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Much to my surprise and my roommates’ consternation, I have somehow managed to work from home for an entire year. There are a lot of upsides to leading a laissez-faire life of couch-writing. I never have to commute, which is a true blessing, considering how often all the New York City subways experience system wide meltdowns during rush hour. I rarely put on real pants. I can make doctor’s appointments in the middle of the day, or at least I could if I had health insurance that covered a doctor’s appointment.

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Home-based businesses are a huge contributor to the Australian business market, with nearly one million people now earning their money from home according to the ATO. Benefits include having the flexibility and convenience to escape the daily 9-5 grind and work at their own terms.

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The school holidays are coming up - which is bad news for freelancers and home business owners who also happen to be parents. Just how on Earth are you expected to feed, entertain and supervise your kids while tackling a busy work day? We asked a few home business owners with rugrats to share their survival tips.

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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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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.

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As more people turn to freelance work and self-employment, the home office is fast becoming the new norm. Working from home welcomes the luxury of freedom that’s hard to find in a conventional office setting. However, the comfort of your own home may also act as a distraction, so it’s important to design a fully functional workspace that is both stimulating and inspiring, to boost your productivity. Here are five tips on setting up the ideal home office, for maximum comfort, style and efficiency.

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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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After years of working from coffee shops and couches, there's one thing I'm certain of: working remotely is hard. Incredibly hard. On paper, it sounds all rainbows and unicorns -- you get to choose your own hours, you don't need to deal with a boss looming over your shoulder, and you can even work in your pajamas.

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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.

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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?"