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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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How to Start Your Own Home-Based Photography Business

Working from home is the ultimate goal for a lot of people today, and it is becoming a real possibility across many different industries. If you have a passion for photography and you are thinking about starting your own home-based business, read on to discover the key steps you need to follow.

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Decide what types of photography services you are going to provide – The first thing you need to do is decide what type of photography business you are going to be. Rather than trying to cater to everyone’s needs, you will usually find that you can attract more customers by providing a niche service. For example, you may decide to do wedding photography, or you may take photographs for businesses that require unique content for their brochures. Zone in on what you are best at and focus on that.

Develop your business plan – Just because you are setting up a business from home does not mean you don’t need a business plan. This is really important. It’s your roadmap to success and it will help you not only plan but to also stay the course. This takes time and all the thought and effort you can muster. You still need to outline all of the details of your business, including the services you will provide, marketing strategies, financial projects, and how you will differ from the competition.

Determine a business structure – Decide whether to create a limited liability company (LLC), an S-Corp, a C-Corp or a sole proprietor. Speak to people, speak to your accountant, look up the differences online. It’s a very important step, so make sure it’s the right one for you.

Create a business name – Take the time to find the perfect name for your business. This will become one of the most important parts of your brand identity, so you need to choose something that you are going to be happy with for years and years, and something that reflects the type of photography you do.

Officially establish your photography company – Once you have a business structure and name, you will need to obtain the correct license and permits required. This depends on where you are based.

Gather the suppliers and equipment you need – You probably already have some photography equipment if this is your hobby. However, you need to determine whether your existing equipment is of the level of quality required. You can’t afford to cut corners once you turn professional. The Nikon D3400 is a popular choice amongst experts. Don’t forget all of the other supplies you are going to need too. This includes packaging to deliver the photos, quality photo paper, photo editing software, batteries, flashes, and lenses. You may also need screens and lights so that you can control lighting for better photographs.

Marketing your business – Last but not least, you will need to create marketing materials. A website is a necessity, and it is also a good idea to consider business cards and brochures. You will need a portfolio to show off your work, but don’t use clients’ photographs without their permission. You will also need to master social media marketing, and it is advisable to attend events and trade shows that are catered to your market. For example, attend wedding shows if you are planning to do wedding photography.

There’s so much to consider when starting a business, whether it’s an at-home business or not. Just take your time and give it all you have. It’s always worth a shot creating something for yourself. It’s the best path toward success and it’s easily the most satisfying. It can be nerve-wracking, of course, but the risk is worth the reward. Best of luck!!

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4 Easy Ways to Prepare Work at Home for Back to School Season

Ah the lovely joys of back to school season. This is the time when work at home parents have to learn to juggle sports, extra-curricular activities and back to school shopping trips all between getting client work done and keeping the household afloat. During the days of back to school season it can be easy to wonder why we have to feed our children, bath them and tend to their needs. The struggle is real during this time of year for any parent, never mind the work at home professional. If you are determined to get your work done while juggling back to school season then continue reading for 4 easy ways to prepare work at home for back to school season.

Get the House Setup

Not only do you need to get those kids back onto a school routine but you must have your house setup properly for the homework sessions, after school snack time and the hustle and bustle that comes with school life. Setup cubbies and other organizational areas so that your kids know where homework will be completed and where their daily after school snacks will be. Get the lunch area ready in the fridge so you pack up their lunch the night before and there’s a designated area in the fridge for them to grab it on the way out the door. Be certain you have the house setup for this back to school, crazy activity season before it even begins.

Prepare Work Load

Next you will want to be ready for less working hours and more parenthood hours. The beginning stages of back to school season require more parental duties, driving kids here and there as well as being prepared to complete the loads of paperwork that arrive for parents to complete at start of year. Prepare your work at home clients so that they can be a little more flexible with deadlines as well as to prioritize workloads so that you know what tasks can wait a little and which ones need to be completed before back to school season gets in full swing.

