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Video: If you work from home, you know how important it is to stay connected with your boss and coworkers via email and chat programs such as Slack. The trouble is, text-only communication can leave a lot up to the imagination in terms of tone. Is your online boss really a jerk who hates everything you do? Or are you just reading their messages in the worst way possible?

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Working in a traditional office has its perks. Unlimited coffee, a decent selection of snacks, and the presence of an actual photocopier can make a huge difference in your productivity. If you don’t have a traditional workplace, or you’re planning to get some work done on your holiday — to the “delight” of your travelling companions — consider Coworker.

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A few years ago, I decided to ditch working the corporate life, in favour of freelancing. There were a number of factors in that decision. Things like not enjoying my job, wanting to know if I could make it on my own and freedom to pursue passion projects and spend more time with my kids. The cost of that was the reassurance of a steady pay-packet each month. Telsyte's Australian Digital Workplace Study 2017 suggests more than half of Aussie workers would trade cash for more flexible work arrangements.

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I like people, but I've always been kind of shy and I cherish my alone time. When I started working from home, I looked forward to that time: No more meetings, small talk or awkward happy hours. It was fine for a while, but then I got lonely. Worse, I developed mild social anxiety. Even a trip to the grocery store seemed like an obstacle. I had to do something about it.

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There are many people who want to quit their '9-to-5' jobs to become their own boss so they can set their own work hours and agenda. This kind of freedom is appealing and it motivates people to strike out on their own and become entrepreneurs. But if you think working for yourself will be easy, startup mentor Jon Westenberg is here to give you a reality check.

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If you and your partner both work from home, you're familiar with the unique challenges it can present to your relationship. From feeling like you're always on top of each other to having all of your quality time interrupted, the freelance life can be rough on relationships. Here's how to keep the spark when you both work from home.

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Working from home, whether it's once in a while or every day, doesn't make you immune to the social weirdness that comes with other people. In fact, being physically removed from your coworkers can make communicating that much stranger. Here's what you need to know to avoid awkward silences in chat rooms, flat jokes on conference calls, or just feeling isolated from the rest of your colleagues.

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If you're able to work from home or remotely, you have more flexibility when it comes to deciding where to live. But not all cities are friendly to telecommuting. This filterable list from NomadList ranks cities for cost of living, internet speeds, weather and more.

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Starting a new remote gig, be it a contract project or a full-time job, can be a little intimidating if you’re used to going into an office day after day. But this style of employment is growing in popularity, with some very notable companies lending it their endorsements.