THE REAL WORLD OF
WORKING FROM HOME
LaidOffCamp Phoenix
About Me
 Self employed in
 Phoenix since 1995.
 15 years of working
 from my home office.
 Business includes
 professiona...
Session Tweeting
 Offer tweet bites
 throughout the
 presentation.
 Chance for you to
 tweet session
 highlights.
 Use has...
Today’s Goals
 Five truths about working
 from a home office.
 Suggestions for
 overcoming challenges.
 Resources.
 Empowe...
Where We Are
 Introduction
 Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
 Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
 Truth #3: It’s All On You...
Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
Myths About a Home Office
Home Office Components
 Recreate the office
 workspace.
 Space.
 Lighting.
 Equipment.
 Resources.
 Organizing tools.
Dedicated Workspace
 Doesn’t need to be a
 full-time office.
 Storage can be mobile.
 Locate your office away
 from time w...
Build A Success Team
 Your household must
 understand the ground
 rules for working hours.
 Offload or reschedule
 housewo...
Tweet Bite #1



         Create a success team
      from family and friends who
       support your work at home
      e...
Choose A Great Chair
 Adjustable.
 Comfortable for
 extended sitting.
 Supports the natural
 back curves (lumbar
 support)...
Ergonomic Keyboards
 Encourages proper
 arm and hand
 position.
 Great for touch typists
 but challenging for
 finger peck...
Laptop Computers
 Designed for portability,
 not ergonomics.
 For regular use, add an
 external keyboard and
 mouse/trackb...
Tweet Bite #2


       Laptop users should use a
         separate keyboard and
        mouse to avoid repetitive
       s...
Where We Are
 Introduction
 Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
 Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
 Truth #3: It’s All On You...
Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
Irritating People in the Office
Plan Your Social Interaction
Finding Your Own Balance
 Isolation:
   Quiet for thinking
   No interruptions
 Interaction:
   Collaboration
   Social ne...
Tweet Bite #3



         Your social interaction
      needs change over time so
      stay open to new solutions.
      ...
Networking
 Maintain professional
 relationships.
 Attend professional
 organization meetings.
 Find business mixers.
 Res...
Social Media To The Rescue
 Use LinkedIn for
 contacts and references.
 Join Twitter.
 Limit your personal time
 on Facebo...
Tweet Bite #4


       Twitter is the best tool for
        home-based workers to
         replace casual work
      conve...
Where We Are
 Introduction
 Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
 Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
 Truth #3: It’s All On You...
Truth #3: It’s All On You
Focus Exclusively On Work
You Have More Jobs To Do
 Your new jobs:
  Janitorial services.
  Buying office supplies.
  Shipping packages.
 If you are...
You Are Tech Support
 Upgrades.
 Maintenance.
 Backups.
 Internet service.
 Replacements.
 Website / blog software
 and ho...
Help Is Available
 Virtual assistants and
 concierge services.
 Small project work to
 part-time support.
 Trade products ...
Tweet Bite #5


        Find a balance between
        trading for services and
         paying clients for your
         ...
Where We Are
 Introduction
 Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
 Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
 Truth #3: It’s All On You...
Truth #4: You Run The Show
You Set Your Own Schedule
You Manage Many Things
What’s On Your Plate
 Determine your daily
 schedule.
 Break jobs into tasks
 and schedule them.
 Keep yourself
 motivated...
Tweet Bite #6


        In your home office, you
        are the manager and the
        worker bee and must be
       gre...
Where We Are
 Introduction
 Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
 Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
 Truth #3: It’s All On You...
Truth #5: You Live At Work
Zero Commute
Too Easy To Work
 Easy commute to office.
 Work materials
 available.
 Work when ideas strike.
Interesting Statistic
               of home workers surveyed
               around the world say that
               sepa...
Tweet Bite #7


        Most home office workers
        struggle to separate work
         from life thanks to zero
     ...
Create Boundaries
 Physical boundary.
 Alternate internet
 access.
 Notepad for ideas.
 Separate phone line
 (turn off rin...
Where We Are
 Introduction
 Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
 Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
 Truth #3: It’s All On You...
Conclusion
Growth Opportunity
 Home office pushes
 you outside your
 comfort zone.
 Opportunity to try new
 things.
 Great learning a...
Supplemental Materials
 My website           www.crowinfodesign.com
  Ebook about working from a home office
  URL: www.cr...
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Working From Home

