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Have You Considered Working From Home?

  • What are the benefits? What are the challenges and  disadvantages? Can you work from home and own your own business? Will my employer allow me to work from home? All are key questions that deserve careful consideration and evaluation!
  • With our new options of working from home either on a part-time basis or a full-time basis…you now have the choice of enjoying your family and loved ones more or working together with them from a home location. This is a great choice…as you can consider the comparative costs of traveling to and from work, the amount of time required to do so,  the important consideration of whom you want to spend your working time with, the relative efficiency of either working at an office, traveling, on the road or at your home.  All of these choices now allow us a new degree of freedom if we choose to exercise it.  For those who can utilize good work practices and work ethics, then potentially they can be much more efficient.
  • I will say that the freedom to work from home creates some challenges…like will you watch that favorite tv program or apply yourself to your work…will you set good work hours for yourself and keep them…it is very easy to be distracted with so many things that go on within your home. Personally I worked in several areas many years in large offices on scheduled hours, in my own personal offices, traveling the U.S. Monday through Friday calling on companies and using my motel as my  office, in one case I drove to and from work 50 miles each way and then traveled 13 states via airplane and automobile, and for the last few years I have elected to work from my home office. Of all of the experiences that I have had, I find that a home office is the most desirable for me…and I can pack my bags and take my home office across the country to any location in Florida, the U.S. or Canada…and accomplish what needs to be done effectively.  One of the greatest advantages to working from home for me is have access and be near those that I care the most about…that is the ones I love as well as my friends. When I spent most of my time each day at the office or on the road, I really missed the interaction with my loved ones. This is by far the greatest advantage that I hear from those who work from home.
  • Many people need the structure of going to an office to be with their other workers every day, or perhaps the work requires that they be present in order to accomplish what needs to be done. In any case, we now have an estimated 40 to 50 million people who are now working either part-time or full-time from home…or a traveling home at their choice. And given the economic environment and since the internet is only some 20 years old now, we are heading into a direction of many more people working from home…and using the internet and the phone as their telecommunications devices.

So studies have been completed to date comparing the pluses and minuses of where you work…there is yet to be grand comparison prepared about which is most efficient however some meaningful studies are emerging.

In summary, my opinions are that the option to work from home opens up many new opportunities and choices of where we want to work, and dependent upon your work requirements, your personal preferences for managing your own time, enjoying your freedom more, spending more time with your loved ones, all enter greatly into the equation of what you would like to do. I do strongly recommend that you consider all options available to you, and the underlying constraints of each. It is an important decision to make as you plan your career and I hope that you will give it ample and due consideration when the time comes.
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Daily Finance

Home Office vs. At the Office: Which Is More Efficient?

By Bruce Kennedy Posted 9:00AM  01/17/11

Call it telecommuting, telework or working from home: It appears more of us are earning at least part of our salaries from home, and with the boss’s blessings.

According to a survey by the human resources group WorldatWork, the number of Americans who work either from their homes or remotely at least one day a month rose by 74% between 2005 and 2008, to more than 17 million. And if you add to that figure the so-called “contract telecommuters” — folks who are self-employed or run their own businesses — the number jumps to nearly 34 million people.

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I very much look forward to talking with you.

Dan Norris

Small Business Consultant

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Quality – What is quality working from home?

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Quality is as Important in Marketing as it is in Software Development

Posted by Jamie Turner on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 @ 07:13 AM
In this guest post, Jamie Turner, CEO of 60SecondMarketer.com, explains why quality, strategy and execution are all just as important in the marketing world as they are in software development.
If you’ve been hanging around SmartBear long enough, you know we’re very focused on the issue of quality. After all, we’ve created an entire company around the concept, so you could say we’re a bit obsessed with it.[/color-box] ________________________________ SMASHING MAGAZINE

The Collective Legal Guide For Designers (Contract Samples)

By Veronica Picciafuoco                      April 3rd, 2013 Rule number one for designers of all kinds: use a contract. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Should I use a service agreement? A retainer? A licensing contract? _____________________________________________________

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Less Time, More Money, Mentoring at Accelerators, Incubators

BY LOU CARLOZO

When Jessica Kim emerged from a Chicago-based accelerator last summer, her four-year-old business had some fresh thinking behind it… “Lean startup” has become all the rage at incubators and accelerators as it has elsewhere in the tech world. At the accelerator, Kim learned the lean-startup way of doing things: _____________________________________________________________________

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Richard Branson on Community Building to Grow Your Business

BY RICHARD BRANSON

When you’re launching a startup, one of your first tasks is to identify potential customers and learn about their needs. ______________________________________________________________________ COPYBLOGGER

3 Ways Your Website is Losing Readers

by Jerod Morris The last time you got into your car, did you notice if your wheels were properly aligned? My guess is that 99.99% of you didn’t even consider it. And if you did, would you really know how to check anyway? But it’s an important question. Wheels being out of alignment can decrease gas mileage, reduce the longevity of tires through uneven wear, and make handling the car more difficult. You might even say that it can cost you in traffic. The same is true for your website. ______________________________________________________________ PROBLOGGER

4 Key Stats to Monitor the Health of Your Blog

Written on 4/4/2013 at 8:04 am by Shayne As a blogger spare time can be pretty hard to come by. Your focus, as it should be, is about creating great content and engaging with your community — leaving little capacity for the ‘other’ things that need to be done. Add the fact that a lot of us prefer to leave the numbers and bean counting to the accountants and statisticians, it’s no surprise that a lot of the bloggers I speak with have little or no idea about the statistical health of their blog. _______________________________________________

COPYBLOGGER

A Short Guide to Writing Good Copy

by Kelton Reid The term “style” is thrown around a lot by writers, but it’s a misnomer for copywriters because “style” doesn’t work in the extremely short attention economy of the internet. Good copy isn’t necessarily “stylish.” But copy that establishes trust, authority, builds relationships, and gets people talking, sharing, and buying is in high demand….more _____________________________________________________________

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How to Write Copy Like Google

by Demian Farnworth

Have you ever wondered who writes copy for Google … who puts together the words on the landing pages or in the video scripts for products like Gmail, Google+, Analytics, or Nexus? Of course you don’t (unless you’re a copywriter). Because it doesn’t matter. You just want the product.   _____________________________________________________________

For discussion I invite you to email me on dannorris42@gmail.com or call me on 407-749-9395.

Dan Norris

Small Business Consultant