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The Pros and Cons of Remote Work and Combating Loneliness Among Telecommuters

Today’s small businesses rarely look like the quaint mom-and-pops of 50 years ago. From basement-run carpentry workshops to home-office design studios, small-business headquarters can be anywhere their employees are, from the living room to the local Starbucks. For some small businesses, remote work is essential for balancing the budget. Office spaces are expensive to rent, and with tools like instant messaging and video conferencing to keep employees connected, there’s no reason to waste money on the square footage. Plus, most folks would rather work from home anyway, for a variety of reasons. That’s according to a recent study of 500 remote U.S. workers by TSheets by QuickBooks. Among those surveyed, 67 percent of respondents said they work remotely sometimes, while 33 percent said they work remotely daily. Respondents were asked to rate their experience in relation to everything from mental health to productivity. Remote work pros and cons As with any work arrangement, telecommuting has its pros and cons. For instance, working from home means a shorter commute — approximately the time it takes to get from your bed to your desk or sofa, or wherever you set up shop for the day. Conversely, working remotely can be a bit lonely, as it’s tough to get the same human interaction with co-workers from a solitary home office. Nevertheless, among employees, the option to telecommute is a popular one, regardless of its cons. According to another recent study, 57 percent of workers would like the option to work from home. If you’re considering a telecommute position or thinking about instigating a remote work policy for your employees, here are a few of the pros and cons you can expect, based on survey responses. Pros: Increased productivity Better physical health Better mental health Cons: A constant need to prove productivity Difficulties with self-motivation Loneliness Despite the fact 53 percent of respondents said working outside the office allowed them to be more productive, most felt their workmates had an unfair perception of their productivity. When asked what their concerns were when working remotely, “people think I’m not working” was the second most popular…

10 Fortune 500 Companies With Work-From-Home Jobs

When you think about a Fortune 500 company, you probably picture thousands of employees located in a gigantic headquarters. And while many Fortune 500 employees do work out of an office, the rising popularity of remote work means that more and more employees get to work right from their homes. Recently, FlexJobs compiled a list of Fortune 500 companies with remote work options — here are some of the most notable. Take a look, and apply today — these jobs won’t be open for long!   1. Dell Glassdoor Rating: 3.8 Open Remote Positions: Systems Consultant, Technology Services Manager, Business Development Executive, Sr. Consultant for Learning & Development, Account Executive & more What Employees Say: “Flexible work options, many career paths and opportunities for career growth. Great place to get world class experience.” —Current Account Manager III See Remote Jobs   2. UnitedHealth Group Glassdoor Rating: 3.3 Open Remote Positions: Account Manager, Human Capital Service Advisor, Instructional Designer, Sr. Data Scientist, Marketing Specialist I & more What Employees Say: “Love being able to work from home. Supervisor and Team Lead are compassionate about their employees. Large selection of benefit plans to choose from and the amount of paid time off is very good even for lower grade positions.” —Current Clinical Administrative Coordinator See Remote Jobs 3. Leidos Glassdoor Rating: 3.4 Open Remote Positions: Cloud Engineer, COOP Analyst, Industrial Outreach Energy Engineer, Price-To-Win Analyst, Software Developer & more What Employees Say: “Great environment, excellent employer, promotes work/life balance, amazing management, all around strong team, and lots of room for growth within the company.” —Current Accountant See Remote Jobs   4. Humana Glassdoor Rating: 3.4 Open Remote Positions: Manager – Telecomm/Voice Engineering, Salesforce DEVOPS Architect, RN Case Manager – Telephonic Nurse 2, Senior Infrastructure Architect, Senior Software Engineer – Workday & more What Employees Say: “Humana is the rare type of company that truly seems to care for its employees. Work/life balance is tremendous and the culture is focused on well being. Benefits and pay are great and the company is always looking for ways to improve. I’ve only been here a short while but I have…

