Home Office Highway ’09: Remote Work Tools & a Road Warrior in Prep Mode

Technology, Telework & Virtual Officing, The Road Warrior
March 30th, 2020 No Comments »


Jeff @ work at the dinette workspace in Home Office Highway 09.

Jeff @ work at the dinette workspace in Home Office Highway ’09.

This article previous appeared on Chief Home Officer. Cloud computing, location independence, the “Anywhere Office…” Whatever it’s known by, remote work done beyond the traditional and home office liberates millions of workers every year. Already, countless teleworkers are untethered to work. And more agile remote work strategies and policies ould free even more to explore boundless opportunities – if they knew and used the tools needed to explore this New Way to Work.

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The Stuff We Pack Makes the Home Office a Mobile Office

Technology, Telework & Virtual Officing, The Road Warrior
January 30th, 2020 1 Comment »

What's in your travel backpack?

This article originally appeared in 2009… To paraphrase the once-almost-ubiquitous line from a popular credit-card commercial, ‘What’s in your backpack’?’

Whether a family cruise or a two-week road trip, I make sure to pack my backpack with all the essentials needed to create a home office from the road. And with every trip, I find something new to stash in my travel case. I’m sure road warriors and teleworkers go through the same exercise.

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Teleworkers, Self-Employed Set Up the New Home Office

Creature Comforts, Telework & Virtual Officing
January 14th, 2020 No Comments »

After three decades in the work-at-home experience, my home office has been a model, functional, and efficient workspace that has evolved as my needs and family have changed. What image do you get of the successful, well-equipped home office for a contract writer or a teleworker? Trust me, my office – and anyone’s home office – is not the stuff of an IKEA Spring catalog. The only prerequisite is that it fits your home, your style, your employment situation – and your creature comfort needs.

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What Does ‘Independent’s Day’ Mean in the Home Office?

Create & Run Your Biz
July 3rd, 2019 No Comments »

independence-day-by-cr-artist-on-flickr-ccThis Independence Day, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel had a look at what it takes to be your own boss.

Fortitude. Stamina. A gut built of Titanium and nerves extruded from Kevlar.

Those will help. Even prospective teleworkers can use some gut-check efforts when strategizing their departure from the traditional office.

What also will help is writer Cindy Kent’s article on the key ingredients to successful workplace independence.

Enjoy the nation’s Independence Day. And make it your own Independent’s Day.

Thinking about declaring your independence from the corporate grind this Independence Day? Preferring to be your own boss? Maybe you’ve been laid off — or fear you may soon be — and are contemplating a small-business startup. Read More »

Home Office Round-Up: Tax & Location Independence Day

The Road Warrior, Work/Life Balance
June 30th, 2012 1 Comment »

Can you work from the dinette of an RV? Location independence is the New Way to Work.

Can you work from the dinette of an RV? Location independence is the New Way to Work.

Just heard about a great concept: Location Independence.

Sure, this “Digital Nomadry” is really nothing new. Ever since telework took off in the late 1990s and post 9-11, American workers and employers discovered that work is a thing, NOT a place. Location independence is just giving a catchy name to a The Anywhere Office. It could be a beach house on The Jersey Shore, a cottage in the hills of Northern Ontario, or an RV tooling down the Interstate as part of Home Office Highway.

As the people at Freelance Switch discussed recently, freelancers worldwide have long aspired to take their business with them and hit the road.?But planning and prep work are needed to work remotely.

And a fair amount of tech (including my killer new Verizon MiFi broadband wireless adapter) — and IT understanding.

As Lea Woodward discussed, how will you get access to your bank account? How will you keep in touch with clients? How will you get new business? What about cell phones, time zones, internet access, and office equipment? In her session?Build a Location Independent Business Course, Woodward explores location independent work in X Marks The Spot.?Sounds like the stuff of Tim Ferriss in Four Hour Work Week.

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Small Business Marketer: Do you Know Where Your Audience is?

Marketing & Publicity
July 21st, 2010 No Comments »

For many home office and small business owners, marketing is like a first-time shooter unleashing a shotgun blast on the skeet range. He aims in the general direction of the clay bird (their audience), closes his eyes and pulls the trigger.

Then he wonders why he missed – laughably, miserably.

Don’t get me wrong. The shotgun approach is great for marketing. It doesn’t offer the precision of a rifle. But you have a greater chance of hitting some target, any target.

Assuming your target’s there. Are they?

In my latest conversation with Jim Blasingame, we discuss finding your targets (note plural) — and going where they are.

10 Reasons to Work From a Home Office

Guest Column, Home Office Parenting, The New Entrepreneur
October 5th, 2009 No Comments »

Working from home means different things to different people. But many home officers — entrepreneurs and teleworkers alike — share common reasons to set up shop in the residence.

With the right home office furniture, technology, space and family and client understanding, millions are moving home to work. Nick Hetcher, a home-based voice-over talent with NixTheNews, is one of those people. Among his Top 10 Reasons to Work from Home are to…

Be there for your family. This is frequently the number one reason for starting a business. Being there for your children, your spouse, or your aging parents… it’s so important. Read More »

The Value of Home Office Lighting

September 14th, 2009 1 Comment »

Task lights & the glow of monitors brighten the day - and mood.

Task lights & the glow of monitors brighten the day - and mood.

I’m big on lighting — of all kinds, sources, brightness and the lot — in the home office. It sets the mood, encourages productivity, reduces eye strain, and makes the space a more enjoyable place from which to work.

Whether you’re a home officer, a home-based business owner, or a teleworker, lighting has a role.

WebWorkerDaily has a look at lighting. Celine Roque noted a study from the Light Right Consortium that said “People who are more satisfied with their lighting rate the space as more attractive, are happier, and are more comfortable and satisfied with their environment and work.” Roque continued to say that as far as home office improvements go, investing your time on proper lighting seems like it’s worth it.

I’d agree. Read More »

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