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5 Awesome Facts about Working at Home

5 Awesome Facts about Working at Home

Working from home is gaining popularity. With the advancement in technology and increased use of the web, the internet, emails have made it easier to work from home. Before you decide to work while staying in the comfort of your home, you need to consider all the pros and cons. It is important to make sure that it suits you before you invest your time in it. Working from your abode is perfect solution especially for parents because they can operate and balance their family commitments quickly.

Here is a straightforward and easy guide to working from home. It will help you in taking all the right steps and earn money while staying at home.

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1. Creating Your Space

The important thing about creative work is to have a good and dedicated work area. If there are small children in your home, then it is not wise to leave your laptop on the kitchen table. Having a separate space makes it easier to keep your work safe and maintain a quiet working space. It is important to have a peaceful space to work efficiently. You can easily find a little space and dedicate it just to your job.

2. Giving Access to the Clients

As a home-based freelancer the most important bills are not paid for software upgrades or new equipment, they are for fiber internet that is unlimited, or Drop Box pro or the smartphone.

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Spending money on these things helps in keeping in touch with the clients. The latest technology helps in keeping the work files on Dropbox and share them with customers so that they can easily have access to all the work files. It helps in getting rid of any worry a customer may have regarding the work that they are paying for. Providing access to all the work files helps in gaining the trust of the customers. These data can be viewed on any device.

3. Getting Disciplined

Discipline is an important factor to work successfully from home. Even if you are working from home, it is better to get ready like you are going to an office. Make sure that you are available to your clients at a proper time. It is crucial to finish the work on time and deliver it according to the schedule. You need to update the website and check in with the clients regularly. You should also be always in a search for the new potential customers.

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Extend the discipline to the infrastructure as well. Having proper equipment is essential so that you can achieve the desired results and deliver on time. With the help of proper tools, you can increase the productivity as you are entirely familiar with the set up every time you start working with a new client.

4. Working at Your Will

The best thing about working from home is that you get to work when you want. With personal discipline and proper financial investment you can schedule the day in a way that suits you. It helps in avoiding a program that does not suit your timings.

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Make sure to keep the hours that are comfortable for you to work. By deciding the hours carefully you can avoid burnout. By agreeing on a day rate, you will not lose money.

5. Have a Balanced Routine

Once you can develop a routine, it is possible that you forget about going out and advantages of working in an office. It is better to include some outdoor activity such as running or any other form of exercise in your routine. Going outdoor is important to keep the mind fresh and active. It will also help in increasing the productivity. Make sure that you have some activities that ensure human contact because it is good for a person.

You can make a successful career by working from home if you treat it as serious as working in the office. It is essential that you have self-discipline, a level of organization and motivation to work from home. If it fits your lifestyle, then you better avail the opportunity.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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