Create a Schedule

If your kids are in many activities such as sports, band and other extra-curriculum activities that can take up time in the evening hours then get that schedule ready. At this time the school and teams may not have a schedule but you can at least try to create a schedule in anticipation for the extra time you will need for the parental duties once school starts. Some sports and activities start before school has begun, be prepared with this schedule that will be placed in the family room for all to see.

Have a Family Meeting

Depending upon the ages of your kids, you should consider having a family meeting. The kids have just had a full summer break of lax routine and you have taken full advantage of not having to leave the house in the middle of work at home hours for months now. It’s time to sit down as a family and get united on a plan of attack for back to school season. Allow for open communication so that each family member may address issues or questions they have and make a plan for how you will work together as Team Family to tackle this back to school season while still getting work done.

There you have it, 4 easy ways to prepare work at home for back to school season. It may seem like a hectic time but if you take each step one by one, you will soon feel calmer and more prepared to get everything done that needs to get done. Good luck with your mission to get work done while juggling all that back to school season brings to your life.

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Great Gadgets for Work at Home Professionals

Working from home may mean that you sit in a chair that creates back pain. The back pain turns to headaches and the headaches don’t let you get much work done. There are many gadgets for work at home professionals that will make you comfortable, more efficient and in turn increase productivity. Today I am sharing great gadgets for work at home professionals that solve various issues that incur when you sit at home and work all day.

Amazon Echo

This device allows you to easily command music or news in the background while you work. Whatever your fancy, be it music or news, Amazon Echo can really help you remain calm or stay up to date with the latest news while you work at home.

Solar USB Charger

Every work at home professional has some electronic device that needs to get charged during their working hours. Consider getting a solar USB charger that can easily keep your smartphone or tablet fully charged without raising electricity costs.

Roomba

Sure you may be working at home all day so others think you have time to clean. Cleaning is not really a priority when you have to be in the office making that cash flow. The Roomba is a must have gadget for work at home professionals so the home is free of dust bunnies, all day long.

Clip-On Cup Holder

Sure this isn’t an electronic device. It’s simply a cup holder that you can clip to the side of your desk. This great gadget makes sense for the work at home professional because we all know coffee cups can spill all over your work! Get a clip-on cup holder to alleviate the mess on desk.

Desktop Punching Bag

Do you ever have a moment when a client frustrates you to a point that a desktop punching bag would come in handy? I think we all have frustrating moments when working at home, that’s why I recommend getting this gadget – a desktop punching bag. Great way to relieve stress!

iPad Pedestal Stand

Most work at home professionals are workaholics who become a master in the art of multi-tasking. If this defines you and you own an iPad then consider the iPad pedestal stand. Place this stand in the bathroom so you can work even while having a bathroom break.

Livescribe Echo SmartPen

Last, but certainly not least, this Echo SmartPen can be a life saver for any work at home professional that jots notes down frequently. Created to work with the Echo desktops, this pen works just like a regular one but with a catch. This pen can record audio too!

Let’s face it, the year is 2017 and the gadgets are extensive. Almost any work at home professional can find a slew of gadgets that will help them remain efficient during trying times. Check out each of these great gadgets for work at home professionals and tell me…

Which one would you want most?

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How to Survive School Break when Working From Home

It’s another magical time of the year. The schools in NY and elsewhere will let out next week for President’s Week. It’s a great week since it’s mid-winter, a time when most people are not exactly feeling their cheeriest. I always liked this break. I feel that the timing is awesome. When you are a work at home parent, however, these school breaks can wreak havoc upon your regularly scheduled work day. The mere thought of it can send fear and terror into the hearts and minds of any adult!

I am here to share with you a few tips on how to survive school break when working from home so that your kids can enjoy their break while you can still enjoy making that cash flow.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Get those markers and poster board handy! If you want to survive school break when working from home you must setup a schedule that each kid can see from anywhere in the home … if this means plastering your whole home with the schedule then do it. It’s time to sit down and figure out how you will mold your work from home day while the kids are on school break and place that onto a poster board display for the kids to easily review during school break. Think about breakfast, snack, as well as lunch and in between times to ensure you have covered all bases of keeping kids busy and self-entertained during school break.

