Anatomy of a Home Office Morning in the Fog-Laden Cloud…

April 9th, 2009 1 Comment »

Exasperated 1099erI began this morning in my home office as I often do: Rose before sunrise, and powered up the PC.

Checked Google Calendar to see what’s coming (oh, a visit from an appraiser – locked a re-fi at 4.75% – lowest rates in a generation. Cool).

What’s in Gmail? Delete, read, I’ll get back to that one. Reply. Hey, I got a deadline this morning. There’s a Google Alert for “Home Office” (and not those about the UK equivalent to the U.S. State Department).

It was then that my mind wandered into the Web equivalent of a “slipstream of consciousness”… Read More »

What’s Your Wow! Project?

April 3rd, 2009 No Comments »

Working from home can be an isolating experience.

In a down economy, with ample idle time around, it can make for a downright lonely place.

Learn how you can turn a quiet environment into a productive future and a powerful branding exercise.

The “Wow!” Project — so created by Tom Peters and Fast Company magazine — is a project (a book, a Website, a presentation, a new niche or direction) that can take you, your business and your future in a new direction. It’s not about changing careers. It’s about tweaking the one you have.

Listen as I discuss the Wow! Project with Jim Blasingame.


Of Fish, Business, Economic Stimulus & the Home Office

Motivation & Inspiration, Soloing
February 9th, 2009 No Comments »

fish-eye-of-the-fish-by-jalene-from-flickrI work from home.

So, of course, when our neighbor Gary leaves town, he asks me to feed his fish.

They were ravenous this morning, probably because I hadn’t fed them in a few days.

Once I got over my glee of not seeing them belly up, I served up the buffet.

Once I dropped their Tetra Marine fish food in the water (Mmm, good eatin’!) they scurried about, snatching up flakes like they were a bunch of bankers and the stuff was stimulus manna direct from Capital Hill.

But as I watched these little specimens, I noticed they also left in their wake a business lesson. No, not how to start an aquarium sanitation business.

Each fish selected flakes according to his or her (is it PC to say “its”?) size.

And how when times get lean, you’d better eat like there’s no tomorrow. Read More »

Tucson Domainer Digs Home Office

Home Office Pioneers
November 28th, 2008 1 Comment »

Chuck Block is a home office pioneer.

He was a part-time teleworker for the better part of two decades, and a corporate exec who shuttled between corporate and home offices – often by jet.

Today, Chuck is a married father of two and a home-based entrepreneur, working from Tucson, Arizona, where he runs Southwest Domains LLC (SouthwestDomains), a Website domain holding, investment and development company that currently owns 2,600 domains. His specialties: Turning city names like PhoenixTimeShare, PhoenixBankruptcyAttorney, TucsonSearch, and Arizonagolftrips into city directory sites, and building out, a Jewish social networking site. He actually owns several Yiddish sites. Read More »

A Season of Thanksgiving in the Home Office

The Responsible Home Office, Work/Life Balance
November 27th, 2008 No Comments »

As I look around my home office, what do I see that I’m thankful for?

Riley, our kids’ nutty terrier, who goes freakin’ nuts when he sees a squirrel — and usually when I get on the phone with a client or prospect? Or Riley, my loving canine companion, who spends the bulk of the day quietly on the love seat behind me, awaiting a pet, a scratch, or some simple acknowledgment — or none at all? (Notice the distinction of ownership there…?) Read More »

Seth Godin on Tribes, Leaders & Home Office Attitudes

Guest Column
October 21st, 2008 No Comments »

Below is a guest column from Owen Frager, a long-time marketing creative director who has helped guide leading brands to connect with their once-and-future customers. Owen’s reviewing Seth Godin’s latest book, Tribes.

“People want to connect. They want you to do the connecting…

Tribes, Seth Godin’s new book, makes one wonder, where should we put our experience, insight, knowledge and leadership to good use when its apparent our boss doesn’t value it or want it? (JZ sez: For 1099ers and home officers, add “client” to that list…)

However, according to Seth, because of this fear and discomfort, it makes leadership worth pursuing. Seth explains…

“In other words, if everyone could do it [be a leader], they would, and it wouldn’t be worth much.

==>It’s uncomfortable to stand up in front of strangers.
==>It’s uncomfortable to propose an idea that might fail.
==>It’s uncomfortable to challenge the status quo.
==>It’s uncomfortable to resist the urge to settle.

If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.

Leadership is a choice. It’s the choice to not do nothing.” Read More »

Journalist, Know Thyself, Bloggers & the State of the Fourth Estate

September 20th, 2008 No Comments »

I got a survey from Bulldog Reporter today. Actually, it was a reminder: Fill out the survey from Survey Monkey, and possibly win a 32 gig iPod. Cool.

The title was Working Journalist 2-Minute Survey on Practices in a Web 2.0 World.”?So I began filling it out. But I quickly realized they didn’t know to whom they had sent the survey. I’m sure I wasn’t alone.

And they certainly don’t know about the goings on in the “Web 2.0 World.” Read More »

Vacation Question: No Use-It-Or-Lose-It Policy in a Home Office

Motivation & Inspiration, SOHO Workstyles, Uncategorized
August 22nd, 2008 1 Comment »

Cindy Krischer Goodman, blogger over at the Miami Herald’s WorkLife Balancing Act, cited a study from Take Back Your Time that discovered that some 28% of Americans took no vacation time at all last year. Five in 10 took a week or less. Another study from Steelcase in 2006 says 49% didn’t take what they had coming to them.

No home officer workers here, apparently.

WTF, mate? If you earn $52,000 a year (admittedly simple math so this career journalist can compute sans abacus), and you don’t take the two weeks you have coming to you, that’s like handing the bossman back two Gs at year’s end.

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