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Separating Your Professional and Personal Life

Posted By Community Editor, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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When you work from home, the lines between your personal and professional lives can often become very blurred.  Maintaining a healthy work life balance can be difficult.  By establishing healthy boundaries and allocating time for both roles, you can find the balance that so many at home workers find elusive.

Recognize when you do not have a good work/life balance

First off, you can’t change what you are not willing to acknowledge.  When you are so busy with work related projects that you have no time for family, friends and yourself, it is time to reassess. How do you know whether you have a good work and life balance? Ask yourself:

-  Is every minute of my days spent doing or thinking about work related tasks?

-  Have I been missing events with family and friends because I’m catching up on work?

-  How often do I fall asleep thinking about work?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, chances are good it’s time to make a few changes in your routine. 

Clock in and out of your home office at the same times each day

Even if your job doesn’t require you to clock in and out, it can be a helpful practice to adopt to create some structure to your day.  Especially when working from home, try setting a schedule if your company has not already done so for you, and stick to those hours.  Make sure you have a day or two off each week free from work activities which will give you an opportunity to rest and engage in non-related work activities.

Know your distractions and minimize them during your working hours

Distraction abound and can be as different as we are as individuals.  Everyone has certain things that can easily distract them from work, including social media, texting, online games, television, house chores and other activities.  During your working hours, minimize your potential distractions by limiting the time you spend online surfing the internet, checking the latest news on your social media sites or reading blogs related to personal issues.  Save private conversations with friends for lunch time or after work hours.  Be sure to recognize the limits of your concentration. Most people can’t concentrate for more than 90 minutes without a small break.  Taking a brief 10-15 minute break to stretch your legs can help get your focus back on track. Also, don’t be afraid to set boundaries if people try to pull you away from your work. For instance, if people distract you by texting or calling during work hours, turn your phone off and catch up with them later.  Simply putting your phone in a drawer away from you or in another room can minimize the temptation to answer it.

Overcome procrastination

If you know that something needs to be done, don’t give up until that task has been accomplished. Focusing on completing work tasks during work hours will give you more freedom in your free time. When working on long projects that require more than an eight hour shift, break it in sections and finish one each day.

These suggestions are only a start to help you better manage your personal and professional life.  For more information or to continue the conversation, visit WAHspace.com.

 

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Writing an Effective Resume

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Whether you are currently working from home or are on the hunt for a work at home position, your resume is a key tool to help you secure the job you want. If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. Here are some basic tips to help you craft a resume that will help open the doors to your work at home career.

Use Keywords

Take a look at the job posting that you are applying for and incorporate some of the keywords into your resume. Many companies increasingly rely on placing resumes in a keyword-searchable database and using software to match specific terms that relate to the job they are looking to fill. More than 90% of resumes are evaluated digitally using job-specific keywords. If your resume does not use the specific language that they are looking for, it will be challenging to make it through the initial screening process. 

Your Email Matters

Generally, email will be your primary method of communication with your potential employer.  Make sure that the email address that you use reflects the overall professional demeanor that you are looking to present in your application package.  We suggest keeping the email address itself fairly neutral, and save the adorable or cutesy email handles for another account.  With an abundance of available free host options for email nowadays, setting up a separate account to manage your job search makes sense for many job seekers. 

Formatting – Keep it Simple!

Choose a basic but modern font, such as Helvetica, Arial, or Calibri. Make your resume easy on the hiring manager’s eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 points. Many job seekers choose to use one of the many available resume templates to easily format their information and work history.  There’s no need to entirely fill up the page with text, as some empty space will keep your resume from looking too busy.    

Proofread

Make sure that your resume is in impeccable condition, free of any typos or grammatical errors. You can ask a family member or friend to take a look before submitting it to the position you’re applying for.  Alternatively, connect with a fellow job seeker at WAHspace.com and take turns proofreading each other’s resumes.

Remember that no single resume is right for every job and make sure to keep your resume short, professional and relevant.  For more information and to join the world’s largest work at home community, visit www.wahspace.com.

 

 

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Practical Considerations for Work at Home Success

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, July 15, 2016

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Work at home positions can vary significantly, from the freelance writer who makes her own hours as long as she is able to meet her editor’s deadlines, to the customer service representative who needs to be available to answer his inbound calls during set hours throughout the work day.  Remote positions that allow you to work from the comfort and convenience of your own home are no longer a trend and growing in popularity every day.  However, the opportunity to work at home may not be right for every person at every stage of their life.  

