The Benefits of Working from Home

Ms. Career Girl

While some people believe that working 40 hours a week in an office space is the best way to be productive and get the business to perform its best, others believe that this is an old-fashioned and outdated form of working. The world of work is adapting, and rapid changes are occurring.

5 Must-Know Tax Deductions if You’re Self-Employed

Ms. Career Girl

The post 5 Must-Know Tax Deductions if You’re Self-Employed appeared first on Ms. The self-employed lifestyle has many benefits. It’s great being your own boss, having flexible hours, working from home, and having more tax deductions. Home Office.

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“Are employers required to reimburse internet expenses for home-based employees?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Question: Dear Alan: I do all my work from home. This requires that a great part of my communications with my customers, my coworkers and my employer have to be over the internet. Do I have a right to be reimbursed by my employer for my monthly internet expenses? Answer: Dear Liselle: Your question is very common, as more and more people engage in home-based work, often called “telecommuting,” and use a variety of technologies to do so.

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5 Negotiation Tips Every Career Girl Should Know

Ms. Career Girl

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the work force, the challenges of negotiating pay affect all of us. She was caught by surprise while working as a government economist, to learn a male coworker in the same position was paid over $60,000 more than she was!

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When One Job Is Not Enough…

Career Realism

Courtesy of unpredictability in the world’s economy, advances in modern technology and better education, many women now enjoy six-figure salaries in positions of corporate leadership, with their spouses left to care for the children back home. In a perfect world, either or both spouses could work full-time or part-time, depending on their preferences. Use this opportunity to reduce your hours at work, or ask your spouse to reduce theirs. Public Transportation.

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coworker assumes we’ll give him rides, can I fire a new hire for being pregnant, and more

Ask A Manager

I have a coworker who always assumes that someone will drive him to and from meetings outside our facility. He owns a car but usually takes public transportation to work since it’s cheaper and his wife can use the car. It’s one thing to give him a ride to a meeting from work because we are going the same place, but he never asks, he just follows you out to your car. You’re right that his transportation isn’t your responsibility.

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It’s Earth Day: Easy Ways to Be Green at Work


Working from home for the past seven years as enabled me to reduce my carbon footprint, too. HOW YOU CAN BE GREENER AT WORK. Using cloud computing services at work can help reduce the need to download software, thereby freeing up memory on your Mac or PC.

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my coworkers won’t cut expenses, pop culture references in interviews, and more

Ask A Manager

A few months ago we received an email from the Big Boss (head of our business unit) that we are entering a “cost cutting” exercise due to business needs and they need everyone to make efforts to ensure our costs/expenses are “as close to zero as possible.” But I’ve done what I can — e.g. I walked five miles with heavy equipment rather than take public transport which the others did. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

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DC Urged to Telecommute on the 20th

Telecommuting Journal

Home Archives About Contact Subscribe Telecommuting Journal DC Urged to Telecommute on the 20th January 7, 2009 · 1 comment The Telework Exchange released a press release yesterday urging all D.C. Telework reduces area congestion and pollution as well as maintains business continuity, work/life balance, and productivity. From improved COOP to employee retention, productivity, and green initiatives, telework is a proven success.

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when snow keeps employees from leaving, sending people home early for holidays, and more

Ask A Manager

Employees don’t want to leave work to drive home in the snow. What do you do during a snow storm when some employees feel highways are not safe to travel on and do not want to leave work and yet some do? Is it an employer’s responsibility to provide a place of refuge in case an employee feels it is unsafe to travel the highways home? Can I ask to work from home for a few days if I can’t stop crying?

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“Telecommuting and Flex-Time – 15 Steps for Your Request and Success”

Sklover Working Wisdom

ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ”: There is a very significant trend in the workplace on a worldwide basis: employees are increasingly working outside the usual office location (broadly defined as “telecommuting”) and outside the usual office hours (broadly defined as “flex-time.”) In addition, this trend often enables reduced commuting costs and time for the employee, and reduced real estate and related costs for the employer, surely a “win-win.”

7 Things You MUST Consider Before Accepting A Job

Career Realism

Do I like the people I’d be working with at this company? While you don’t necessarily have to be buddy-buddy with them, you want to make sure you can at least get along so you can work together effectively. Does the work environment mesh with my work style?

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who gets the miles for business travel, boss has one foot out the door, and more

Ask A Manager

If you travel for work, do you think it is okay to collect air miles, airline rewards points, or hotel rewards points in your personal account? I used to travel heavily for work, and always kept the air miles and hotel rewards points for myself; what do you think? So I think it’s a nice gesture to let people keep the miles and points earned from their trip, in recognition of the fact that they’re the ones bearing the burden of being away.

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Career Prospects for the Realistic Personality Type

Career Key

skip to main | skip to sidebar The Career Key Blog Making a lifetime of smart career decisions about career options, college major and education choices, being self-employed, & the right career test. Again, talk with people working in the field. Happy New Year from The Career Key!

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4-Day Weeks

Telecommuting Journal

Home Archives About Contact Subscribe Telecommuting Journal 4-Day Weeks June 9, 2008 · 4 comments I actually have 7 day work weeks, but it doesn’t matter how many times I sit down at my desk to work in any given day or week – it doesn’t cost me any gas money to get here. It’s one of the perks of working at home, right?! Right now they attend school from 8am to 2:20pm.

