Home Office Radio: Pets, Tweets, Clients & Distractions Abound

June 16th, 2009 No Comments »

Another week day, another interview between JZ and Jim Blasingame from Small Business Advocate.

This time, we discuss the rules of behavior that should be established for the family when there is a home-based business under the same roof. Door closed = Leave Me Alone? What about pets? What about when chatting with a corporate exec? We also talk about social media and other micropreneuring topics.

Earlier in the week, I visited with Barbara Weltman with Build Your Business Radio. Some great discussion on launching your small or home business or teleworking.


Pets in the Home Office: Lousy Freeloader or Trusted Companion?

Work/Life Balance
April 26th, 2009 1 Comment »

pet-sachshund-slinkie-from-brent-and-marilynn-via-flickr-creative-commonsIf you’re a dog or cat owner, how important is your pet to the social fabric of your home or home office?

Does the animal add anything significant, or is it a requisite accessory to the Urban or Suburban milieu, little more than another piece of home office furniture or some must-have accoutrement?

Is it someone whom you care deeply for, or something you feed, bathe, tend to and drop $100 or so each year in vet visits?

Is it content to lie around – or frolic on demand, or is it high-maintenance?

Is it a companion for your home office, telework or small business experience (not to mention your and your family’s lives), or just a freeloading louse who’d rather be left alone, thank you very much?

Who are these creatures? What do they bring to our party?

Our dog, Riley, died recently. And we lost a loving, energetic companion from our home — and from my home office.

And I gained a perspective on the role he played in my home office… Read More »

Savoring Borrowed Time With My Home Office Companion

Work/Life Balance
April 18th, 2009 6 Comments »

Riley At Ease

I have a dog. Strike that, my kids have dog – a nutty terrier we call a “Terror.” His name is Riley.

That dog barks when someone sneezes, when someone counts numbers in sequence, when a bag full of garbage is pulled from the kitchen can, or when a jar taps the counter too hard. When I play my drums, Riley barks incessantly, ears up, terrier tail perked, his stance defensive.

He’s an idiosyncratic creature. He cowers to the ping of error messages on the PC (I’ve learned to leave the speakers off).? Come home from a day out, and his food will be strewn about the floor. Beard wet, there’ll be drool marks three feet up the front door glass – confirming my suspicion that this freak barks the entire time we’re away, maybe at his nemesis: the squirrel.

He’s just not normal, that dog of theirs.

Then one day, Riley stopped barking at sneezes, and squirrels and the pull of garbage bags. Read More »

Sunday Home Office Round-Up: Coworking & Feeding The Need (and Home Office Pet)…

News & Reviews, SOHO Workstyles
April 12th, 2009 No Comments »

Interesting perspectives on the home office and telework this week.

One thing I’ve learned: Twitter continues to consume more of my brain’s limited capacity at breakneck speed. Some VERY cool information floating around out there from some very cool people. On the flip side, I find myself enjoying Facebook for a reason that’s 180-degrees apart: It’s light and friendly. No heavy lifting, thinking or link-clicking.

Now it’s up to me to balance the two in my (already over-taxed) brain and time clock.

As for news from the week…

WebWorkerDaily had a great piece on the impact of coworking and shared space for UK home officers. Alas, this is just a blip on the U.S. radar screen (telework centers in the DC area or “hotels” and touchdown centers for corporate employess).? Regardless of whether you have a bona fide coworking solution, the lessons remain: Get out there, collaborate with others, share experiences, and be that social and sociable animal you were created to be…

Got Telework? Better make sure they’re provisioned, connected, empowered and smart. Watch this WTV Video to see and learn. Read More »

Friday Funnies: Perfect Pets for the Home Office

Now That's Funny!
June 27th, 2008 No Comments »

Man in SkivviesThe home office can be a lonely place, especially when working the graveyard shift from midnight to 3am, when the household is silent — and the Sandman apparently is out tying one on.

How can you find companionship in the home office? Aside from phoning in a false alarm call to the IT help desk so you can chat with your buddy Tim in Indonesia, a pet may be in order. But what’s the perfect pet in the home-based workspace? Don’t want something too demanding of your time, or a critter that smells, or requires frequent clean-up (meaning, in some guys’ cases, a clone). Then how about…

1. A sugar glider or hamster who likes companionship at 3 am.

2. A very lazy dog, who’s willing to hang around and do, well, nothing all day — just like his master.

3. A fish — either in a bowl (which — get this, might actually need cleaning someday), or as a screensaver of tropicals swimming around…

4. A reptile. It might attract the kids, but it could also keep the spouse outta the home office. Need a little pro/con list action on that one…

5. A child – who sleeps, or who’s easily consumed by video games and and countless hours of Tivo’d material.

6. A pet “project,” like a book, Website, newsletter or some such. Don’t have to walk it or clean up after it, and done right, it could make some money. Don’tThe Pet Rock know I can say that about Riley.

7. A pet “peeve.” From deadbeat clients to prospects who scream for that proposal — only to sit on it for a month or three — plenty of people out there are clamoring for recognition on the low end of the totem pole.

8. Those bunny slippers, who’re still hanging on for dear life.

9. A plant, preferably plastic. Or a cactus. What, a plant doesn’t qualify as a pet? Don’t tell that to my pet rhododendron, Steve.

10. A Pet Rock.

What My Dog Has Taught Me About Business

Commentary, SOHO Workstyles
January 13th, 2008 2 Comments »

Riley At EaseDogs are a funny lot. Sure, dueclaws are no substitute for? thumbs, and?they’re not heavy on the vocabulary, aside from ill-timed barks. But in some ways, they would make great business and life coaches.

We’ve had Riley, our Kerry blue terror, for about six years. And aside from learning that breeders are wrong — dogs can adapt to their surroundings and?need not?be walked 14 hours a day to satiate their innate need for exercise — he’s provided a few lessons of his own. What has?Riley taught me about entrepreneurship…? First,?of course, there’s their persistence. Whether trying, struggling, striving to reach that playtoy that’s just out of reach beneath the bed or table, or that squirrel, or their tail,?they don’t give up. 索莱尔注册即送68 游戏对战平台排行榜

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