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The Downsides Of Teleworking

Posted by | Filed under Business | Oct 6, 2015 | Tags: , | No Comments

tdotwARE YOUR OFFICE-BOUND COWORKERS green with envy–or resentment–because you telework? Working at home may be your temporary reprieve from office politics, but it’s not always “business as usual” when you return to the main office. If your colleagues’ resentment festers, it can be the downfall of your telework program, but there are ways to help your office mates accept your work schedule.

The Bitter End

For Pam Waterman, a senior technical marketing writer for Bolt Beranek & Newman Inc., a computer software and hardware company located in Cambridge, Mass., she became aware of resentment over her teleworker status after the birth of her first child. Waterman and a fellow coworker–also a new mom and an engineer who worked in a different department–worked out an arrangement with their respective supervisors to work from home the same two days every week. On those days, they split childcare and work time. But soon after implementing the change, Waterman and her fellow teleworker felt the same chilly reception from their coworkers: Despite the 40- …

Get Smart With Negotiation

Posted by | Filed under Business | Sep 24, 2015 | Tags: , | No Comments

gsnIN THE THREE YEARS THAT FARLA BINDER has run her home-based entertaining coaching and consulting business, she’s tapped into the professional negotiating skills she learned during the 25 years that she operated Creations By Farla, a Los Angeles-based corporate-party-planning company. Her philosophy? She believes in her product and her ability to deliver value; for those reasons, she stands by her fee. If clients ask her to lower her fee, Binder gets creative so she doesn’t look like she’s caving in to those demands. For example, Binder will offer less consulting time for less money, or she’ll offer a menu of services. That way clients can feel more in control of the fee.

“I don’t compromise on my prices,” says Binder. “However, by giving them a menu, I am giving them choices. But I don’t allow clients to negotiate on the menu’s fees.”

And in fact, according to small business idea generator, a site that helps new entrepreneurs with market research, pricing is a major factor in the failure, …

Office Furniture Hunting

Posted by | Filed under Business | Sep 15, 2015 | Tags: , | No Comments

ofhWORKING AT HOME IS THE PERFECT situation for Chris Williamson. Once a vice president of human resources for a $400 million company, she decided she needed to be at home with her three children more than she needed to be at the office. So, she started her own business, Creative Human Resource Solutions Ltd., which she runs from her 4-bedroom colonial home in Perrysburg, Ohio.

She set up her office next to the master bedroom, in what used to be the catch-all room over the garage. Its large window gives her a magnificent view over the trees toward the historical site of Fort Meigs, a War of 1812 battleground next to the Maumee River. But the one battle Chris confronted was one she didn’t expect: She couldn’t find suitable home office furnishings.

“I looked for months for office furniture,” says Williamson. “I could find armoires, but there was no drawer space. Or I could find metal filing cabinets to put a top on to make a desk, but it just …

The Web Has Made Assistive Technology Amazing

Posted by | Filed under Disabilities | Sep 8, 2015 | Tags: , , | No Comments

twhmaPeople with visual, hearing, or other physical impairments are usually familiar with the assistive technology that helps them live, learn, and communicate with others. But not every home-based entrepreneur is aware that these technologies can help them communicate with the largest possible audience.

There are more than 30 million people with disabilities who can be affected by the design of computer software, according to Mike Paciello, founder and CTO of WebABLE, a Nashua, N.H.-based consulting firm that focuses on assistive technologies. In 1998, the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities reported that consumers with physical disabilities control more than $175 billion in discretionary income. “For SOHOs, that seems to be incentive enough to use these technologies,” says Paciello.

At the most fundamental level, your Web site can be specially coded to accommodate people with disabilities. Directions for doing this have been collected by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The organization’s Web Accessibility Initiative can be found at “The guidelines cover everything from how to create …

Avoiding Scams Is Less Tricky Than You Think

Posted by | Filed under Business | Sep 2, 2015 | Tags: , | No Comments

asiltA HOME-BASED BUSINESS OWNER, YOU HAVE A RISK-taking attitude that can culminate in great profits. Alas, this pioneering spirit can also tempt unwary home officers into the jaws of a wide variety of scams, schemes, and nefarious business deals spawned by modern-day Fagans. But if you’re forewarned, and exercise some caution and common sense, most of them can be avoided.

“The work-at-home, make-big-money, buy-large-cars, I-will-tell-you-how-to-make-it-rich-overnight multi-level-marketing offers are largely schemes, if not scams,” says Lindsey Krause, who worked in the corporate marketing department of a multilevel marketing company (MLM) for more than a year before she discovered its unsavory business tactics and quit. (Krause asked us not to reveal her real name for fear of reprisals.) She says hundreds of people left the company each month, disillusioned and broke, while a core group collected outrageous sums of money.

The bait comes in many forms–savings on office supplies, incredible sales, membership in exclusive trade organizations. And despite the dire warnings of attorneys general and consumer groups, people still fall prey to …

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