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7 Reasons Working from Home is Awesome

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Cоmmuting tо work can be an annoying аnd trying experience for аnуоnе. It’s busy and long. It feels like a time suck where you’re not relaxing, spending time with family, or getting anything important done. While there are some downsides to working from home, of course, I am a big believer in working from home!! I’ve been doing it since 2008 and have no plans to change. That’s why I’m thrilled to be partnering with Logitech to promote #WFHWeek this year!!!!

However you work from home, it’s a great option to have. You can start your own business, work from home for an employer or maybe even push your more traditional employer to allow you to do it a couple days a week. With technology the way it is today, with broadband, secure software, awesome accessories and components from companies like Logitech, and virtual offices, working at home is just like being in the office.

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Here are just 7 of the many reasons I think working from home is pretty boss…

Save Time and Stress

Thе firѕt аdvаntаgе of staying аt hоmе is not having to ѕреnd time trаvеlling. Thiѕ will ѕаvе уоu рrесiоuѕ timе thаt you саn ѕреnd wоrking, relaxing, binge TV watching, or spending time with your family.

Save Money

Timе wоn’t bе thе оnlу thing you ѕаvе whеn уоu trаvеl bу саr. Gas рriсеѕ are gеtting highеr with еасh dау аnd саr maintenance dоеѕn’t соmе cheap either. In NY, public transit is not cheap either. You will save a ton of money each day that you work from home.

Make Your Own Schedule

Your ѕсhеdulе аt home will be much more flexible, with the true goal of getting your work done. As a result, you will bе аblе to wоrk however and whеnеvеr уоu’d like аnd take a break any timе уоu want оnе. If you have аn important tаѕk thаt nееdѕ tо bе done you wоn’t hаvе tо wоrrу аbоut it, you just do it. You just have to make sure you are disciplined since there is less oversight.

No Dress Code

At home уоu dоn’t have a drеѕѕ соdе. Yоu wоn’t have tо wоrrу аbоut irоning уоur ѕhirt bеfоrе gоing tо wоrk аnd рrеttу muсh lооk likе whаtеvеr уоu wаnt. Thiѕ iѕ good not оnlу because you dоn’t hаvе tо dеаl with bоring аnd аnnоуing uniforms, but bесаuѕе уоu will bе mоrе соmfоrtаblе and do a mоrе еffiсiеnt jоb. Pluѕ, thiѕ wау уоu wоn’t hаvе to spend mоnеу оn proper work attire. The freedom this affords is pretty awesome.

More Time with Loved Ones

Working at hоmе аlѕо рrеѕеntѕ ѕоmе benefits to your personal lifе. You will hаvе more timе tо ѕреnd with your lоvеd оnеѕ. It will аlѕо save уоu a lоt оf money if уоu hаvе сhildrеn. If you ѕtау аt hоmе уоu wоn’t hаvе to pay еxреnѕivе bаbуѕitting ѕеrviсеѕ. Wоrking аt hоmе will рrоvidе уоu with more time tо уоurѕеlf. There’s just more time available to do the things that really make for a full and rewarding life. There’s a better and more fulfilling balance that you just can’t get when you are at the office 10 hours a day.

Organizational Incentive

You have to be more organized. Period. From how you lay out your work space to how you plan your days, it’s on you, especially when it’s your business. If your work ѕрасе iѕ оrgаnizеd thiѕ will еnѕurе уоu have a mоrе рlеаѕаnt еxреriеnсе and your home will benefit as well.

Wоrking frоm home hаѕ a lot оf advantages compared tо gеtting uр еаrlу аnd trаvеlling tо work. However, at thе еnd оf thе dау аll thаt matters iѕ hоw a person fееlѕ. Thеrе are реорlе whо enjoy gоing to work and nоthing beats that for thеm. Try tо decide fоr уоurѕеlf аnd choose what suits уоur wants аnd needs.

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Nab the Latest and Best Tech

You know you love technology. It’s everywhere and an intricate part of everyone’s daily life. I mean, without email, the internet, commerce and social media, the business and personal world today just simply would not exist. Everything is changed, and that’s a great thing.

