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Best Cities to Work From Home

Best Cities to Work From HomeBy Sarah Landrum

Working from home is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. In fact, it seems as though more and more companies are adapting their offices and tasks to make working from home more plausible for their employees. This cuts down on costs for employers and makes employees happy, working from the comfort of their own homes.

Because this trend is growing, it’s possible for you to live anywhere you want, in any city you want, depending on your occupation. This begs the questions: What’s the best possible city to work in when you work out of your home? This list takes into account Internet speed, cost of living, general happiness of citizens and even more.

San Francisco

San Francisco is the perfect place to live if you work from home. It’s a fantastic city with a mild climate. Cost of living can get pretty expensive, but the city still offers fast Internet, great businesses and companies to work for, along with beautiful views and delicious food. The city is even working on getting Internet connections on public transportation vehicles.

Washington, D.C.

Working for the government has never been easier. There are actually laws in place that mandate government agencies to allow their employees to work from home, so naturally, living there is a great place for a telecommuter. The access to the Internet and the fact that it’s a pretty cool city doesn’t hurt either. (more…)

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5 Reasons Not to Wear Your PJ’s to the Office

5 Reasons Not to Wear Your PJ's to the OfficeBy Patty Buccellato

Did you start your workday at the computer in your snugglies this morning? Convenience is probably one of the reasons you started an at-home business in the first place. You can stumble from bed, to coffee maker or kids’ room, to your office in less time than it takes most workers to plan their morning commute. It goes to follow that comfy clothes are a regular workday temptation.  But like many other temptations, giving in is not always in your best interests.

Just as having a clear-cut workspace delineates the separation in mental focus from personal to business, “getting dressed for work” can shift you into a more purposeful mind space for the professional goals you’ve established. A well-put-together personal appearance boosts results in tangible ways.

Consider the impact on five success-producing qualities:

1. Confidence.

In a study of 100 women ranging in age from 21 to 64 — 96% “believed that what they wear affects how confident they feel.” (Most of us are aware that we’re judged significantly by appearance. Whether you’ve been ignored at a store in favor of a better-dressed customer, or passed over for a promotion in the workplace, it’s likely you’ve had some direct run-in with the effects of appearance and dress. (more…)

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How to Start & Run a Successful Subscription Business From Home

How to Start & Run a Successful Subscription Business From HomeSponsored by Cratejoy

Subscription boxes have been growing in popularity over the last year, with both consumers and small or home business owners, for a while now. The end of 2015 saw a rapid increase in overall interest: Individuals starting, buying and talking about subscription commerce as a new and exciting way of doing business.

So what makes subscription boxes a good idea for you?

Think of it this way: One of the reasons subscription boxes are so popular is that it feels like a little surprise gift — from yourself, to yourself — every month. You know you’ll like the stuff, since you signed up for the subscription, but you also get the experience of opening it up every month.

If you like the idea sending yourself a little gift from the future every now and then, you probably have some great ideas for what would suit you perfectly all lined up and ready to go. The great thing about starting a subscription business is that you already know your audience, and it can be as small as you want and still see a profit, if you price and present it right:

Thanks to the internet and modern technology, you don’t have to need a billion-dollar idea to make money as a subscription box merchant.

You just have to know what you like.

For example, my stepmother has been a career nurse and hospital administrator for nearly thirty years. To instantly make her into a subscriber, I would design a box to serve her value not just as a nurse, but as a sophisticated and appreciated individual: Something the world tends to forget. (more…)

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How to Make Your Home-Based Business a Partnership

How to Make Your Home-Based Business a PartnershipBy Deborah Sweeney

The vast majority of home-based businesses are sole-proprietorships – according to the SBA a mere 4% of firms based out of a private residence operate as partnerships. And while going it alone may fit the standard idea of a home-based business, running yours with a partner can be a real boon for your burgeoning company. Not only is the total number of partnerships on the rise, but according to the IRS, the average revenue of partnerships grew at triple the speed of sole-proprietorship between 1980 and 2007.

So why the low number of home-based partnerships?

Well, running a business from your home is a very personal undertaking, and it’s uncomfortable inviting someone into your house to help run a company. But if you think someone would make a great business partner, and you can move past that discomfort, a partnership may be a great option for your home-based business as long as you properly set it up.

Decide Exactly Where You’re Going to Work 

One of the trickiest parts to running a home-based business is corralling off an area specifically for your company. It’s very easy to let your home and professional lives bleed into each other when a door or hallway is the only barrier separating the two. Running a partnership from home makes this arrangement even more complicated, so it’s important to set boundaries early on. (more…)

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Best Ways to Earn Income From Home in 2016

Best Ways to Earn Income From Home in 2016By Holly Reisem Hanna

There is absolutely no excuse for you NOT to earn money from home this year! With advances in technology, more jobs are able to be done from home and startup costs for launching your own business are little to nothing.

If you’re ready to FINALLY work from home — here are some resources you MUST check out!

Full or Part-Time Telecommuting Positions.

Here are the top work-at-home career fields for 2016 and some of the companies that hire remote workers in each of these fields:

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? These articles offer solutions to your biggest concerns: (more…)

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