Many people aspire to the work at home lifestyle as a way to spend more time with their families.  But the idea of having a home office just steps away from where your children are playing can, when realized, turn out to be a mixed bag.  Be mindful that work at home roles generally provide greater parental flexibility, but don’t always eliminate the need for a child care provider.  Good planning on the front end will help ensure that to you will be able to perform your on the job role in excellence. 

Think about whether or not your home itself will support your work.  Do you have a designated office or work area, preferably with a door?  If you live in an area where power outages or rolling blackouts commonly occur, you might want to consider having a backup generator on hand.   Some WAH professionals choose to have a second internet service provider or wireless hotspot capability, in case their primary service is ever disrupted.  

At WAHspace, we are enthusiastic champions of the work at home way of life.  That said, we want you to be thoughtful as you plan for your work at home success.   For more ideas, join the community and continue the conversation at WAHspace.com.

 

 

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Work at Home is Here to Stay

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, July 8, 2016

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There was a time when the idea of working at home was nothing more than a dream for most and reality for only a lucky few. The facts today tell us a different story. According to Global Workplace Analytics, regular work at home among the non-self-employed population has grown by 103% since 2005. The same study showed that 3.7 million employees (2.8% of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time.  Finally, the recently released 2015 Time and Work Study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 35 percent of those employed in professional and related occupations did all or some of their work at home on days that they work. 

Many companies have policies in place that guide their employees in developing a part-time or full-time work at home routine. Others have developed innovative business models that take advantage of the opportunities that technology provides to connect with the at home workforce and save the company time and money.  As we have noted previously, working at home provides many benefits not just for employees but also for the planet.  

Whether you are a long-time at home worker or someone exploring work at home for the first time as a lifestyle possibility, WAHspace can get you on the right track. WAHspace was founded as an online community resource to connect people who work from home and the companies that they work for.  You can earn your WAH Certification to demonstrate your suitability for at home work, and share this credential with current and future employers. Learn more and join for free at www.WAHspace.com.

 

 

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So I Joined WAHspace…Now What?

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, June 30, 2016

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First, congratulations on becoming part of the world’s largest online work at home community.  Now that you’ve taken this important first step, here are a few suggestions for how to continue and maximize your WAHspace experience.

Build Your Profile

 Take a few minutes to build out your WAHspace profile with your personal information.  What are your interest and hobbies? What makes YOU unique? Your profile is a place where other WAHspace members can begin to get to know you through shared interests and where you can begin connecting with one another.

Get WAH Certified

This important credential will assess your personality fit and general skill level to work at home.  After you have successfully earned this certification, your WAHspace profile will indicate that you are among those who have chosen to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate your unique suitability for work at home positions.  The WAH Certification is part of the offerings on the site through WAH University – simply click on the book icon to begin! 

Upload Your Resume

Make sure that your current professional resume is a part of your WAHspace profile.  Don’t have a resume ready to upload? We suggest that you connect with some of your fellow WAHspace members for tips on how to create a winning resume that best reflects your skills, talents and experience.

Get Background Checked

Many employers require background checks as part of the hiring process – beat them to the punch by proactively completing this task with WAHspace. We offer you the opportunity to get background checked through a secure, third party vendor.  Once complete, you can download a copy of the report for your files. 

The suggestions above are just the beginning of what WAHspace has to offer.  To find out more – or to join for free – visit www.WAHspace.com.

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Get Connected on WAHspace

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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We started WAHspace because, despite the many benefits of working from home, we repeatedly heard that work-at-homers wanted to feel a sense of connection to other like-minded people. We know firsthand how working from home can get lonely at times and make you feel segregated from the rest of the world. WAHspace not only helps bridge a gap between WAH members and WAH Certified Companies, but we also help create a sense of community. 

 

Connecting with other WAHspace members can help you stay dialed into the WAH environment and it is easy to do! To connect with another WAHspace member, just login to the WAHspace site with your username and password. After you’re logged in, simply search the member database at the top right of the website. Enter a keyword, location or even a name. Once the person is found, click on them to reach a link where you will click to send a connection request. Once the member accepts your connection, they will be under your "Connections" tab ready for you to view their profile and begin chatting. 

