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Top 5 Work From Home Tips

Top 5 Work From Home Tips

best tips for working from home

You did it! You are working from home and living the dream. You are an inspiration to your friends and your enemies are steaming. Now what? Find out how to stay productive and focused at home with these five great tips.

Forget the traditional desk
Sitting at a desk all day, even at home, is not good for your body, concentration or happiness. Try relocating every 45 minutes or hour. Move to the couch, prop yourself up in bed, stand up at the kitchen counter or sit outside. Anywhere is better than just slumping over a desk.

Pick a system and stick to it
There are a few good productivity systems out there to choose from. Personally, I like The Pomodoro Method (opens in new tab). It fits in well with the timing of moving around and I find that it greatly increases my productivity and focus.

Work at your peak times
When you are your most awake and fresh is when the bulk of your best work gets done. Don’t squander your best hours by answering email or catching up on Twitter. Figure out when your peak times and your worst times are for concentration and schedule your work accordingly.

Regularly reconnect with others
Sequestering yourself may help get more work done in the short term but it’s not sustainable. Connect to your remote co-workers through video chat (Google Hangouts, Skype, etc) and mix in some chatter about non-work topics while you figure out how to get past your project roadblocks. Not only will it help keep your spirit up, it will increase the cohesiveness of your team.

Get out of the house
At least once a week, go work from somewhere else. Try the library, a cafe, shared workspace or the park. This can help you stay connected to others while taking away habits and distractions that steal your valuable time at home.

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How to get a work from home job with an empty resume

How to get a work from home job with an empty resume

work from home job with no experience

You know you can do the job. You know you would be an excellent employee. You look at your resume but you don’t see much. What can you do?

Turns out there is a lot you can do. This situation can be broken down into two scenarios. Whichever one applies to you, you can come out on top.

Scenario 1: The job is entry level or requirements are very basic

In this case, the employer isn’t looking for much. What separates you from everyone else applying for the job is your enthusiasm and strategy.

Either you have enthusiasm for the type of work involved in the job (e.g. you like learning new things and the job requires performing a lot of internet research) or you have an enthusiasm for the company or its ethics (e.g. you only buy sustainably made clothing and that’s the primary goal of the company). Showing plenty of enthusiasm in your cover letter, resume/CV and conversations for one of both of these will put you ahead of most of the other candidates. Astonishingly, most people never make the effort.

Scenario 2: The job lists experience or special educational requirements

It’s not impossible to get a job that requires specific experience or equivalent education without either of those. I have done it myself. Like in scenario 1, displaying large amounts of enthusiasm for the work and/or company is important, but you need to give the potential employer something additional to select you for. They may even need to justify hiring you to their own boss.

To get that extra something, you should research the details on that particular job or similar jobs at other companies. Find out the details of every job responsibility listed in the job ad or at least be able to talk in general about what goes into fulfilling that responsibility (e.g. creating multi-tab spreadsheets in excel then producing graphs of the results). Also, every job has a vocabulary associated with it that you can figure out before you apply. Being able to “talk the talk” in your cover letter and interview will almost assuredly get you on the short list.

Finally, the advanced and almost foolproof tactic for dealing with both these scenarios is to make your resume/CV the least important part of your job-winning action plan. First, do everything you can to cover the two scenarios above. When you feel confident in what you learned about the job and the company, track down the contact information that isn’t in the job ad.

Chances are, the ad directed you to go fill in some form or send your information to a generic email address. Do this, but don’t stop there. Find out who the likely manager or decision maker over this position is. Their name is out on the internet somewhere, possible along with their photo on the company’s web page. Also try LinkedIn or Twitter. Once you have identified the right person, or got as close as possible, get their email address and phone number.

You next and most crucial step is that you are going to contact them directly and show off your enthusiasm, knowledge and ability to “talk the talk”.

Send an email with your resume/CV attached and explain why you are perfect for the job. Point out that you applied through the requested channel, but you were so interested in the job that you wanted to speak to the person over the position directly. The day after you hit send, call them and do the same thing. This may seem unusual, but it works. Even if the person you contacted wasn’t the manager over the job, the right person will find out that you reached out. The person you contacted might even send you the correct contact information.

If this strategy makes you feel nervous, remember, this person is going to be your boss if you get the job. You might as well get used to talking to them now.

Of course, for a work from home job, this is only half the battle. Want to learn how to convince an employer that you can do the work from home? Then get an alert for my new webinar on landing the best work from home jobs without any previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

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Working From Home: 1909 Style

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Working from home has changed a lot in 108 years.

Working from home is almost seen as a privileged luxury today. Office-based cubicle denizens negotiate for the privilege with their bosses and the best remote positions at 100% distributed workforce companies are never short of qualified applicants. But there was a time when people, especially women, did anything they could to earn money from home and not always by choice. 

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Staying organized and being able to communicate is key within a growing distributed team and if you don’t have the right technology, growing pains can escalate into something a lot worse. While your current software tools may be sufficient now, how can you be sure they will be up to the task three years from now?

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Benefits of Working from Home in a Telecommuting World

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By Guest Author: Karalyne Blevins

As the working community continues to evolve and grow, more opportunities arise for workers and employers. A remote job can offer many benefits that accommodate you and focus on the individual needs required to motivate you to reach your highest potential. Whether you’re searching for employees or looking for work, a telecommuting lifestyle can change your career for the better.