Staying Healthy When You Work From Home – 5 tips

In September, we wrote about some of the problems faced by those who run a business from their home. We discussed such issues as: maintaining a work/life balance, avoiding distractions from family, and establishing a designated work space. However, assuming you now have all that covered (?), there remains another issue that is particularly pertinent to those working from home and arguably to all entrepreneurs, who by nature tend to be workaholics. Whether your home is your workplace, or whether you have an actual office/shop front where you conduct your business, your health and wellbeing – mental, as well as physical – are supremely important.   So, how can you assure that you stay physically and mentally on top of your game and that your health and fitness don’t ge ...

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Time to Ditch the Ampersand!

Most editors have a – short(?)- list of pet peeves. One of mine is the indiscriminate use of the ampersand. The wretched & that is too often used to replace the actual word – and.   Don’t get me wrong, there are legitimate uses for the ampersand. Use the ampersand when it is  part of the name of a business: e.g., Abercrombie & Fitch; Johnson & Johnson; or Bed Bath & Beyond. These companies have chosen to use an ampersand as part of their name and it is important to respect that. (Equally important, of course,  to respect those that have not chosen to use the ampersand, such as RW and Co.)   “But…. it saves time, and it’s such a pretty little sign…” True, it is kind of cute, but how much time is realistically saved by ...

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3 Problems Facing Those Who Work From Home

Do you run a business from your home office? Are you a freelancer? Consultant? Tutor? Music teacher? Craftsperson?  Translator? Baker? Artist?  Author?….   The list is almost endless. Given real estate prices in major cities and the costs and time involved in long commutes, more and more people – who have that option – are choosing to work from home, at least part of the time, while many work full time at a huge range of home-based businesses. Entrepreneurs, creative artists, and freelancers all have very different needs and may face different issues but some problems are common to all, whether you’re a best-selling author with a comfortable home office, a struggling musician working out of your parents’ basement, or pretty much anywhere in between.   ...

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