6 Ways Technology Can Boost Your Small Business

Your small business probably runs like a well-oiled machine. It’s likely you and a handful of hardworking, trustworthy staff members are navigating the challenges and joys of small business ownership. What you may not realize is that your budget allows you to have access to the types of technology that will build your small business and streamline your operations. As technology continues to morph and expand, it’s good to understand how it positively impacts your business. Take a look at these six ways technology can help you organize and grow your small business. Expand your reach  Even in this technology-filled world, it’s smart to utilize a variety of advertising mediums, from mailers to fliers. However, you need to focus on digital advertising – you can use it to advertise your small business for free. Social media platforms are a cost-effective way to engage your followers and not spend a dime. Some businesses may find they’re unable to reach the target audience for free, but there are still inexpensive solutions that cost spend less than the more traditional methods of advertising. Make yourself easy to find Your prospective customers view a concise and strong website as one that’s professional – a website also increases the odds you’ll be found on search engines. If you want customers to find your business, take the time to build a website that is helpful, informative and makes it clear that your business offerings are the solution to their problems. Make sure you always treat your customers like individuals and not simply transactions. Reduce communication costs If your small business turns to conference lines to communicate or has teleconferencing expenses, it’s simple to cut the associated costs. Skype and other similar services allow you to communicate with people from various locations for free. If your business has a lot of debt, this is an easy way to free up some money to pay it down. You can also consider options like an individual voluntary arrangement to help become debt free. Learn new things  Whether you want to trade online with a broker or learn something new,…

BACK TO SCHOOL: A CRASH COURSE THAT WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE

Labor Day is quickly approaching, marking the official trek back-to-school for millions of children around the country. Yet, back-to-school means something far different for moms and dads. For working parents, it also signals the start of juggling the demands of your own job with homework, studying, and extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, many stay-at-home moms have newfound freedom and energy, and a lot more time on your hands. While students are busy “building their brains” in school, why not take this opportunity to build your own business? BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER If you dream of leaving the 9-to-5 rat race so you can have more control over your work and personal life, or you want to earn a living while working from home but still have the time to raise your children, consider joining the millions of people who have started their own at-home business. In fact, 69 percent of businesses now start in the home, by people just like you. Owning a small business has never been as easy and attainable as it is today. And, we’ve made it easier by creating a crash course in starting your own business. A HOME-BASED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY WORTH LEARNING ABOUT Starting your own business can seem complicated and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Thousands of people have started their own home-based, mini-call centers and are using the Arise Platform while enjoying the ability to schedule their work hours whenever they choose, providing customer support, sales and technical support to a Fortune 500 client base already built for them. In fact, the call center industry is $18 billion and growing, so small business owners who run mini-call centers and use the Arise Platform enjoy unlimited earning potential, on their own terms. TAKE A COURSE THAT WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE If you’re ready to learn how to start your own business, and take control over your work and family life, download our Crash Course: Starting Your Own Business. Discover the many aspects and benefits of owning a home-based business, including: ·         Are you suited to a work-at-home environment? ·         The…

Internet Down? Try a Satellite Connection

When it comes to doing business, the Internet is vital. And, when it goes down, panic usually sets in. Currently, Internet subscribers are at the mercy of their providers and there is nothing that can be done to remedy the situation. But, things have changed. Hughes Network Systems has created a solution that will keep the Internet going strong, even during those unexpected and unwanted outages. Hughes Network Systems provides broadband satellite service for business and residential customers. Their Internet services reach the people who are unable to connect via cable and phone lines. Their Internet service, known as HughesNet, serves more than 1.2 million customers. They also have a program called HughesON, which uses satellite and traditional methods to keep large businesses and government entities connected at all times. Hughes Network Systems has a new program they call HughesNet Internet Continuity that can fill the void that Internet outages bring. By subscribing to this program, Internet users will be able to access satellite Internet when the terrestrial options go down. Then, when the terrestrial Internet is running again, the satellite Internet stops. This is a must-have service for any business that relies on the Internet for productivity and sales. It can be used by residential and business customers who rely on cable, fiber, or DSL Internet. Residential and business Internet users usually do not subscribe to satellite Internet as their first choice, simply because the cost is prohibitive. Terrestrial Internet is more affordable for those who have it readily available. But, this backup Internet service is worth the expense because it keeps business moving. Most who rely on terrestrial Internet know that outages happen. Those outages can be weather-related and they can be caused by equipment problems and hardware degradation. Because HughesNet does not rely on those terrestrial lines, it can provide this useful automatic backup system. Business is able to keep moving because of the way the backup system is set up by HughesNet. It uses a Wi-Fi modem, an antenna, and radio, along with a special router to switch back and forth between the terrestrial and satellite…