Now, since you are working from home, you have a very valid excuse, uh reason, to be up-to-date on the latest and greatest technology. Better technology improves your experience, your focus, your productivity, and your overall satisfaction with your work. It can really make a huge difference in how well you get things done and how well your business performs. It’s really essential.
Some of the investments in technology I’ve made lately have really made a huge difference for me. Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite new additions!!
  • Logitech 4K Pro Webcam – the world’s first high-definition webcam, making it easier to stay in touch with colleagues, no matter where you are

  • MX Anywhere 2S – a powerful mouse that works seamlessly across three computers including navigating and copy-pasting between them

  • MX SOUND – premium Bluetooth speakers for an exceptional audio experience at your desk

  • Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard – a desktop keyboard that lets you easily switch between typing on your computer, tablet and/or phone

These items have been a really great improvement and I’m really happy I’ve been taking advantage of them each and every day. My kids take advantage of them, too, as you can see. But that’s another story altogether. They love them a little TOO MUCH, but I guess it’s the best way to get the most use out of each item. A least, that’s why I’ve been telling myself.

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#WFHWEEK 2018

Are you ready to party???? Oh yeah, all you work from homers. It’s not an ‘official’ U.S. holiday, but Logitech put a stake in the ground last year with their first annual National Work From Home Week. That’s #WFHWeek for the super cool. It was such a great success, I’ve decided to get in on the celebration with Logitech this year, and we hope you’ll join us. Watch our social channels for fun ways to participate and win great prizes!!!

And if you or your company would like to join us in celebrating National #WFHWeek, please fill out this form.

Why Every Employer Should Consider WFH (Work From Home)

Here it is, PROOF that you need to have some WFH options. It in yours and your employers best interests. Honest! Oh yes, this is the info you need to take back to your boss and make your case. As you can plainly, see, working from home benefits employees, employers and our planet. In just one week, Logitech employees and partners realized the benefits firsthand. It’s such a great benefit for workers today, it’s something I think everyone should be able to take full advantage of.

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Let’s Celebrate with Some Swag

In celebration of Work From Home Week, I’d love to work share with you all of the WFH essentials (valued at approximately $500) I just shared with you above!!! Get all the awesome I just talked about, baby, including:

Logitech Work from Home Tech Pack

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10 Things To Know Before Moving a Home-Based Business

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Home-based businesses are on the rise. The tech is so good that you can be at home and almost work as if you were in the office. I am living and breathing proof of this since 2008. Nonetheless, entrepreneurs are no different from other people in the sense that they may need to relocate at various times in their lives. Things happen, right?

Whether it’s upgrading to a bigger property after having another child or moving for the sake of your partner’s career doesn’t matter. Moving in a way that won’t disrupt business is vital, and here are 10 top tips to make sure that the transition to as smooth as possible.

1. Moving day is one where you will be restricted for time. However, you don’t want this to spill over into additional days. Click here to learn more about professional movers and how they can make the process far smoother. Get in quickly, and returning to work will be far simpler.

2. Communication will be essential during this testing period. Knowing that your home broadband and television packages are up and running for day one can save a lot of hassle. Alternatively, Apple users can tether their iPhone to other devices to make it a personal hotspot.

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3. The home office could take months to perfect, but you must at least create those boundaries. Without separating work from leisure, you’ll never get anywhere. Aside from the obvious furniture, this is a great time to invest in new gadgets that could boost business. Do not overlook this factor.

4. Help is available. Even if yours is a small family business, you could hire remote freelancers to deal with the admin to keep the venture ticking over. This removes a lot of pressure, which can allow you to focus on the relocation before switching back to work mode.

5. Moving offers a chance to reach new audiences. Whether the business provides a localized service or sells products via the internet doesn’t matter. Attending a trade show in the area and creating printed materials for use in the new hometown can help send sales through the roof.

6. The company’s online presence demands updated SEO strategies. If the business boasts a generic global appeal, you should be just fine. For ventures requiring localized presence, there is no option but to rethink the whole plan. Take on the latest trends, and you will be fine.

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7. Customers deserve to be informed of what is happening. Most clients will accept the situation while appreciating the update. Create a winning newsletter to ensure the company doesn’t lose its existing audience. This will save you the hassle of starting fresh over as if you were a brand new business.

8. Establish a work-life balance is vital, and this means appreciating the family too. Arrange some days out at new local attractions. Get them signed up for new clubs doing things they used to do in the old home. Meanwhile, ensuring that your bedroom encourages a good sleep is crucial.

9. Financial relief can be achieved in a variety of ways, not least when it comes to your accounts. Home upgrades and services that are directly related to the business can often be claimed back. Click here to find an accountant. The money they save your venture could be telling.

10. Your personality and drive count for everything. This will be a testing time for you on a business level as well as a personal one. Stay positive and committed at all times, and there’s nothing to stop you continuing the success you’ve enjoyed up until now.

What do you think? Are you ready to make the move? If and when you do, just make sure you hit all of these points and you’ll be fine. Off and running. Good luck!