Take a Break

Your kids want nothing but your full attention, that’s their job. Kids always want to impress their parents and have the engagement from their parents. Some kids will even go as far as to get negative attention, because any attention is better than no attention. Be certain to take a break throughout your work from home day to give the kids your undivided attention. The key to surviving school break with kids when you work from home is to balance their time with work time. Perhaps lunch time is a great mid-day break where you sit with the kids and enjoy a meal. Converse with them over this lunch break and listen to all they have to say. This little mini-break to eat with the kids will surely pay off to let the remainder of your work from home day be productive.

Create a Chore List

Surely you have to get work done when home so why should that be any different for your kids? Try to create a daily task list for each kid. Make sure to have a daily task list so that each kid knows what they are expected to complete within working time and this will serve to keep them busy. If you have older children, enlist them to monitor or babysit the younger kids. Perhaps even pay the older kids for their time to be dedicated to monitoring the little ones while you work from home during school break. There’s nothing wrong with bestowing some responsibility within your kids so that you can get some work done while they learn some great life skills.

Be Reasonable

Don’t expect to get large projects done all at once, during school break you will truly have to learn the skill of juggling work and family much more than during the school season. School break is the perfect time to start working on balance, multi-tasking skills and learning how to let your kids know their time matters but work does as well. Be reasonable in your expectations with both kids and your work load, prepare your clients for a lapse in response time so they understand you are working your best during school break but communication may be minimal during these days. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it honest with clients, after all, most of them know you got this and will respect a slight change in schedule to accommodate your family needs.

Good luck, chin up! Do your best to enjoy the week and get our work done!

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How to Balance Family and Work at Home

Working from home creates a more lax environment where one could completely fail if not careful to balance play and work. With the freedom that working at home brings, it’s important to learn self-discipline so that you remain focused on monetary success while also enjoying life in this new found freedom. Just about everyone I know, with kids especially, just can’t seem to wrap their heads around the concept. Believe me, I get it. Sometimes I think I’m crazy. Other times, I think I’m a genius. As with much in our lives, it all depends on the hour, the day, the week.

Here are some tips on how you can learn to balance play and work at home:

  • Get Rid of Distractions – there’s nothing worse than trying to get some work done with the house phone is ringing or the kids are screaming. Learn to get rid of those frustrating distractions during work at home hours so you can focus on your job versus home life.
  • Set a Time for Business – this holds true for any work at home profession, while you may not have as much wiggle room in work hours as you desire, setting a time for business will determine whether you get that work done to go play or not.
  • Share – Tell your spouse about your work and your day. Once in a while show your kids what you are working on, too. Get everyone involved.
  • Stay Focused – if you want to learn a balance between play and work at home then you have to stay focused on the job at hand. One cannot have play time if they are using their work time frivolously. One most stay focused at all times during work hours.
  • Mealtime – Have lunch out with your wife and spend snack time with the kids.
  • Prioritize Work – when you have a to do list on your desk each day and learn to prioritize your work load, play time will come naturally. That balance of work at home and play simply arrives and man do you feel fantastic.
  • Designate Play Time – last but certainly not least, you work at home to enjoy life so why not schedule play time into each day or each week. Allowing yourself to have a little play time during after work is a great way to help keep yourself sane and keep the others in the house that can’t quite understand the concept of “work” happy, too.

You must always stay focused, driven and allow yourself some time to slack off. It’s important that you have play time while working at home to keep yourself on the right path of monetary success. As human beings we thrive best when we have that balance of success and reward. Play time is exactly that, our reward for a job well done. I have to admit, this is all easier said then done. Almost every day it seems that I am being pulled in 10 directions, with everything jumping all over everything else on my to-do list. It can be tough but it’s also really rewarding. I get to see my kids and do so much that I was never able to working 60-70 hour weeks and traveling all the time in my old life as a consultant. Sure, there are days where it’s nuts and there are days when I need to get out, but other things really outweigh all of that. Hey, they grow quickly…the office is always there.

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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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