High-Paying Work-From-Home Healthcare Careers for Women

Not so long ago, in the days before the web, people had to actually go to work. They got dressed in the morning, fed their children and pets, rode the train or drove a car and clocked in for a productive day in the traditional clinical environment – and many still do. But with the […] The post High-Paying Work-From-Home Healthcare Careers for Women appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

Match Made In Heaven: 10 Dream Work-From-Home Jobs

Nowadays it’s increasingly difficult to find a job, let alone one that will allow you to work-from-home. Every now and again, there’s that lucky and rare opportunity that will enable you to earn a good wage and do it remotely. A quick perusal of online job sites reveals many opportunities to work-from-home (data entry, stuffing […] The post Match Made In Heaven: 10 Dream Work-From-Home Jobs appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

17 Companies Hiring for Work From Home Jobs Now

Whether you’ve got an Airbnb overseas for the summer or you love working from the comfort of your couch, now’s your chance to start a job that will let you work from anywhere. These 17 companies — from Apple to Zapier — won’t constrict you to the 9-to-5 cubicle life, but will instead allow you to produce wherever you want. Plus, they have team activities, conferences, meetings and all the latest technology so you’ll feel connected to your colleagues and your boss. Break out of the conference room to work anywhere at any of these cool companies offering remote jobs. Forward Remote Jobs: Care Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner What Employees Say: “Forward is on course to truly change health care for the better, quickly. I work with many of the smartest, most motivated, most effective people I’ve come across, and I’m learning an incredible amount and cherishing the experience.” —Current Employee See Open Jobs ReSource Pro Remote Jobs: Client Executive, Sales Executive What Employees Say: “Extremely involved executives/upper-management. Don’t be surprised if you have a lot of 1:1 time with the CEO, COO and various VPs.” —Current Employee See Open Jobs Zapier Remote Jobs: Customer Champion, VP of Engineering, Product Engineer What Employees Say: “By being able to hire from around the world, it means that everyone on the team is excellent at their job. With the focus on remote-first work, we’re able to mitigate many of the potential risks.” —Current Employee See Open Jobs MoveOn.org Remote Jobs: Full Stack Software Engineer, Real Voter Voices Full Stack Software Engineer, Finance Manager What Employees Say: “A workplace culture that emphasizes self-care and fully respects work/life balance. Remote working is nailed down with technology needs.” —Former Employee See Open Jobs “” InVisionApp Remote Jobs: Director of Strategic Sales, VP of Brand & Content, Product Marketing Manager, Business Development Representative, Senior Manager of Design Education, Editorial Director, Sales Compensation Analyst, Strategic Account Executive, Managing Editor of the InVision Blog, Recruiter, Content Project Manager & more What Employees Say: “Challenging, exciting work on an industry-defining product. Very good engineering tools and deployment processes. Working remote…

The Best Places to Find Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs

By Holly Reisem Hanna There are many paths to the work-at-home lifestyle — from joining a direct sales company, to telecommuting for a large corporation or even starting your own business. While I can offer up advice on polishing your resume, how to prepare for a job interview, or tips for finding the right products […] The post The Best Places to Find Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

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