deadline. Click Here to Read Article …

10 Tips to Save Time & Do More

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The great Management guru Peter Drucker once said:

“Time is the scarcest resource of the manager;
if it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.”

If this is true for managers, then it must be true for the rest of us as well.

So how can we make the best use of this valuable resource?

Here are 10 ways to better manage your time at work. Click Here to Read Article …

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What Your Freelance Fantasy Says About You & Your Job

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Freelancers have it easy. They don’t have a boss, they don’t have set hours and they only have to commute if they feel like it. That’s the fantasy anyway.

Images accompanying articles about working as a freelance invariably involve someone in a beautiful setting, quietly contemplating the fruits of their creative genius.

You don’t tend to see them depicted in a state of emotional meltdown with coffee all over their laptop and their latest deadline looming.

The fantasy and the reality can sometimes be quite far apart — and that’s putting it mildly. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Become Financially Independent

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Financial independence is the dream many individuals aspire to reach.

The idea of being able to earn your own income is a worthwhile thing to pursue, and luckily if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re already a step ahead of the rest of the world.

On the other hand, just because you’re bringing in your own source of income at the moment doesn’t mean the situation is set in stone.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur currently working for someone else, or an established business owner, here are a few steps you can take to protect and preserve your financial autonomy. Click Here to Read Article …

Why Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although some may overlook it, classifying someone as either an employee or a contract worker matters for both businesses owners and employees.

Businesses can face issues with the IRS for improper employee classification, and employees may be getting the short end of the employment stick if they are improperly classified in terms of both pay and benefits.

This infographic, compiled by Wunderland, a creative staffing agency, provides useful information for both business owners and job seekers about the differences between being classified as an independent contractor vs. being classified as an employee.

It also covers what you need to know about job mis-classification along with the risks of improper job classification, and how to protect yourself at work.

Here are some key points to note:

  • As an employee, much of the burden of the work falls on the employer, from training to providing you a computer and other resources to assuring your taxes are being paid from your wages.
  • A company can try to take advantage of an employee by improperly classifying them as an independent contractor.
  • Employers can work with a staffing firm to avoid mis-classification and IRS tax audits.

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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What do you think? Is it easy to distinguish an employee from a contract worker in your line of work?

5 Secrets to Motivating Yourself

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What do you do when you’re feeling kind of blah and can’t seem to shake it?

Do you have ways to snap out of those moods and create a sense of drive and purpose?

If yes, keep doing what you’re doing (and leave a comment at the end of this post with your secrets).

If you’re like most of us, you may need a little extra help to get your mojo movin’ again.

Here are five ways to inspire yourself: Click Here to Read Article …