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26 Oct

Misconceptions of Working from Home

Posted in Establish your virtual home office, Everything Else, Minimizing Distractions on 26.10.17

Working from my virtual home office is the best thing I have ever done for myself and my family. However, not everyone feels that way. There are some virtual workers that need the everyday office drama, water cooler conversation and feel somewhat isolated from the day to day grind of the traditional brick and mortar job.

I personally have more interaction with people working from my home office than I would if I worked outside of the home. By working virtually, I am able to pick and choose my working relationships. In a traditional office, I would be required to interact with everyone.

Do you need ideas on how to set up your virtual home office?

Check out Melissa’s Book-Your Virtual Home Office Can be a Reality! It has tons of great ideas on setting your work situation and starting that successful journey!

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05 Jul

Coping with Kids working from the home office

Posted in Establish your virtual home office, Minimizing Distractions on 05.07.17

As school lets out for the summer break, many work-at-home parents are struggling with how to keep their kids pre-occupied while they work from the home office.    Now that my daughter is older (age 13), she requires very little of my time and does not affect my home office operations much.   However, when she was younger (in pre-school or early elementary school), keeping her busy while I was working was quite a task.

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Here are few quick tips for occupying younger children during the summer break:

  • Remember that this is their summer – their break from routine.    Scheduling several interactive and engaging activities during the summer break will provide much needed “together time” and lifelong memories.
  • Depending on your situation, your work is still a priority.   You still need to accomplish specific tasks during their break.

Work with your family and children to create a balance between summer break, vacation and work.   Chapter 14 offers an array of tips for working with families.

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23 Jun

Backing up Work Files

Posted in Establish your virtual home office, Everything Else, Minimizing Distractions on 23.06.17

While working from your home office, it is very very important to back-up your computer files. I find this topic one that has hit home recently. My husband’s personal computer crashed this week and he lost all data stored. His data was very important since it housed all of our financial information. Since working from your virtual office is your main source of income, it is high priority to schedule time to back-up your computer files.

Some telecommuters complete this task weekly and others once per month. It does not really matter when you back-up files for your virtual business, but think about the position you would be in today if you lost your entire computer and all data and how easily you can avoid that situation.

Are you set up for a successful journey working from home?

Take Melissa’s quiz in chapter 2-Will working from home work for you-Personality Profile and worksheet in Melissa’s Book-Your Virtual Home Office Can Be a Reality!

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01 Jun

Pets and the Home Office

Posted in Establish your virtual home office, Everything Else, Minimizing Distractions on 01.06.17

My home office is professional in so many ways, but it still has the feeling of home.    It is not uncommon for my dog Lucy to be napping in my virtual office in the warm sunshine coming through the window.   But great care is taken to prevent issues during conference time or time when do not disturb has been initiated. For example, I have a scheduled meeting at 10:00am and I will make sure my office door is closed and I will not be disturbed. Based on my call, no one will know I am working from my virtual home office. Pets are allowed in my office when it is convenient for me; but otherwise, they have a proper place outside of the office.

Before you establish your home office, you may want to evaluate options for your pets and determine how a virtual office may affect them.

Do you need ideas on setting parameters for your virtual home office? Check out Melissa’s Book to start you work from home journey- “Your Virtual Home Office Can Be a Reality!

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02 Mar

Negative Press in the Work at home industry

Posted in Establish your virtual home office, Minimizing Distractions on 02.03.17

I subscribe to several work-at-home news feeds and I am always interested in reading the perspectives from my work at home colleagues.  However, in the last week or so, I have noticed several articles where the author viewed their home office in a negative light.  It appeared that the authors were not well prepared in developing their home office environment; and thus, were bombarded with a continuous flow of family interruptions.   

If you need help in planning your home office or working with your family to minimize distractions, you might want to review chapter 14 of Melissa’s book-Your Virtual Home Office Can Be a Reality!

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