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Work at Home Wednesday: The Chaotic Life of Work at Home Parents

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Many parents don’t want another person raising their children or having to deal with dropping their kids off to daycare so they opt in to find a way to create the best of both worlds. They are called Work at home parents. I would be one of them. My wife would be another. It seems great, but it’s not easy. At all. The work at home parent has decided to juggle both work and parenthood under the same roof and with it comes a bit of chaos. Sure the chaos can be managed and you will find your own tweaks to make this work, but it still is pretty chaotic.

While you may be able to figure out working hours versus family time, your kids won’t grasp this concept. The kids will see that their parents are home and have to ask you questions, sit down with you to chat about the next big show they are watching or come to you as they would any other time because you are there. It takes a special skill to train your kids to know when work time is in session and when family time is in session. This brings the number one part of chaotic life – your kids not respecting working hours because you are physically home. Most of the time they don’t even think you are working. No office, no work. Wrongo.

The next part of the chaotic life of work at home parents is that your family and friends won’t always respect boundaries. They know that you are home which in their mind means they can call, text, or pop in to visit with you. A person who doesn’t work at home won’t comprehend that importance of actually getting work done. Dude, don’t sit there all day then talk to me when I jump on a phone call. Clock work. Amazing. This is probably the most frustrating part of attempting to be successful when working at home.

Last but certainly not least, the most chaotic part of being a work at home parent is learning to cool your jets. Getting angry over the situation isn’t going to serve you any good. Fueling rage and negative emotions will only bring you down and make you less productive as a work at home parent. Occasionally you will have to step away from work to calm these emotions so that you can focus on getting work done without having a total meltdown. This is by far the most difficult portion of working at home; learning to get control of your emotions when frustrated that family won’t respect boundaries. I have learned to recongize a coming blow up, remove myself from the situation, start to take 5 deep breaths and chill. It works and it works well. It’s saved the business and the family!!!

While work at home parents may lead a pretty chaotic life there are so many benefits for opting into this line of work. The ability to have a flexible schedule, being more present in your kid’s life and having time to pursue your passions are just a few reasons why being a work at home parent is awesome.

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10 Businesses You Can Start For Under $100

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So you want to start a business, possibly at home, but you don’t have a ton of Silicon Valley VC’s or Wall St. investment banks knocking down your door. What’s wrong with you…just kidding. The truth of the matter is that there are many businesses one can start for under $100 and today we will share with you a list of these businesses so that you can work towards being your own boss in no time.

  1. ClickBank E-books Business – start a ClickBank account for free; start promoting some of the e-books they have on file there, or pay the $49.95 to sell your own e-books on ClickBank.
  2. Used Books Business – start a book selling business, whether you go through your own collection of books or purchase used books from a local shop.
  3. Pet Sitting Business – this is a great business startup for under $100 if you love pets. Many pet owners don’t have the extra time to take their pets for a walk, you could be their savior.
  4. Tutoring Business – you can earn big money if you are educated enough in a specific area to become an online tutor.
  5. Consulting Business – this can range from life coaching, to social media consulting to anything in between. Start advising others on an area you are the expert on for an hourly rate.
  6. Vlogging on YouTube – videos are super popular, if you know how to do something or can create tutorial videos, vlogging on YouTube can be your money maker business.
  7. Flipping Websites – this can be a pretty lucrative business if you start it up just write, purchase domains that have high rankings and sell them to others using Facebook Groups and Flippa.
  8. Freelance Writer – start your own freelance writing business for no major upfront costs, many content site owners will pay you to write their content.
  9. Homemade Soap Business – there are many easy ways to make homemade soap, if you have the skill, you can create your own profitable business making soap at home.
  10. Social Media Management – many businesses don’t have the desire to learn social media, become their management and start reaping the rewards of major cash flow.

There are many businesses you can start for under $100 these days, especially with so many people trying to find creative ways to be an entrepreneur versus an employee. The best tip to figure out what business will be lucrative for you is to think about your skills, time availability and dedication you will have to continue the business even on the difficult days.

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10 Things Every Home Business Needs

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You did it! You took that leap of faith and started your own home business. This is a dream come true for you and you are ready to dive into that work schedule, or are you? There are certain necessities that come with having a home business, and if you don’t have all of the right elements in this office it can have a detrimental effect on your productivity as well as overall happiness.

While no two people will have the same home business, there are some elements that hold true across the board for all home businesses. Today we will share a checklist of 10 things every home business needs as a means to get you started on the right path for productivity and overall happiness in your decision to work from home.

