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    April 25, 2016
    Ultimate List Of Companies That Need Remote Workers

    When you first decide to start working from home, it’s easy to get caught up in the sea of survey-taking and scamming. Some sites are legit, yes, but you’ll be working for pennies an hour. An extra $20 a month in gift cards is not going to cut it. That’s why I love this list by Anna at Real Ways To Earn Money Online. She’s compiled a huge post full of companies – that you’ve probably actually heard of– that are always hiring people who work from home. Check it out:

    Amazon – hires customer support workers

    American Airlines -hires work from home reservation reps

    Apple – home based customer support

    Carnival– work as a virtual vacation planner

    Mayo Clinic– hires work from home medical transcribers

    U-Haul  You can work at home for U-Haul doing everything from social media to roadside assistance.


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    April 20, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Industrial Chic Office Space

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    Photo from Maison Belle


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    April 19, 2016
    What Not To Do On Facebook

    Social media is an amazing (free) tool for getting your name out there. It’s especially helpful if you are a work-from-homer, freelancer, independent sales rep, or if you own your own business. However, just like with any other form of marketing, social media comes with its own set of faux pas. In fact, on Facebook or Twitter, blunders can be especially bad- since they are sent everywhere and read instantly. For what to stop doing on social media, read this post by Melissa at Blog Clarity:

    -Auto-posting from Facebook to Twitter- disconnect, and give each platform its own link to your content.

    -Overusing hashtags- don’t use more than one or two on Twitter/Facebook, no more than five on Instagram, and don’t use ANY on Pinterest.

    -Posting too much content at once- stay relevant, but don’t be annoying.


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    April 14, 2016
    Apps For People With Poor Time Management

    6084300527_f9fb9dcd12_zThat would be me. I’m a terrible procrastinator, and tend to find a million ways to be super un-productive for my entire day. I did just get a new app called Habitica, which is great for forming new habits and kicking bad ones (like meeting deadlines, working out, quitting smoking, or literally anything you want to achieve). I like it because it’s set up as a video game. Every time you check off something from your to-do list or your good habits list, you get experience points and can level up. It’s super fun (and free on the App Store)! If that’s not your style, check out this post by Laura at I Heart Planners for more apps that will keep you organized:

    Cozi (free)-  It has a calendar, journal, to do lists, and shopping lists.

    iTrackmyTime (free). This is a very simple, clean, and well designed app for tracking your time. 

    Any.DO (free). This to do app is amazing! I’ve tried a lot of to do apps and this is the best free one.

    30/30 (free). This is really great app to help you stay focused and on task

    Photo Credit: Mark Morgan 


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    April 8, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: I Am Obsessed With That Desk!
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    Really great tips on DIY office furniture and decor!


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    April 5, 2016
    Work From Home Idea: Photographer

    14343006063_f2e7048b3f_zNow, I realize that being a photographer means that you will probably not be working from home. Most of the time, you’ll be out in the world, taking pictures of beautiful things. However, it is still an opportunity to be self employed, set your own hours, and be your own boss! If you are a freelance photographer looking for ways to sell your photos online, read this article by Angie Nelson at The Work At Home Wife:

    Fotolia 

    Shutterstock 

    Dreamstime 

    FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

    Shutterfly

    Photo Credit: Kishjar 


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    March 30, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Office Under The Stairs

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    Photo from Decor Pad


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    March 29, 2016
    Best Apps For Bloggers

    5540953795_617de9187f_zTechnology makes our lives so much easier- especially our smartphones. Nothing is more convenient than walking around with a mini computer in your pocket. And, if you’re a freelance writer or blogger, phones can be an absolute godsend. There are tons of helpful apps out there for writers; my must-haves are WordPress, Plaintext, and social media apps like Facebook and Instagram. For more useful apps for bloggers, check out this post by Becca at My Crazy Good Life:

    -Feedly or Bloglovin- organize blogs you follow and see a constant feed

    -Pinterst- extremely helpful for finding other bloggers and post inspiration

    -Your blog- make an icon on your phone that instantly takes you to your blog- extremely helpful!

    -Google Analytics- see all the visitors and stats for your blog in realtime

    -Google Adsense- keep track of your daily earnings with this app.

    Photo Credit: PhotoAtelier 


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    March 24, 2016
    Pinterest For Freelancers

    16645001740_27a0ac1a57_zPinterest is a great tool for professionals to promote themselves, get their name out, and connect with potential clients. I follow Realtors, bloggers, crafters, cooks, makeup artists, interior designers, writers, and photographers and see their work (and their names) every day. If you are a freelance worker, you can grow your business significantly by using Pinterest the right way. Check out these tips by Gina Horkey at Horkey Handbook:

    -Set up a Pinterest business account (separate from personal accounts)

    -Follow as many like-minded individuals as you can- reach out to others in the same line of work as you, your Pinterest network will be a hub of important information

    -Create boards and join collaborative ones

    -Pin, pin, pin

    -Cold pitch to others- email other pinners/businesses (bloggers) an example of your work, and ask if you can do some freelance work for them. The worst they can say is no.

    Photo Credit: Bernard Goldbach 


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    March 17, 2016
    The Pros And Cons Of Working Remotely

    8085092769_f449f0bff2_zOne of my friends recently moved to another state because her husband got a new job there. She hasn’t found a new job there yet, so her current company is allowing her to work remotely for them. Working from home is great in some ways- you set your own hours, you don’t have to leave the house and deal with a commute, and you honestly have much more free time. However, it is MUCH easier to get distracted, get behind, and spend your evenings and weekends playing catch up. Check out this post by Ieva at therandomp blog for the pros and cons of working remotely, and decide whether or not it’s right for you:

    Con- you can feel misinformed, out of the loop, and miss out on communications if you are not diligent.

    Con- there is less contact with coworkers and clients- you can’t judge reactions by body language.

    Pro- you can do things whenever you want.

    Pro- way more independence and freedom

    Con- hard to organize other people and projects from far away.

    Photo Credit: dave.see 


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