 

Connecting with other members can support building relationships within the WAH environment with people that can better both your personal and professional life. With members from all around the country – and some from other parts of the globe, WAHspace is the world’s largest online WAH community that brings together diverse group of people along with their own ideas, traditions and interests. Share the things that help you stay motivated throughout a work day and hear about other members’ pros and cons on working from home to give you more ideas on how to better yourself and improve the way YOU work from home. 

 

Let us know how you’ve been able to stay connected with other at home workers. If you haven’t joined the community yet, visit WAHspace.com to sign up for free and start getting connected. 

 

 

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Manage your Time when Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, June 16, 2016
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We all know (and aspire to be like) that person who seems to get more accomplished in a day than others get done in a week.  More often than not, their secret comes down to how they manage their time.  Whether you work at home or in an office, how you manage your most finite resource – time – can help differentiate you from your peers.

In our recent blog post we talked about some potential pitfalls when working at home and how to overcome them.  Let’s take things a step further on a few other tactics that can help you avoid distractions during a work day.  Designating a particular room as an office where neither a spouse nor children can enter during work hours, should allow you to avoid human distractions, ensuring that you get enough time to finish your work.  When you step out on your breaks, you can definitely check in with the family – but a clear way to signal please do not disturb is by keeping the door to your home office closed while you are working.

Speaking of breaks, we recommend designing your work schedule, with regular pauses for breaks included, and sticking to it.  Making to-do lists is another great way to generate accountability for your personal productivity.  There’s a great satisfaction that can come from checking a completed item off of your list.  Some people prefer using an agenda or calendar so you can get things done with specific deadlines, or taking a more technological approach like using the Todoist or Any.do apps.  Both options allow you to plan your day more efficiently.

Consider utilizing cloud services from services like Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive.  All have both free and paid options that allow you to access your work documents from anywhere that there’s an internet connection.  This can help you make the most out of working remotely no matter where you are at.  Be aware of any security requirements of your employer or clients, and be sure to protect any sensitive documents or data with the proper security protocols.

Working from home, it may sometimes seem like we have all the time in the world, but if we’re not careful with our time we might end up underperforming and not reaching our objectives. In order to maximize your time, keep your breaks in check so you don’t get behind in your work and try to have everything you need organized before you start your day.  For more great ideas that will help you in your work at home career continue visiting WAHspace.com.

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Easy and Healthy Work At Home Lunch Ideas

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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When you work at home, lunch time can be a simple as getting up from your desk and walking across the room to your kitchen refridgerator.  But the big decision still looms…what are you actually going to eat for lunch?  With your whole kitchen at your disposal, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and we sometimes take too much time thinking about what we’re going to have for lunch. Here are some tips and ideas to keep this daily decision making process in check. 

Prepare Basics Ahead of Time

If you want to take the hassle out of your at home lunch time, you’ve got to be willing to put some time in up front.  Sunday afternooons are a good opportunity to meal prep for the week, whether it’s for your lunch or the family dinner.  With the right ingredients prepped, cooked and ready to go, you can have a healthy and easy lunch put together in no time.  We like keeping grilled chicken breast, roasted vegetables, sliced cucumbers and tuna salad on hand – but the possibilities are just about endless.  Clear plastic or glass reusable containers can help you organize your ingredients and choose the right items when your stomach starts growling.

Sandwiches, Salads and Wraps

Now that you’ve got your basics together, putting together an actual meal is easy.  From a chicken pesto sandwich to a roasted veggie and tuna salad wrap, you can have your lunch ready to go in no time. Keep a big bag of fresh greens on hand to make a good base for your salad, or add a handful of greens to bring some freshness to your sandwich or wrap.  Get as creative as you’d like mixing it up with putting your toppings on a croissant or even adding some healthy fat with slices of avocado.

A Healthy Side Dish or Snack

Some days, the sandwich or salad just doesn’t seem like enough on its own.  The temptation might be to reach for a handful of chips or a few scoops of ice cream from your freezer.  While there’s nothing wrong with these treats occasionally, there are other options that can satisfy and still be nutritious. Check out our recent blog post to get some healthy snacking ideas to roud out your lunchtime meal.

Whatever you choose to eat, be mindful that you will want to get good nutrition without being too full, so that you can continue to work throughout the rest of the day.  For more options on what to eat for lunch check out our our Pinterest page, and keep the conversation going by becoming a member at WAHspace.com.

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Make the Most out of your WAH Certification

Posted By Community Editor, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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When applying for a desired work at home position, it can be difficult to differentiate yourself from the thousands of candidates who are also looking to take advantage of this ever growing opportunity to work and live in the same location. 

