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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Dear Lifehacker, I cannot stomach the idea of working in an office for the rest of my life. The idea of being forced to head to work for a set number of hours in a specific place is incredibly stifling. Now, I'm not lazy. I'm a very hard worker, but I don't like being confined. It feels like it drains my creativity. Is there a way I can break free from this lifestyle without becoming broke or homeless?
The day before you work from home, remember to transfer any important files, as Fast Company points out in their guide to working from home. If you're using a different computer, sync everything over with Dropbox, email or a USB drive.
Even if you're using the same computer, or if you mostly rely on cloud services, remember to also prepare for any two-factor logins, and anything that won't work on your corporate VPN. And bring any physical documents home.
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.
Microsoft in Japan has teamed up with high-end cosmetics brand Shiseido to develop an app that will add a filter that overlays virtual makeup on people's faces when they're on Skype calls, according to reports. The app is targeted at women who are self-conscious about their appearance when they're on video conferences. Here's what we know so far.
If you have the ability to work from anywhere, you probably work from home. That means you probably don't leave the house very often, and you might miss out on some opportunities to grow professionally. Joining a coworking space can remedy that.
Dear Lifehacker, A few weeks ago I noticed a lump just above my belly button area which was about the size of a large marble. I got an ultrasound and was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Eight months before this, I joined a gym and have noticed great results. Every single person tells me NOT to do any weight lifting and only to stick to cardio. Which sucks.
A few months ago, I was interviewing someone for a story when I heard a knock at my door. It was my apartment's maintenance crew, a day late to install something. Before I could pause the interview, the knocking turned into loud banging, and it didn't take long before my interview subject asked "are you OK over there?"
Whether you work from home or your boss works remotely, the workplace today is much different from the centralized offices of the past. For many organisations, remote employees spread across the country are now the norm. Here's how you can effectively work with your boss, even if you aren't in the same place.