  1. 1. THE REAL WORLD OF WORKING FROM HOME LaidOffCamp Phoenix
  2. 2. About Me Self employed in Phoenix since 1995. 15 years of working from my home office. Business includes professional services and products. Many configurations over the years.
  3. 3. Session Tweeting Offer tweet bites throughout the presentation. Chance for you to tweet session highlights. Use hash tag #locphx. Take a breath.
  4. 4. Today’s Goals Five truths about working from a home office. Suggestions for overcoming challenges. Resources. Empower you to make the best of your home office situation.
  5. 5. Where We Are Introduction Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise Truth #3: It’s All On You Truth #4: You Run The Show Truth #5: You Live At Work Conclusion
  6. 6. Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters
  7. 7. Myths About a Home Office
  8. 8. Home Office Components Recreate the office workspace. Space. Lighting. Equipment. Resources. Organizing tools.
  9. 9. Dedicated Workspace Doesn’t need to be a full-time office. Storage can be mobile. Locate your office away from time wasting distractions.
  10. 10. Build A Success Team Your household must understand the ground rules for working hours. Offload or reschedule housework and interacting with your kids. Use childcare if needed. Set boundaries to protect your work time.
  11. 11. Tweet Bite #1 Create a success team from family and friends who support your work at home effort. @Kinchie at #locphx
  12. 12. Choose A Great Chair Adjustable. Comfortable for extended sitting. Supports the natural back curves (lumbar support). Worth the extra cost.
  13. 13. Ergonomic Keyboards Encourages proper arm and hand position. Great for touch typists but challenging for finger pecking.
  14. 14. Laptop Computers Designed for portability, not ergonomics. For regular use, add an external keyboard and mouse/trackball. Raise the laptop so the screen is at eye height when sitting.
  15. 15. Tweet Bite #2 Laptop users should use a separate keyboard and mouse to avoid repetitive strain injuries. @Kinchie at #locphx
  16. 16. Where We Are Introduction Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise Truth #3: It’s All On You Truth #4: You Run The Show Truth #5: You Live At Work Conclusion
  17. 17. Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise
  18. 18. Irritating People in the Office
  19. 19. Plan Your Social Interaction
  20. 20. Finding Your Own Balance Isolation: Quiet for thinking No interruptions Interaction: Collaboration Social needs met Learn how to assess your current balance.
  21. 21. Tweet Bite #3 Your social interaction needs change over time so stay open to new solutions. @Kinchie at #locphx
  22. 22. Networking Maintain professional relationships. Attend professional organization meetings. Find business mixers. Research co-working spaces. Work and meet up in coffee shops.
  23. 23. Social Media To The Rescue Use LinkedIn for contacts and references. Join Twitter. Limit your personal time on Facebook. Stay visible online professionally.
  24. 24. Tweet Bite #4 Twitter is the best tool for home-based workers to replace casual work conversations. @Kinchie at #locphx
  25. 25. Where We Are Introduction Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise Truth #3: It’s All On You Truth #4: You Run The Show Truth #5: You Live At Work Conclusion
  26. 26. Truth #3: It’s All On You
  27. 27. Focus Exclusively On Work
  28. 28. You Have More Jobs To Do Your new jobs: Janitorial services. Buying office supplies. Shipping packages. If you are self-employed: Bookkeeping. Marketing. Legal.
  29. 29. You Are Tech Support Upgrades. Maintenance. Backups. Internet service. Replacements. Website / blog software and hosting. Social media.
  30. 30. Help Is Available Virtual assistants and concierge services. Small project work to part-time support. Trade products and services. Business coach.
  31. 31. Tweet Bite #5 Find a balance between trading for services and paying clients for your home-based office. @Kinchie at #locphx
  32. 32. Where We Are Introduction Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise Truth #3: It’s All On You Truth #4: You Run The Show Truth #5: You Live At Work Conclusion
  33. 33. Truth #4: You Run The Show
  34. 34. You Set Your Own Schedule
  35. 35. You Manage Many Things
  36. 36. What’s On Your Plate Determine your daily schedule. Break jobs into tasks and schedule them. Keep yourself motivated and on task. Strategy for problem solving.
  37. 37. Tweet Bite #6 In your home office, you are the manager and the worker bee and must be great at both. @Kinchie at #locphx
  38. 38. Where We Are Introduction Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise Truth #3: It’s All On You Truth #4: You Run The Show Truth #5: You Live At Work Conclusion
  39. 39. Truth #5: You Live At Work
  40. 40. Zero Commute
  41. 41. Too Easy To Work Easy commute to office. Work materials available. Work when ideas strike.
  42. 42. Interesting Statistic of home workers surveyed around the world say that separating work and home life is the biggest downside to working at home. Economist Intelligence Unit, “Business in Motion, Managing the Mobile Workforce,” a report sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent, April 2007, p. 2.
  43. 43. Tweet Bite #7 Most home office workers struggle to separate work from life thanks to zero comminute time. @Kinchie at #locphx
  44. 44. Create Boundaries Physical boundary. Alternate internet access. Notepad for ideas. Separate phone line (turn off ringer).
  45. 45. Where We Are Introduction Truth #1: Your Workspace Matters Truth #2: It’s Lonely in Paradise Truth #3: It’s All On You Truth #4: You Run The Show Truth #5: You Live At Work Conclusion
  46. 46. Conclusion
  47. 47. Growth Opportunity Home office pushes you outside your comfort zone. Opportunity to try new things. Great learning and growth opportunity. Captain of your own fate.
  48. 48. Supplemental Materials My website www.crowinfodesign.com Ebook about working from a home office URL: www.crowinfodesign.com/laidoffcamp.htm My blog blog.crowinfodesign.com Write about my life in my home office URL: blog.crowinfodesign.com/ My social media passport Ongoing access to me and my materials

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