Winter is already taking the country by storm like crazed shoppers at the mall the day after Christmas. But for those of us who work in front of a roaring fire, in a guest room, or in a commute-free home office, it doesn’t matter what’s going on outside. Working from home is business as usual. [Read more…]
The holidays are almost here and you may be thinking “What can I get for that special, hardworking someone who works from home?” and then you realize you can’t just buy gifts for yourself. After all, it is the season of giving and sharing. Here are a few ideas to help you get started on your quest for the perfect gift. [Read more…]
A friend of mine who has owned her online clothing business for seven years starts each conversation with how busy and stressed she feels every day. She has a small staff, works crazy hours, and if she could hire someone to take bathroom breaks for her, she would.
Sleep isn’t one of the tasks on her To-Do list. She says that she can get by on four hours a night. In her world, the early bird catches the worm and annoys everyone around her who isn’t working half as hard as she works.
One day I convinced my friend to let me come to work with her on Bring Your daughter to Work Day. She doesn’t have a daughter, she’s tired of being tired, and I’m good at acting immature so there was no argument. [Read more…]
I have a confession to make.
Actually, it’s a little embarrassing. [Read more…]
As a product junkie, I’m always searching for what’s new, what’s useful, and what makes me think I should have thought of that. Here are a few of my new favorite things.
I’m more of a football fan than a basketball fan and after spending most Friday nights watching my son play football, I’ve become somewhat of a football expert. And by expert I mean that I don’t turn to the other parents as much as I used to, to ask what just happened. But I’m willing to learn about a new sport and this desktop basketball game is the perfect teacher. It’s also an excuse for me to take a break from working. It comes with 10 mini basketballs, 2 basketball shooters and a multi- hoop stand. Tiny jerseys not included. [Read more…]
Last weekend at a BBQ (and by BBQ I mean an outdoor party where everyone was sweating) there was a woman I hoped I would never see again. I tried to avoid eye contact with her and pretend I didn’t see her (don’t judge), but near the end of the party I looked to my left and there she was.
Crap! I had to talk to her.
never rarely avoid people, but this woman is like a walking “Cool Facts” app that you wish you hadn’t downloaded. No matter what the topic, from marriage, to kids, to why the Botox she uses is better than what others use (seriously?), she has to share her opinion.
You probably know someone like that. We all do. Those are the friends you take a little longer to answer when they call or text. They’re the ones who are so exhausting you have to refer to your list of excuses to avoid getting together with them. (Am I the only one with a list like that?) [Read more…]
I met Michelle Newman at a writers’ conference and when she mentioned something about her home office, I asked if I could feature it on Working Naked. She gave me a strange look that was somewhere between What the Hell? and She doesn’t look like she runs a porn site. After I described the site to her, she quickly agreed. It helped that we were at a cocktail reception and the wine was flowing freely. [Read more…]
I admire couples that can work from home together and not strangle each other by the end of the day. It’s not that I’m unreasonable, bitchy or territorial (at least not all of the time), but there’s no way I could stand to share a home office with my spouse.
Part of the reason I have issues with needing my own space is that I have four siblings. As the middle child, I never had my own room. Either my older sister or my younger, annoying sister (who is now my best friend), was my roommate. We had to share everything. [Read more…]
Most of us do what we can to keep our clients happy, yet we forget about our own needs. Today as you get ready to tackle your to-do list, consider these four ways to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
1. Pace yourself.
Realize your limitations and stop working when you’ve accomplished the goals you’ve set for the day. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your business (that’s one of the goals of working for yourself, isn’t it?), but too much of a good thing can be harmful and ultimately lead to burnout. [Read more…]