The Best Telecommuting Opportunities

November 19th, 2014

tcThree million people now “telecommute” to company jobs from their homes an average two to four days a week, and studies show that millions more want to join them. Telecommuting can be a win-win proposition for you and your company. You gain flexibility and freedom, and reduce stress. Your company keeps a valuable employee who is happier and more productive than ever.

In very few companies will a manager tap you on the shoulder and transform you into a telecommuter. In most cases, you’ll have to take the initiative and present a compelling …

Working At Home Means Closer Relationships With Your Kids

November 5th, 2014

wahmsI sometimes go blank when friends ask me what I’ve been doing. Have I climbed a Himalayan peak? Gone white-water rafting? Birdied any golf holes? Reeled in a striped bass? I finally say, “Work and children–that’s taking up all my time.”

I’m embarrassed that I can’t better account for my time, until I read the newspapers. Then I realize that a lot of people are in the same boat, if not a leakier one.

My wife and I both work from home. Although we each take periodic business trips, we don’t have to deal …

Distractions Can Suck Profits Away From Your Business

October 25th, 2014

pafybFreedom and flexibility are two of the best benefits of working from home, but they can cause the most common problems as well. Getting started and then sticking to business can be a feat when you’re faced with such lures as the morning paper and unread magazines, beckoning yard work and housework, and favorite hobbies and pastimes. There are also soap operas, movies, and 24-hour sports on television, and, of course, friends, neighbors, and relatives who want your time. If you encounter any of these distractions, here are tips for getting to …

The Right Accountant Can Set You On The Road To Success

October 12th, 2014

rtsesWhen he began his search for a CPA to handle his business accounts, corporate-communications consultant Joe Quackenbush started to feel like Goldilocks in the house of the three bears. It was harder than he thought it would be to find an accountant who was just right. “It’s a bit bewildering out there,” he complained, “so many accounting firms, all telling you they can handle your books. But as I was just starting Luna Communications, I was determined to find a CPA whose language I could comprehend and who could understand my business style and goals.”…

Clean Up That Database And Come Out A Winner

September 5th, 2014

dabWhen you need to find and rearrange information, paper records pale compared with a computerized database. Still, if you’re like most people, you put off turning your paper files into disk-based data because it takes a lot of time to enter the data, both at the start and as an ongoing project.

Even if you get over that hurdle, there’s still the problem of inaccuracy. When you have a lot of information to type in, there’s a lot of room for errors–misspellings and typos. And what good is your database if its information is incorrect? …

Multiple Home Offices Means Benefits/Disadvantages

August 2nd, 2014

mhomCAN THERE REALLY BE HARMONY IN A HOME OFFICE OF TWO, THREE, or more? We’d certainly like to think so. Of course, anyone who’s ever tried to work side-by-side with a coworker or spouse in a spare bedroom or converted garage may have his or her doubts.

That’s because the economics of running a home office often demand that you share not only your space, but also your printer, fax, and other essentials. But thanks to networking and hardware-sharing products, it’s easy to make smart use of your equipment–and increase your efficiency.

To help you …

Is A Guestbook A Key To Customer Conversation?

July 11th, 2014

iagbkYour Web site is up and running, but are you interacting with visitors? Adding something as simple as a guest book–an area where users can sign in and volunteer comments and suggestions for your site–gives you a way to offer an entertaining, interactive feature that not only racks up hits, but helps you collect valuable market data and sales leads.

Jack Leigh, a photographer in Savannah, Ga., whose work graced the recent bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, couldn’t agree more. His Southern Images Gallery site includes a simple guest-book feature. “Because …

Keeping Connected Remotely Needn’t Be A Chore

July 3rd, 2014

kcrTELECOMMUTING IS ON THE RISE, and software manufacturers are making sure that their remote access software can handle the traffic. It’s no coincidence that market leader Symantec’s revenues in the first quarter of this year leapt nearly 40 percent over last year’s numbers. With the new features built into today’s remote access programs, people who need to run more than one computer can’t afford not to buy in.

Looking for security? How about software that automatically calls you back when you dial in to prevent anyone else from getting access? Want a program that’s easy …

Encryption Is More Than Just Security – It’s Safety

June 20th, 2014

eimtjpIF YOU’RE LIKE MOST PEOPLE, YOU wouldn’t dream of going to bed without making sure the front door is locked. And yet chances are you send sensitive information across the Internet without the slightest regard for security.

“If you e-mail something like a business plan or a legal negotiation, you’re playing with fire if you don’t use encryption,” says Mark Levitt, director of research at International Data Corp., a Framingham, Mass., research firm. It adds a step to the e-mail process, but for some home-based workers, it’s worth it.

In general, encryption software scrambles …

IMing Has Changed Drastically

May 8th, 2014

imTHE FRIENDLY CHIRP OF AN INCOMING MESSAGE IS music to the ears of any home-based worker hoping to stay in touch. Instant messages–the equivalent of an online chat in which two or more people communicate in real time by typing back and forth–offer substantial benefits: You don’t have to pick up the phone to ask a quick question. You can drop in on a client or coworker even if you’re at home. You can communicate cheaply on the road or even overseas. You don’t have to wait for a client to check her e-mail. And, …