After you’ve created your free WAHspace profile, visit WAH University where you can take a simple step to help stand out from the crowd. Developed in conjunction with work at home human resource professionals, the WAH Certification is a two-part assessment that will evaluate some of your basic skills and your personality fit for working at home.  Upon successful completion of the assessment, you can download a certificate that shows you are WAH Certified.  Your WAHspace profile is also automatically updated to reflect the new credential.

But it doesn’t need to stop there!  We recommend that you add the new certification to your resume.  While there are many ways to do this, we suggest that you add the words “WAH Certified” in the section of your resume where you list your skills.  Much like a licensed insurance agent would include his or her testing or license information, you can also include your newly earned skillset.

Be sure to download a copy of your certificate and save it in the electronic folder where you keep your personal cover letters, resume and other career related credentials.  When you apply to a new position, include the electronic PDF file of your WAH Certification as part of your application package.

WAHspace is the world’s largest work at home community to network with your work at home colleagues, build new relationships and share your success stories and challenges so others can learn from your experience.  Join for free and continue the conversation at www.WAHspace.com.

 

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How to Stay Energized while Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, May 20, 2016

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Staying energized throughout the work day can be a challenge whether you work at home or in a traditional office environment, and your overall energy levels can directly affect your professional performance.  Here are a few tips to stay energized and maintain peak performance throughout your work day.

Get Moving in the Morning

Working out early in the morning can really wake you up and help you feel more energized, better preparing you for your work life demands.  A morning workout and regular exercise can aid your posture, which will support in keeping you comfortable at your home workstation.  Stepping outside for a morning walk or jog has the added benefit of providing some needed natural light which can also enhance your mood and memory.

Stay Hydrated

An early cup of coffee can give us a great energy boost and according to Popular Science, the optimal time to get your caffeine fix in is sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning.  Remember not to overdo it, though, as the morning boost can turn into the jitters followed by an energy crash if you drink too much.  Coffee should not be a substitute for water – try to get at least six to eight 8 ounce glasses of water in throughout the day.  And avoid sugary drinks such as juice or soda because they might lead to a sugar crash – and who needs those extra calories, anyway?

 

Take Breaks – and Consider the Power Nap

Some innovative employers have started to provide quiet spaces where in-office employees can escape for a quick power nap.  When you work at home, there is always a nap space available – but use it wisely. Power naps can be quite helpful for those 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. energy dips. Business Insider reports that the perfect length for these naps is about 10 minutes.  On your work breaks, you can also listen to some upbeat music, and perhaps even dance a little bit to get oxygen and endorphins circulating throughout your body.

No matter what you choose to do, WAHspace will continue to bring you tips and suggestions to enhance your overall work at home experience so join the community today. 

 

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What is WAHspace?

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

 

Short video that explains what exactly is WAHspace all about. If you work at home, make sure to watch this video and learn everything you can do with WAHspace!

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Develop your Work at Home Routine

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Like many other areas of life, success in working at home comes from a combination of trial and error to help you figure out what works best for your personal work at home routine.  Experimenting with how you manage your time, the best times to do certain tasks, when do you feel your most productive can help you determine how to operate at your professional peak.  Here are a few suggestions that could positively impact your routine, making you more productive, helping you manage your time and making the most out working from home.

Rise and Shine

First off, you need a regular wake up time. Set your alarm and get up in the morning when it goes off.  Follow a morning personal hygiene routine, similar to what you might do if you were getting ready to go to the office.  This includes showering, brushing your teeth, and getting dressed in something other than your pajamas.

Healthy Morning Nutrition

This is one of the most important things you need to do every morning to stay at your best.  Eating a healthy breakfast that includes protein and complex carbohydrates, along with some hot coffee or tea, will give you a needed boost of energy so you can start your day just right.

Checking Off Your Tasks

With a properly fueled body, you can now start checking your email and working with the tasks of the day.  Keep a list of what you need to get accomplished and check things off once the items are completed.  Celebrate your victories, no matter how small, to help create momentum that will keep you going throughout the day.

Time for a Break

When you get a break, remember to move around, stretch, take a walk or even try to a have short high intensity workout set to boost your metabolism and mix it up from that sedentary position that most of us are in for many of our work hours. You can also grab a healthy snack or take a few minutes to engage in a personal hobby, or make a brief phone call to connect with a friend or loved one. 

