The internet has made working from home a great option for a lot of jobs that were once entirely office-bound. But, as much as sitting in your pyjamas and taking breaks whenever you want sounds amazing, it does come with a big downside — isolation.
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When your daily commute is 20 steps between your bedroom and home office, the biggest threats to your weight and health are lack of movement and the temptations of a fully-stocked kitchen and fridge. Here are tips to nip those Pac-Man-like habits in the bud when you don't even need to leave the house.
From across the coffee shop, I noticed a gentleman walking in with a computer. Not a laptop, mind you. With both hands, he carried a full-on desktop, monitor and console included. Surely he's not ... I thought to myself -- but I was wrong. He plopped the machinery down on a table, plugged in, and ordered his coffee while the rest of us looked on in horror.
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Telecommuting is pretty easy now. Skype, Slack and good ol' Gchat -- excuse me, Google Hangouts -- make communicating with your colleagues down the hall or around the world a breeze whether you're in the office or not. But if you're concerned about starting a telecommute program, or want to start a trial run with your boss, be sure to start small, and provide feedback that will help you work from home again in the future.
Because I both work and travel, I choose destinations based on a few important things: Fast, reliable internet; food; general safety; culture; and foo -- oops, I said that already. One of the key resources I use for learning more about a place before I go is NomadList, a handy resource that's built for digital nomads or work-from-anywhere folks like myself.
As a work-from-anywhere writer, I'm always on the hunt for cool new cafes and work-friendly spaces to haul my laptop to. If I head somewhere new, though, I'm always plagued by the same questions: Are there outlets? Is the Wi-Fi reliable and is it free? Is there food or just old, crusty bear claws?
If you're lucky enough to work from anywhere, you can take advantage of your freedom and work while you travel. Our own Stephanie Lee just spent the last nine months as one of these "digital nomads", with just a couple of suitcases and her laptop. Here are some practical things to consider if you want to be one, too.
It's easy to forget manners when you're all alone. From showing up late to meetings and forgetting simple things like "please" and "thank you", otherwise polite and well-behaved humans can come off as complete jerks in the absence of face-to-face contact. Isolation is the culprit, but you don't have to fall prey.
Dear Lifehacker, I'm one of the final applicants for a new state sales role that is completely based on the road. As I've always been at a desk in an office this is both exciting and scary! What sort of things will I need to be aware of when traveling around the state selling and working from home? They are also offering a car allowance -- how does that work and what do I need to keep in mind?