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4 Ways to Lower Home Office Expenses

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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 …

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Your Work-at-Home Checklist: 9 Tips for Finishing Projects

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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 …

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5 Ways Freelancers Can Deal With Isolation

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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 …

Stop Relying on Rewards for Motivation

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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 …

Is a Home Office Worth It?

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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 …

5 Reasons Freelancers Should Cook

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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 …

7 Tools for More Productive Telecommuting

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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 …

5 Things Your Home Office Really Needs

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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 …