Tips For Working At Home

Messy Home Office

If you are a new solopreneur or remote worker, chances are you are excited by your plan and just want to dive right in. Your home workspace may look something like this right now, but if you are serious about being in business or have work expectations to fulfil, you will need some structure in your time, space, relationships, technology and personal habits. After many years of being a solopreneur in business, I share Tips For Working At Home that I have learned through trial and error.

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How To Spring Clean Your Business

Mindset Monday
Well, it’s spring here in Victoria BC and with it comes our need to clean up after a long winter.  In my household, I’ve been busy cleaning windows, painting, preparing the balcony for planting and cleaning carpets.  I want to have everything ship-shape so that I can enjoy the coming wonderful sunny warm weather.  It occurred to one of my Success Circle participants (thank you Paull Murray) that we should also consider spring cleaning our businesses.  Following our discussion, I share our ideas for How To Spring Clean Your Business

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Online Customer Service Solutions

Sharing Information

What does good customer service look like online?  Is it significantly different from traditional business service?  Some time ago some solopreneurs were discussing the answers to these questions in our weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle.  They decided that all excellent service depends on making the customer/client feel special and cared about. But what online customer service solutions should we add?  Following is a summary of the key suggestions they made:

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Home Office Choices for a Healthy Planet

Healthy Planet

I looked at this issue back in 2011 when I was concerned about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, plans for drilling in the Beaufort Sea and building pipelines in NWT.  And here I am seven years later so worried about our impact on the oceans. Today I will revisit home office choices for a healthy planet with a focus on my environmental footprint.

Our life and work style simply must change if we are to save this planet.  Our oceans and soils are full of plastics that we will ingest by eating fish and vegetables.  Probable oil spills from pipelines will damage our rivers and ocean shorelines.

On the one hand, we must have oil to maintain our current North American way of life and on the other, we dare not risk more potential for disaster.  This quandary has caused me to reflect on what I can do personally to minimize my environmental footprint. As I look around my home office, what steps can I take?

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Isolation At Work

Alone In Business

A variety of work situations can bring about that feeling of being cut off from people and having no one to turn to. Daniel Goleman in Emotional Intelligence says this is a mortality risk both in business and on a personal level.

We will examine isolation at work and how to minimize it.

 Typical Situations:

  • The solo entrepreneur working out of a home office

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