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    November 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Inspirational Work Space

    Photo from Peone Tumblr

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    November 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Photo Ideas for IPhone

    Great, cheap ways to make your iPhone photos look gorgeous! Perfect for bloggers uploading pictures.

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    November 10, 2014
    Apps For Entrepreneurs

    If you’re a real estate agent, an entrepreneur, a freelancer, or other work-from-homer, you depend on your technology. Without my laptop and my smartphone, there’s no way I could get anything done. I write on my phone and my computer, post my articles, look for blogging images, upload my own photos, email- the list is endless. I use the WordPress app, Plaintext (a phone word processor), and Aviary, Flickr, and Instagram for photos. I don’t know where I would be without my phone. If you have your own business, or are a blogger, there are plenty of (free!) apps out there to help you. Check out this post by Scott Gerber at Mashable for a good list:

    -Lift- to develop good habits

    -Winstreak- This app helps you focus on what’s important and the steps you need to accomplish to move toward your goals.

    -CloudMagic- a powerful but simple search tool

    -Fleksy- lets you type without looking at your computer

    Photo Credit: Robert Scoble 

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    November 7, 2014
    Proper Laptop Posture

    When working from home, it’s easy to stay in bed all day hunched over your computer. But- that’s terrible for your back- and even worse for your productivity. Watch this video for tips!

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    October 30, 2014
    Should You Set Up An Email List For Your Blog?

    Currently, I’m subscribed the email lists of more blogs than I can count. Personal finance blogs, craft (crochet) blogs, mommy blogs, pet blogs, food blogs- the list goes on and on. I love seeing new crochet patterns, recipes, and tips in my email. It also makes me feel more connected with the writers, and lets me know if they are running any contests. So, if you are considering adding an email list to your blog, you should definitely do it! Read this post by Bonnie Andrews at HobbyToHot for more info:

    -It gives you direct access to your readers

    -It gives you access to feedback

    -It deepens your connection with your readers

    -It’s the highest “return on investment” of any other channel

    Photo Credit: Jonathon Narvey 

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    October 29, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gothic Inspired Halloween Office Decor

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    October 23, 2014
    Want To Start A Home Business? Here Are Some Ideas

    Does the idea of working from home appeal to you, but most work-from-home jobs just don’t seem to be a good fit? Sure, you can be a freelancer or a virtual assistant, but with those jobs, you still have a boss to answer to. Why not be your own boss? A great way to work from home is by starting your own small, online business. The best part is, since you don’t have a storefront, it doesn’t require a huge financial commitment. For some business ideas, read this post by Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents. Keep in mind that most of these are legitimate careers, and will take some training- but that’s what makes them so appealing:


    -Tax preparation

    -Hairstylist (My current stylist runs her salon out of her home! She keeps more of her money, and I get to see her adorable dogs when I get my hair done)


    -Medical Transcription

    -Grant Writing


    -Mystery shopping

    Check out the post for full descriptions on what each career requires, as well as the training you will need and the average salary. It’s an invaluable resource!

    Photo Credit: Maegan Tintari 

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    October 17, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Clean Your Phone!

    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, is great for graphic designers and artists. You may also want to look into

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