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5 Hot Work at Home Job Trends for 2013

5 Hot Work at Home Job Trends for 2013By Holly Reisem Hanna

With the unemployment rate at a staggering 7.7% and companies looking for ways to save money during these difficult financial times, freelancing and telecommuting are becoming more popular than ever.

According to Rich Pearson, Chief Marketing Officer for Elance, the growth of the virtual office means that employment is no longer contingent upon where you live, which is mutually beneficial for both job seekers and employers alike.

So what are some of the top ways to work from home for 2013?

1. Tech Specialists: Do You Speak Geek?

Technology Specialists are highly skilled and trained individuals that are familiar with core technologies such as PHP, JAVA, HTML, flash, mobile application development and much more. Not only do they diagnose and repair technical issues related to various computing network operations, but many create, design and mold the technology that we use. (more…)

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Working at Home May Not Be By Choice

By Maya Risman

To have the choice to work from home can be a total blessing.  Making your own hours.  Not having to converse with annoying co-workers. Working at your own pace and on your own time.

But what if working from home was not a choice?

What if circumstances dictated the necessity to abruptly leave your office desk and quickly shift responsibilities to the taking care of a sick or disabled child, a parent or even a husband for an indefinite period of time?

Many questions begin rushing through your head.  First and foremost, questions regarding your loved one’s health and well-being.  And not far behind, you have questions regarding your job security.  Is your employer required to leave your job open? Is your employer required to pay you while you are out of work?  (more…)

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When You Work at Home, Do You Really Need a Vacation?

By Christy Schutz

Whether self employed or working for someone else, those of us who are able to work from home realize we are incredibly blessed. As Work at Home Women, we get to enjoy many wonderful perks, like being able to throw a load of laundry into the wash in between conference calls, or relishing our 30 second “commutes” and “casual” wardrobes. But there are some challenging realities that come with working from home as well.

One of the things I struggle with in today’s highly connected, technological, topsy-turvy, contemporary virtual “workplace” is my hesitancy to unplug for a little while. This is especially true when it comes to official vacation time. I mean, as a Work at Home Woman, I already enjoy considerable work/life balance. So, are legitimate vacation days really that important? Apparently they weren’t because in 2011, I forfeited 8 vacation days. That’s right. E.I.G.H.T. days! When my HR Team made me aware of this fact, I stopped and reflected on it. (more…)

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Making It Work When You Both Work From Home

Making It Work When You Both Work From HomeBy Christine Kane

Do a quick Google search and you’ll likely find a million tips and tricks for turning one of your extra bedrooms into the perfect home office or prioritizing and maximizing on your time when you work from home. But what about when you and your significant other both work from home? Having two people vying for at home work space is a little more trying then one of you working from home and the other traipsing off to the office each morning.

Here are 5 strategies for making it work when you both work from home.

Create Separate Work Spaces:

As tempting as it may be to office share with your spouse, it’s likely going to end up being more distracting than productive. Carve out your own personal niches to get work done, even if it is as simple as putting up a space divider in an extra bedroom. By having your own personal space you’ll be more focused on getting work done. (more…)

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Engaging the Work At Home Worker

Engaging the Work At Home WorkerBy Christy Schutz

As a corporate gal myself, my posts for The Work at Home Woman are usually focused on maximizing the opportunities presented to us as “remote” or “virtual” employees. As I have said before, there are a lot of obvious things to be grateful for (e.g. being home when my kids get home from school, having greater flexibility with work and life issues, no commute, working in my “street clothes” vs. pumps and suits, etc.).

But there are some significant challenges that come with being a home-based worker, too. We have to work a little bit harder to promote our accomplishments to our bosses and we can often miss out on the synergies that we’d experience by being face-to-face in a more traditional office setting.

Keeping remote employees engaged can be really tricky, too. After all, that motivational speech or team challenge really seems to lose its luster via email or conference call. How do we keep everyone excited and connected to the team when we are physically isolated from one another? Check out the following tips for some possible answers!

1.) Adopt An Instant Messaging Tool

One of the things that really help us stay connected in a traditional office setting is the way we can instantly access one another. (more…)

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