Amazon Echo: Oh Alexa, Where art thou?

Amazon Echo
Sometimes you've gotta have something not because you need it but just because you want it.  You have to have it to make your life complete! Amazon Echo is one of those must haves! It has nothing to do with setting up your office or because it's necessary to your work but because I think it's the coolest thing EVER!   I use Siri on my phone and I love to "just ask!" So when I saw Amazon Echo,  and met Alexa, it was love!  Sorry, Siri. I  wrote a draft of this the other day and left it to...

Working at Home: Burnout
Ok, so the best course of action would be to follow all my great advice on how to avoid burnout like my post on Work at Home Doldrums but humans are a fickle bunch! We agree with words of wisdom and think that somehow it applies to everyone else but them. And what's crazier? We go along thinking that we are fine, just fine, thank you very much. Completely in denial, we don't recognize the tell-tale signs. People around us do and ask us about it but we are fine, just fine. Until we are not...

Noise Cancelling Headsets – Work at Home, Sound Professional
The dream of working at home is often condensed to the freedom of being able to work in your pajamas.   That is certainly a possibility but I don't recommend it too often.   How professional do you feel in your pajamas?! I can feel quite professional in jeans, a t-shirt and fluffy slippers but somehow, the p.j.'s pushes the limit for me!  I feel like lazin' around in my p.j.'s.  I think you'll find that productivity rises when you're dressed!  I don't think you need the 3-piece suit and t...

Creating Space to Work at Home
  What do you do if you have the opportunity to work from home, either for yourself or your employer, but you Just. Don't. Have. The. Space? We know how important that work/life balance is and how it is even more difficult to maintain if you are working at home (or living at work, depending on how you look at it!) Tight quarters and tight budgets make it even more difficult. We want to maintain independent and professional space for our office. We need to create space. Creating S...

Wi-fi Range Extender – Extending the Range of Your Home Office
One of the benefits of working at home is being able to work where ever you like. You might wonder why I am saying that since I spend so much time on my site talking about how important your home office is and maintaining private  space etc.  -- I still agree with ALL of that. But sometimes, we just need a different view to get our creative juices flowing.  And c'mon, if we wanted to be tethered to a desk, why not just stay in the office cubicle? Working in different places is the fun of ...

Work at Home Solutions: Creating a Healthy and Productive Workspace
So you are going to be working at home.  Congrads! I mean it!  I love working at home.  If you have mixed feelings, I hope you'll take a look at some of the other posts on this site.  Check out:  Work at Home Doldrums  or another favorite What's That Smell? for some tricks on dealing with those mixed feelings can make the difference between being successful at home, or feeling trapped! If you are just getting set up and have a room to yourself, set it up not only to be a good productiv...

Home Based Business Solutions: Outsourcing

Online Help Needed
When you are running your business at home, one of the greatest things you can do for yourself is getting some help:  outsourcing. Oh I know, I can hear the collective whine from here.  Entrepreneurs can be a funny sort.  We can take our "independence" too seriously at times!  We take a certain pride in being "the chief chief cook and bottle washer," or the one whose responsibilities include everything in the business. Certainly, starting out, most new businesses are run just that way ...

Work at Home Doldrums – What to Do?

Work at Home Blues?
  What do you do when you are stuck in a rut, got the work at home doldrums?  The blues? In order to know what to do, we need to know where you really are and how you got there! That old saw about "one man's ceiling being another man's floor" is so relevant here:  one person's work at home dream is another's nightmare! Here's what I mean.  Some people do really well working at home.  They LOVE it.  They thrive on the independence and solitude.  They are energized and creativ...

Step Away from the Kitchen

Kitchen Counter
What do you think is the biggest distraction to workers at home?  (not including children)? Probably the kitchen.  When you were at the office, how many trips did you make to the kitchen or water cooler?  I've known people that spend way more time traversing back and for to the cooler than they do working!    And that's at the office.  Imagine what that can turn into at home?   If you walk into the kitchen every few minutes for a snack or something to drink, you'll end up washi...

What’s that Smell?

Fresh Cut Lemon
Another advantage of working at home?  Control of your airspace! When you are working in the company office, you really don't have much control over the smells.  If your boss douses himself with cologne every morning,  or your coworker wears a whole bottle of Chanel every day or the guy in the next cubicle doesn't believe in deodorant or there's that guy who brings in fish and heats in the microwave.  EEE GADS!  Or someone burns popcorn every day and whole place reeks!  Nothing you can do! ...