Working from home definitely has its benefits.
But there are some things that are nice about working in an office that people often overlook, like not having to pay for toilet paper.
One of the big things a lot of freelancers as people who work from home don’t consider is that their utility bills will increase once they work from home.
Paying for the extra gas and electricity you’ll be using can come as a bit of a shock and maybe not one you budgeted for, so this handy guide has been designed to help lower your bills as the temperatures drop. Click Here to Read Article …
Home is where the heart is — not always the mind.
Nevertheless, this is often where some of your most important projects must be done.
Productivity in the work place is hard enough, even with a supervising boss, limited personal distractions and an atmosphere of like-minded coworkers.
Rip away that stable atmosphere and keeping the momentum of progress can be harder than catching lightning in a bottle. Click Here to Read Article …
Freelancers don’t have to drop coins into the office coffee fund or attend largely pointless meetings.
Many of us can work in a library or a coffee shop, or on our backyard deck, where the only sound is chickadees or mourning doves.
But as nice as these things are, they can cause loneliness and isolation.
For some, this might mean a long day before the significant other comes home; for others, a feeling of just not being connected.
Sometimes this can mean feeling like freelancing isn’t “real” work or that one is cut off from the industry (accounting, graphic design, writing) at large.
So, here are some ways to cope if you’re feeling isolated in a bad way, rather than free in a good way. Click Here to Read Article …
It isn’t hard to find articles on motivation for a freelancer.
It’s only too easy to find five or 10 obvious steps to get goin’ on that approaching deadline (“picture the job already done” or “have a comfy work environment”).
But there’s a deeper philosophical issue at stake, and all too often these articles ignore it.
You don’t want to take just any advice on motivation techniques — some recommendations can hurt more than they can help.
From my experience, you really need to consider what type of motivation a particular strategy would speak to.
While some extrinsic motivators might work in a pinch, you don’t want to build up the habit of relying on them. Instead you need intrinsic motivation. Click Here to Read Article …
As a young or potential entrepreneur, renting out office space seems like a daunting idea right?
It’s a big commitment, especially when there is an alternative.
This is a topic that I encounter all the time.
With a growing number of people working from home nowadays, claiming the cost of rent or their mortgage repayments is becoming a hot topic, with most people thinking they can claim the full amount and that being that.
Unfortunately it’s not as straightforward as that. Click Here to Read Article …
The quick pop of eggplant yielding to the knife; the warmth of steam ghosting from the colander; the joy of turning over a chicken breast to find it richly brown.
What is more authentic and soul-stirring than cooking?
And that’s what this post is all about — the need of a freelancer to do all he or she can to maintain authentic experiences to renew one’s spirit during hard weeks of toil.
Some freelancers — with no 9-to-5 schedule and a work day that may seem to have no end — eat frozen meals from sad paper trays or order takeout or stop by the fast food place. Click Here to Read Article …
More and more companies are letting their employees work from where they want to.
In other words, they are working remotely.
One of the best examples and success stories of a remote team is Buffer.
They built a strong culture of remote work within their company.
If you are considering building a remote team, I recommend that you read this post from Buffer founder: The Joys and Benefits of Working as a Distributed Team.
But working as a remote team can sometimes be tricky. In fact your team needs the right tools and techniques to make it work. Click Here to Read Article …
Setting up your home office is really fun and exciting and, if you aren’t careful, really expensive.
It’s so easy to be tempted by articles listing must-haves.
Yes, most of those articles are filled with products and services that would be nice to have and, sometimes, will even make running your business marginally easier.
At the same time, most of those articles are playing a little fast and loose with the term “need.”
Here are the only five things that you actually need in your home office to get your business up and running, and some of them aren’t even things at all. Click Here to Read Article …
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 …
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 …
For over seven years, I devoted myself entirely to the practice of law and working as a corporate attorney.
When year number eight rolled around, with its continued promises of working long, stressful hours at a thankless job, I decided to make the leap out of the legal profession and into the realm of being a full-time freelance writer.
It didn’t take too long to realize that even though my office setting had changed, and I had more flexibility working from home, the long hours only increased.
I had to become even more productive to handle all aspects of the business myself, because I had no dedicated staff to run it for me. Click Here to Read Article …
In the last 50 years there have been dramatic changes in how working space has been provided to employees.
Once, almost everybody who was somebody had an office and almost all of them had windows.
Eventually this was winnowed down to open space design and cubicles.
Now it appears we are ready and in some cases already experiencing an office-less working environment. Click Here to Read Article …