Create Your Own “Off Switch”

At the end of the work day, try to come up with some sort of physical activity or routine that allows both your mind and body to disconnect from your job.  This can be taking a a shower, going for a jog or just preparing dinner with your family.  These types of practices can send an “off” signal to your body so that you know that the work day is officially through. 

There are a lot of daily routines available for you to follow, you can mix and match or rearrange to whatever works best for you.  As you experiment with your own work at home routine, make sure to keep visiting WAHspace.com to continue to improve your work at home experience.

 

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How Music Can Enhance Your Work

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Music can play a lot of roles in our daily life.  It can take us back to special memories, it can make us dance, and it can make us laugh.  But did you know that music can also enhance your productivity and boost your mood? The right tunes can bring a positive vibe to your everyday work at home experience.  Exercise caution here, though – you should always think about when and which kind of music is the right fit for your job.  Keep in mind, too, that there are some situations where your employer might take issue with a background soundtrack, no matter how thoughtfully chosen, so use your judgement. 

Up-tempo pop music can help boost your mood and even be motivational, which can be great for your productivity levels if your tasks are repetitive. This kind of music has been shown to improve accuracy and efficiency and is recommended to be used in intervals, when attention spans tend to start fading, so it can increase alertness making the task at hand less boring. If you’re working on more complicated tasks that require more concentration such as data analysis you should try listening to instrumental music so it doesn’t interfere with situations that require comprehension or information processing.

Upbeat dance music can help increase the level of antibodies in your system because music induces psychological changes, reducing stress and therefore direct immune enhancement.  Listening to music has repeatedly proven to help you pick up the pace during a workout and it can even help you boost your immune system by reducing stress and anxiety, especially for pregnant women, according to Science Daily

If you find music distracting and prefer to work in silence, then honor your style preferences and consider a white noise machine to block out some of the background distractions.  And if you’ve never worked with music on before, simply try it out – adding some music to your work at home routine might make your experience a whole lot richer. To share your work at home soundtrack suggestions and more, keep visiting WAHspace.com.

 

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Recognizing Earth Day With WAHspace

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Earth Day is recognized on April 22 and provides us with an opportunity to explore one of the lesser known benefits of working at home – the positive environmental effects that working from home can have on the planet. 

Whether you already work at home or are looking to do so, the environmental upsides of the growing WAH trend are worth taking a second look at.  One of the most consistent contributors to carbon emissions is our dependence on automobile transportation.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that transportation accounts for 26% of greenhouse gas emissions.  Our daily car drives are one of the most polluting activities we can engage in and since most of our daily drives involve our commute, working from home can minimize employee carbon footprint.

According to Global Workforce Analytics, if people had remote work positions or worked at home half of the time, estimated savings could be up to $20 million in gas and 54 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.  This is the equivalent of taking almost 10 million cars off the road for a year.  Without a doubt, the growing trend towards telecommuting has the potential to create substantial positive environmental impact.

Working at home isn’t entirely a green solution, and in fact some people who work at home may be surprised when their utility bills initially increase.  For tips on how to save energy when working at home, check out our recent post.  For more information, join the community and continue the conversation at www.WAHspace.com.

 

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Potential Pitfalls When Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, April 11, 2016

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The freedom and flexibility of a work at home position also comes with the – sometimes startling – reality that we no longer have someone looking over our shoulder, making sure that we stay on task.  We can begin our workday with a positive, can-do attitude, but good intentions do not always translate into good results.  In the space between what we said we were going to accomplish and actual work produced are the steps that we take along the way.  Here are some potential pitfalls to avoid in your work at home day, so that when you close your laptop in the evening you can feel good about yourself and what you actually got done. 

The Social Media / Internet Browsing Black Hole

A few minutes to “just check Facebook” can quickly lead to an hour or more wasted on searching for a new dinner casserole recipe, getting caught up the day’s political news, or emailing your cousin about plans for the upcoming weekend.  Sure, all of these things may need to be done, but successful work at home employees schedule their time throughout the day and stick to the task at hand.  We suggest that you sit down at your computer 30 minutes before you actually begin working to take care of some of your daytime sensitive electronic tasks that don’t pertain to your professional role.  And when it’s time to start working, close out of your personal email and social media browser tabs completely.  If you still find it difficult to avoid the temptation of social media, free software is available to download and block certain sites.

