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Times they have a’ changed with more and more people choosing to work from home. Though it’s definitely not for everybody, many enjoy the effortless commute to their jobs and having the ability to work within a schedule that best fits their needs. Yet it would seem that there are quite a few naysayers who are pushing for people to work less in the home and more in the office.
Here are some reasons why a person should not work from home. Do you agree?
If you have been itching to leave the office and freelance, now seems to be the perfect time. According to new surveys from two freelancers’ marketplaces, working independently is the wave of future — and present.
The new data shows that businesses are relying more and more on freelancers. ODesk found that businesses spent more than $1 billion to conduct work using its “online workplace” platform, which features more than four million registered freelancers offering more than 2,000 different skills, reports Yahoo. Startups, especially, are utilizing freelance workers. According to oDesk data, 58 percent of hires on its platform are made by businesses that call themselves startups.
And it seems no college degree is needed. Online services marketplace Rev.com found that freelancers without a college education earn more than their higher-educated work-from-home counterparts. “Freelance workers without any formal education beyond high school work the most, with monthly earnings nearly three times that of their counterparts with a graduate degree, Rev reports,” writes Yahoo.
Older workers, who tend to be more reliable, work more hours, earning 30 percent more per month than those under 30 (with normalized pay rates), and produce the same quality of work (all ages average 4.5 out of 5 in quality score), found Rev.com.
Freelancing will continue to grow. Staffing Industry Analysts estimates that the market for online workers will increase to $2 billion by 2014.
“For anyone who enjoys working from wherever they like in the world, and is interested in WordPress, Automattic is 100% committed to being distributed. 130 of our 150 people are outside of San Francisco.”The most beneficial work environment is when employees have a mixed presence in the office, working a few days at home and some in the office. This allows you to be able to wait on the cable guy, while also building strong relationships with your coworkers, your managers, and the company as a whole.
RequirementsTo qualify for the home office business deduction, you need to use that space as your primary and exclusive workspace. Primary means that this is where most of your business happens. Let’s say your employer has an office for you on his property and you have a home office. You can’t take the deduction because your boss already has a primary place for you to conduct business.
PercentagesOnce you’ve determined that you can take this deduction, you need to figure out the amount of money you can subtract from your taxable income. It’s based on what percentage of your home is dedicated to your home office. For example, let’s say that you have a 1000 square foot apartment and the room you use for your home office is about 450 square feet. That’s 45 percent of the total area and you can take 45 percent of the resources you spend on your home as a deduction. Now that includes the rent/mortgage of your home, the utilities, and the insurance on the home. Just remember that even if it’s a household expense, it must be used for business use to be deductible. If you have telephone service, you can’t claim a percentage of that service if you don’t use it to make business calls.
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by Charlotte Young
For many professionals, chatting around the water cooler at a 9-5 office is quickly changing to a mix of the physical office and virtual work life. It’s a change that comes with both benefits and challenges, the biggest problem being a slower response time. But Forbes reports that a survey by Microsoft Office 365 and 85 Broads found that women prefer to work from home 3.1 days per week as it leads to a better work/life balance. For these women, Forbes has a list of valuable insights to staying ahead when working from home.
One of the biggest problems employees face while working from home is employer skepticism that they are putting in a full work schedule. In efforts to combat any doubt, it’s important to remain transparent about your work habits. Share your calendar with your team or keep a running list of documents in a shared drive so that your colleagues will know what’s been keeping you busy.
Make sure to establish a clear schedule that is as close as possible to your office schedule. This will help your boss, clients and colleagues know when you are available.
Stay available to your business contacts. With a clear schedule in place, make sure to stay online as often as you can. Respond quickly to emails so that your colleagues know you’re there. Check in with your team throughout the day through the phone to effectively respond to their questions. Make phone and online appointments to meet with clients and colleagues just as you would if you were in the office. Don’t wait for your team to call you, stay ahead of the workload by reaching out to your team first.
The most important thing is to make sure you stay focused on your objectives. By working with your manager, you can ensure a clear understanding of the goals and deliverables you must accomplish in your virtual work setting.
For the working woman dealing with children and family concerns, a blend of office and virtual work life may work best. Keeping in mind these tips, these women can stay connected to their professional life and competitive for salary raises and promotion while keeping a closer eye on the little ones.
Who says you have to leave your house to make money? You can make a few dollars for padding your saving account, or paying off bills, just by creatively using the resources in your very own home. Check out the following ways you can make quick and easy money, using common household items! Read the rest of this entry »
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(WSJ/ SmartMoney.com) – With Earth Day just days away, consider greening your office. Or better yet, get rid of it altogether.
Thanks to improved technology and the high price of gasoline, working remotely has become an increasingly popular—and less expensive —option for both large and small work forces. Since 2006, the number of U.S. employees who worked remotely at least one day per month increased 39% to 17.2 million in 2008, according to the latest survey available from WorldatWork, global human resources association in Washington, D.C.