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Put Your Pants On

Put Your Pants On

...and other practical pointers for those who work from home.

My first experience working from home was nearly ten years ago and it was born out of necessity.  I'd shared a very small office with a colleague and we were constantly butting heads.  It was tough.  I suggested to the boss that the only way we could achieve some sort of harmony in the office was if we each took a couple days to work from home every week.

My apartment was a 10 minute walk from the office and I was determined to make it work.  With a cell phone, desktop computer and internet access, I set out to make the most of a difficult situation.  

Within a few short weeks, my productivity was up, I was less stressed and our team was getting along much better.  

Since I started Fire Starter Brands in 2010, we've been a work-from-home company.  Each of our team members functions with a laptop, wifi, headset and a handful of cloud or web-based tools.

I've learned that working from home is not easy for most people.  It takes a certain level of discipline, focus and support to pull it off. Here are some of the most important lessons I've learned.

10 Things You're Probably Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care."

10 Things You're Probably Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care."

We’ve all been at a restaurant where the waiter forgets your special request and looks as though he’d rather be just about anywhere else in that moment. Then there’s the grocery store clerk who avoids eye contact and is annoyed with your coupons. Clearly these people don’t care, but is it possible we’re sending similar signals at work without realizing it?

Working From Home Is Awesome If You Do It Right | FastCompany

Working From Home Is Awesome If You Do It Right | FastCompany

WANNA WEAR PAJAMAS AND MUNCH ON CEREAL WHILE YOU WORK? THERE ARE SOME PROS AND CONS TO CONSIDER FIRST BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT DREAM A REALITY.

The people want to work from home.

In fact, according to the last census data, the telecommuting workforce increased 80% from 2005 to 2012, even as the total workforce declined. And in the U.K., record numbers of employees work remotely.

Seven Branding Mistakes Your Small Business Is Making

Seven Branding Mistakes Your Small Business Is Making

When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind.  But as a small business, imagining the level of investment that’s gone into these iconic images can make the thought of undertaking your own branding initiative seem overwhelming.

It’s actually easier to do than most imagine. Just make sure to avoid some common pitfalls and branding mistakes.

How to Become a Top Industry Expert

How to Become a Top Industry Expert

I've had a lot of people contact me in the last six months asking if they could "pick my brain" about the best way to become an industry expert to advance their careers. Writing for Linkedin has been instrumental in that. I truly enjoy contributing here. I just wish I had more time to take all those calls and coffee meetings because I really love chatting with people about this. As a career coach, I am a huge fan of personal branding and the need to develop your business-of-one's "expert status" as a way to stay employable for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, my work has gotten so busy, I no longer have the bandwidth to speak individually with everyone who asks. Thus, I decided to do a free webinar on the subject called: 5 Secrets To Becoming A Top Industry Expert.