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    October 17, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Clean Your Phone!
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox27ozg5

    Your phone is probably like an attachment of yourself- and it’s essential for all work-from-homers. But, you’d be surprised how much bacteria accumulates on it! Be sure to sanitize it periodically to fight off disease.


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    October 15, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Lush, Studious Office

    Photo from Field Stone Hill Design


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    October 13, 2014
    Need A Job In College? Here Are Some Ideas

    That you don’t have to leave your dorm to do. Some people think that the work-from-home world is solely for stay-at-home moms, or for people who live in rural areas that telecommute to a major company. However, that is simply not true! There are all kinds of work-from-home jobs out there, for people from all walks of life. Work-from-home jobs are especially great for college students. It’s a great way to earn extra cash, without taking out valuable studying time to commute. If you are in college and looking for some work opportunities, check out this post at Freebie Finding Mom for some ideas:

    -Become a tutor and work through your college, or out of your own home.

    -Dog sit or Babysit

    -Freelancer- Are you an English major? Into graphic design? Studying a foreign language? There are all kinds of freelancing jobs out there. Freelancing is an option for many industries including finances, graphic design, IT, copywriting, translating, and administrative tasks. Depending on your industry, there are specific websites you’ll want to check out. For example,99designs.com is great for graphic designers and artists. You may also want to look into www.elance.com.

    Photo Credit: Audio-Luci-Store 


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    October 6, 2014
    Time Manage Like A Pro

    If I had to pick out my major character flaw, it would be easy: I’m a terrible procrastinator. If something can be put off until literally the last second- it will be. If it CAN’T be put off, well, sometimes it will be anyway. I have to set up rigid routines for myself (which is hard, because I have almost no discipline) in order to get anything done. Over the years, I have improved- but I’m always on the lookout for more time management help. That’s why I love this article by Ruth Soukup at Living Well Spending Less:

    -List your priorities: Take ten minutes to write down the 5-10 things that are most important to you in the season of life you are in right now.
    -Set specific goals: List five major things you would like to accomplish by this time next year.  Be as specific as possible.

    -Get the hard, not-fun stuff out of the way first. There is a reason why math class is always first period in school.

    -Reset your habits

    Photo Credit: Omar Unlu 


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    October 1, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Creative Chalkboard Office

    Photo from Arkpad


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    September 29, 2014
    Blog Organization Tips

    Having a blog that is easy to navigate is essential if you want to pull in new readers, and keep the old ones coming back. If they can’t find the recipe, tutorial, or article that they’re looking for, they’re more than likely to just find it somewhere else. Using tags, search bars, and categories are great ways to organize your blog, but they can be quite a headache. Read this post at Tico and Tina for tips on how to straighten up your blog while keeping your sanity:

    -Categories are for big picture, tags are for smaller details

    -Make your “about” page easy to find

    -Keep your design simple- tons of bells and whistles can be distracting to readers

    The post also includes links to useful WordPress plugins- be sure to check it out!

    Photo Credit: Jacob Botter 


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    September 18, 2014
    Extra Money When Working From Home

    Whether you are already working from home, are a stay-at-home parent, or just have some free time where you’re looking to make some extra cash, there are plenty of ways to turn your time into money without getting out of your pajamas. If you’re already working from home, you can simply add these options to your current routine. If you’re looking to start, some of these are great ideas for first jobs. It can be hard to find legitimate work from home jobs, so this post from Suzanne Kearns at Money Crashers is awesome because it tells you how to avoid scams as well. Without further ado, here are a few ways to make extra money at home:

    -Freelance writing

    -Sell your knowledge by teaching online classes

    -Start a bed and breakfast in your home

    -Sell produce at a farmer’s market

    -Sell your crafts online or at a fair

    -Sell your time and voice at a call center

    -Work as a consultant and sell your knowledge and experience

    -Use your computer skills and work as a medical transcriptionist

    Photo Credit: Adikos 


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    September 17, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Funky Maximalist Desk + Hanging Lights

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    September 11, 2014
    How To Beat Blogger’s Block

    If you’re a creative person, you know what I mean by “burnout”. You have no inspiration. Whatever your craft, you suddenly can’t do it. You can’t draw, or paint, or write, or think of any new ideas at all. If your income is mostly or completely dependent on your craft, this can be disastrous. However, if you’re writing a post of original content every day, it will definitely happen. For tips on how to get over “blogger’s burnout,” read this post by Rebecca at Letters from Sunnybrook:

    The fun of writing gives way to the pressures of deadlines and earning potential, social media issues, and hosting commitments.

    Scale back — You decided to do X posts per week. You can choose to slow down the pace and catch your breath.

    Don’t post stuff you aren’t proud of

    Regroup — go back to why you wanted to write, what you wanted to write about, why this is important for you to do this.

    Photo Credit: Drew Coffman


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    September 5, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Gmail Tips
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox1qd55b

    These are great for any professional! I didn’t know any of them!


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