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Week of March 21st

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

10 Tips For Working From Home

from Forbes

Here is a rundown of ten things you need to keep in mind to make working from home a success:

  • 1. Set aside a specific place exclusively for work. You’ll be able to deduct it from your taxes and it will help you psychologically.

    In general, to write-off home-office outlays, you must use the “area” for work only and on a regular, or constant basis, either as your primary place of business or a setting to meet with clients or to do paperwork, say, invoicing, ordering supplies, and phone calls. I suggest you snap a pic of the space, too, so you have a record in case the IRS is ever curious.

    If you’re a full-time employee at a business, you will only qualify for the deductions if the company doesn’t provide you with an office.

  • 2. Create a daily work schedule. It’s easy to get sucked into being available to work any time, any day. I work far more hours than when I had an in-house job with one employer. My choice since I am self-employed. But, in reality, for the sake of my mental health, I could use someone to pull me away from my laptop from time to time.

    If you work for one company, try to set well-defined work hours to avoid phone calls and emails without boundaries on your personal time.

    From my experience, to work from home on a regular basis, you must be well-organized, have time management skills and be a self-starter. Not everyone is hardwired that way. Be honest with yourself before you take the leap.

  • 3. Accept that your rise to the top might be thwarted, or do something to fight back. Employers figure that you can’t really manage others when you work from home. I think they’re probably right on many levels. Being a boss means face-time. But even getting promoted (and the bigger salary that goes with it) often gets tied up in the out-of- sight out-of-mind phenom. It’s an unspoken trade-off at some firms if you decide to work from home.
  • 4. Be an extrovert.Working remotely can prevent you from building workplace relationships and chances to meet new people in an office — those things rarely happen when you work from home. This is a bit of an intangible loss, but, again, push yourself to get out of the house, and squeeze in an out-of-the-office lunch, or coffee with colleagues and bosses.

    Co-workers can also be envious and resentful of your freedom. With a little effort, you can avoid the bad blood.

    At the very least, every so often, make a phone call instead of shooting off an email or a text. It can be a time suck, but I think it helps build camaraderie and you might even pick up some fun office dishing.

RECIPES OF THE WEEK

Recipes to go along with the coming week’s list of our Pinterest Weekly Specials:

NEWSWORTHY

The latest health, food and organics news from around the globe:

Why The Fat You Can See Isn’t The Fat You Should Worry About – Huff Post Healthy Living

Action On A National GMO Labeling Measure Heats Up On Capitol Hill – NPR Food

This Surgeon Carefully Places A Kit Kat Inside A 3 Musketeers Bar With Uncanny Precision – Food Beast

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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