  1. Technology – even if you have the fastest tablets and smartphones available, having a desktop or laptop computer to work from will make you the most efficient possible.
  2. Apps – regardless of your ability to remember everything or not, you will need apps to assist with invoicing, scheduling appointments and monitoring social media presence.
  3. Good Lighting – this is essential in that the proper lighting can make it easier for you to see things, but also it can set the proper mood for work at home efficiency.
  4. Adjustable Desk – having a desk that can adjust in height will help you to move around while working from home, such as standing instead of sitting for a portion of your work day.
  5. Personalized Décor – you should feel comfortable and a little homey working your home business, so be sure to have artwork & other décor that boosts your spirits.
  6. Comfortable Chair – in addition to an adjustable desk, you should have a comfortable office chair that allows you to have good posture and feel relaxed while working.
  7. Good Printer – printers are a dime a dozen, make sure to invest a decent amount of business funds into having a good printer for maximum productivity and high quality printouts.
  8. Large Monitor – having a large monitor that allows you to do multiple tasks at once and not strain to see the screen is beneficial in keeping you productive.
  9. Surge Protector – this helps to ensure small power flickers won’t shut down your work in the middle of a project and keep your electronics safe from being fried by electrical strikes.
  10. Network Router – many home business professionals have multiple devices they work from, having a network router will keep you efficient in having multiple devices hooked up at once.

So, what do you think? Sometimes it seems basic, but it’s all very important. 10 things every home business needs as a means to be productive and happier in your decision to take your work from the office to at home. Hope this list helps guide you in the proper direction to become the successful entrepreneur that you dream to be.

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Basic Tips If You Think You Want To Work From Home

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You Work From Home? Really? I get that question a lot.

You want to work from home. You love the idea of being your own boss. The idea of working a schedule that suits your lifestyle while paying the bills sounds appealing, doesn’t it? It’s a mixed bag, with a lot of juggling and mania involved. I’m telling you now.

I’ve been working from home since 2008. It sounds like a long time. In fact, it is a long time. There are good days and there are not so good days. There are never, however, boring days. Dealing with work, investments, the kids, the house and who knows what else fills the day from 6:45AM until 10PM pretty much every night.

Here is what you need to know about working from home:

  • Enjoy a flexible schedule but remember you have to work to make money, sure you can set up a revenue stream that flows naturally overnight, but the real success to working from home is actually getting up and working
  • Learn to juggle family and work, both of which will challenge you each day you wake up, because you are there in front of the family’s face and they will test your work time versus home time until you set consistent boundaries
  • Some days you won’t make a dime and you will start to feel like this may not be the work for you. Work from home income can be amazingly high one week then ridiculously low another week, you will have to learn to balance finances accordingly
  • In order to be successful when working from home you have to have the right personality traits or else you may set yourself up for failure: you must be a self-motivator, dedicated, passionate and have a desire to work your butt off every day of the week

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Working from home can be a dream job, but it can be a nightmare, too. It’s something that so many people long to do, but with it comes both pros and cons. There is a lot of planning involved when it comes to working from home, because you need to have multiple streams of revenue as a means to pay your bills.

Here is what you need to think about before working from home:

  • What skills do you have that you can use to earn a living from your home computer?
    • Having a game plan in regards to business structure and what skills you will use to offer up to others is your first step in planning a work from home business
  • Will you need to hire someone to build your website or will you create it on your own?
    • There is nothing wrong with learning how to build a website on your own and save money in regards to web design, but it will take a lot of time to learn if you haven’t ever touched a website before
  • Do you have a fast, reliable computer and internet connection?
    • To be at your most efficient state possible you will need to have a fast and reliable computer as well as internet connection or else you won’t be able to get work done in a timely fashion, which will cost you money

There are many things to think about when it comes to working from home, between emotional and physical needs to tangible items that are required to do your job efficiently. No matter what position you decide upon doing from home, you won’t find success if you can’t first learn to balance family versus work time and have the proper equipment to get the job done efficiently. It’s a constant balance and struggle. You will feel that you are half-a$$ing everything, but you’re not. It’s just…different. You have to be able to drop everything you are working on to get your kid at school, or clean up the kitchen then do some emails after you put the kids to bed. You are literally doing it all at once. There’s no real solution to that. There can’t be. There won’t be. You just have to work it out as best you can and do the best you can.

Don’t worry, though. If you want to work from home, you can. Anyone can work from home and I will continue sharing ways in which you can quit that day job and return to the comfort of your home to make a living and live a positive lifestyle. At least…as best as I can. ;o)

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