2008 100

can my wife and I apply to do a job jointly, what “thanks for coming in” means, and more

Ask A Manager

So am I automatically disqualified from the position because I don’t own the technology for the interview? Employers have no business requiring this type of effort from candidates before they’ve even made it past a first cut. When should I ask employers about subsidized transit and working from home? Asking about full-time work at the end of a contract. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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can I protest our new office location, my boss’s badly-behaved dog comes to work every day, and more

Ask A Manager

I work for a small nonprofit of about 30 people, and I am junior staff. This new location would add close to 30 minutes on top of my 60-minute commute (via public transport) and would cost me close to 20% more. This is the kind of thing a good employer would want to be aware of, especially one with a small staff. My boss brings his poorly behaved dog to work every day. My boss brings his dog to work everyday and it is a complete nightmare.

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Think Your Job is Telecommuting Friendly?

Telecommuting Journal

Home Archives About Contact Subscribe Telecommuting Journal Think Your Job is Telecommuting Friendly? Here’s a quote from the article: “We were seeing a steady exodus of astronauts leaving the space program for jobs where they can earn $10,000 a month working at home in their underwear,&# said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. I can’t imagine that there are a lot of jobs that can be realistically done from home.

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employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work, seriously ill employee who’s making mistakes, and more

Ask A Manager

Employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work. I manage an employee, who does good work. This is fine in principle as our company has no policy on dating coworkers and they work in different departments. Over the past two months or so, my employee has been late for work nearly every day, by up to 20 minutes. We work in a department where certain tasks have to be completed by certain times, so it’s important employees are on time.

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Top 3 Barriers to Making a Career Decision

Career Key

skip to main | skip to sidebar The Career Key Blog Making a lifetime of smart career decisions about career options, college major and education choices, being self-employed, & the right career test. The Career Keys mission is to help people make the best career, college major, and self-employed choices. The Career Key s Vice President, Juliet Wehr Jones, with input from Career Key author Dr. Lawrence K. Students Choosing a College Major: What Employers.

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should I hang my degree in my office, employee invited a toxic guest to our holiday party, and more

Ask A Manager

I’m also about to finish a Master’s degree program I’ve worked very hard for over the past two years, while working a full-time career job. It took a lot of time and energy and I’m very happy with my accomplishment, and my new employer expressed in the interview that they were impressed with my academic pursuits. But you can always display it at home! I suspect these emails are from Doug or Doug’s friends lashing out at us. It’s five answers to five questions.

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employee is terrified of balloons, wife is hitchhiking to work, and more

Ask A Manager

These balloons are over 15 meters away from my report’s desk and are hidden from her view from her desk by pillars in the centre of the floor, but as soon as she walked in at 8 am last Thursday she saw them. When I got in at 9, she told me she would work on another floor for today until the issue was resolved. Work from home is not possible as she is required to log into a phone system to accept calls from our clients.)

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

Can I withdraw from a hiring process via email? A potential employer has been courting me since December after initially passing on my candidacy. Though initially interested I want to now withdraw myself from consideration due to employer red flags, including a high turnover department, employee lifelessness, and toxic dead weight. I was working at a call center but left because I was unhappy with a few things and felt it was time for a change.

2011 63

boss asked me to be “brutally honest,” manager ignores my emails, and more

Ask A Manager

This assistant is a difficult person to work for, and is quite a micromanager. This created unclear instructions, resulting in me having to redo my work sometimes up to 10 times to suit her particular taste. She is well aware of the assistant’s management style, as several people in the organization refuse to work with her. I work for a small, family-owned business. Do not spend 30 hours preparing work as part of a try-out unless you’re paid for it.

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The 8 Habits of Highly Productive People

Personal Excellence Blog

Start Blog Reader Favorites Free Ebooks Products Coaching Store About | Contact | Forums The 8 Habits of Highly Productive People by Celes | Email to friend Note from Celes: We just upgraded to a new and better server! Is it the ability to robotically churn out work, hour after hour?

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How to make business travel manageable | Penelope Trunk's Brazen.

Penelope Trunk

But if you are having trouble maintaining your personal life in the face of tons of travel, these tips from a cynical traveler will make life easier for you. Second, if you have a rule for yourself that you always eat well when you travel, then you will actually be healthier from traveling. If I was gone all week, I take off a day from work to have extra time for my personal life. The thing is, you don’t have time for half-losers at home. Keep up the good work.

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short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

Ask A Manager

I was not working for her (or the organization) at the time; however, via conversation with her, I know of the date. Do employers delete emails with attachments? If you send your documents as plain text in the body of the email, make sure that you re-format them to work in plain text.)

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Workplace news you cannot use | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

And it turns out that if you give a lawyer a part-time job, she ends up working 50 hours a week instead of 80, and gets part-time credit, which isn’t exactly encouraging. In fact, the most surprising thing about this news is that women are earning more than men , and men have seen a generation of women with fertility nightmares from putting off having children in favor of building their career, yet still, nothing changes in the marriage equation. It works for me.

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Martin Luther King Day Special: Racism is alive and kicking.

Penelope Trunk

And Jeremy Owyang, from Forrester Research reports that, "In approximately two years social networks will be more powerful than corporate web sites. Those are the type of companies we want to work for. One of the most important changes in work life is that we do not define our career by working for one company—we change jobs too frequently. That requires working with companies we respect. But then again, I'm from that liberal, elite, left coast.

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There's no magic pill for being lost. | Penelope Trunk's Brazen.

Penelope Trunk

But my roommate was from Kellogg, a top-ten business school. She was going to be great at work. Probably because I used that trick earlier, when I came home from work and slept for a couple of hours before I took my son to cello. I lay in bed between my sons who realize something is wrong because ever since the farmer came into our lives, I’ve guarded my bed from them relentlessly, but tonight I let them in. Did you take that from the book fair?” “Yes.

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