Noise Pollution

When you first begin working at home, you may be surprised by the number of noisy distractions that occur throughout the day.  Garbage trucks, lawn mowers, unsolicited phone calls – all of these things can take you out of the zone and away from the task at hand.  If you find yourself easily distracted by these interruptions, we suggest a good pair of noise cancelling headphones or a white noise machine to minimize the disturbances. 

Human Distractions

If you work at home when family or roommates are also around, be sure to clearly communicate your boundaries with them.  Just because you’re at home does not mean that you’re available, and some people – particularly children – may need to be reminded of this repeatedly.  Clear, up-front communication will help to minimize distractions from your loved ones. 

Over Snacking

When you work at home, it’s easy to end up in front of the refrigerator every time that you take a break.  Once again, we find that the best results start with setting a plan and sticking to it.  Schedule your meals and snacks in advance, so that you don’t end up mindlessly munching on a bag of chips while trying to work through a tough work problem. Remember that healthy eating at home starts with smart grocery shopping, so check our list of healthy snacks before you shop to help make healthy buying decisions.

For more on this and other topics, join the work at home community and continue the conversation at www.WAHspace.com.

 

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Getting to Know Our Work At Home Community

Posted By Community Editor, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

  

This week on the WAHBlog we are proud to share a profile of one of our own WAHspace members.  Keep reading to get to know Danielle, who currently works out of her home in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA.  At first, Danielle started working from home on the weekends as a part time job to earn some extra cash.  She has now worked from home full time for over nine years.  Here’s more in her own words:

 

Name – Danielle D.

Age – 31.

Location – suburbs of Atlanta, GA.

Education level – high school diploma, some college, certificate in medical billing and coding.

Family – married with 3 kids, ranging from ages 7-12.

Describe the type of work you do – primarily customer service work, both inbound and outbound roles.

Hobbies – an avid couponer who also enjoys going to the gym.

Pets – has a dog named Rocco.

Favorite food – loves seafood, especially shrimp pasta.

Describe your WAHspace – works from her designated home office space in her bedroom, a specific corner of the room that she’s outfitted with a desk, laptop, headset and computer chair.

Describe the benefits of working at home WAH – Oh so many!  Saving on child care costs.  Saving on gas. Convenient.  Avoiding fighting traffic.  My family and I relocated from Florida to Georgia and I was able to maintain my employment.

WAH highlights – Being able to travel and not miss time from work.  Has been able to work her designated schedule while visiting her mom with her family, also worked some scheduled hours during a family vacation.  (For the record, Danielle has also had plenty of non-working family vacations, too!).

Drawbacks –Does miss the face to face communication sometimes.  Uses a chat function through work and has developed work friendships and relationships through the online communication channels.

 

To find out more about working from home or get connected to other work at home employees, visit WAHspace.com.

 

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Saving Energy while Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, March 28, 2016

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Without a doubt, there are many benefits that come along with a work at home position.  An unexpected consequence of working at home might be a higher home electricity bill than what you had anticipated.  Here are some great tips on how to avoid that big bill and save energy while you work at home.

Be Smart About Sunlight

A great way to save is to position your home work space near a window where you can fully open the curtains and let in the natural light.   You’ll save money on desk lamps or overhead fixtures by making the most out of the world’s most abundant light source.  This can brighten more than just the room, as exposure to natural light can boost your mood, making you more productive. Keep in mind the seasonal consequences of natural sunlight and the energy efficiency of your windows and glass.  Sometimes, keeping the curtains or shades closed will help prevent heat loss due to poor insulation, or cause you to adjust the thermostat and use more air conditioning, as direct sunlight can raise the room temperature.  Be smart!

Get Unplugged

When you work at home you’re probably using your computer, but there are always other gadgets or electronics connected and plugged in that you’re not actively using.  Standby power or vampire power refers to the electricity consumed by devices that are plugged in but not being used.  To eliminate this waste, simply unplug any devices that you’re not using at the moment, like your computer printer.  Alternatively, we recommend using a switchable power strip where you can turn the switch off and reduce standby power loads. Consider energy consumption when you make your buying decisions, as using energy efficient equipment could also be another great step to saving money long term.

Avoid Procrastinating

Cutting down the time you waste in front of your computer is another great way to save money on your electricity bill. Minimize time spent on social media or surfing the web to help you work smarter hours and make better use of your time.  Keep a task oriented to do list and be sure that your activities are aligned with your work related goals.

There are always more ways to save money, energy and be more productive.  Continue the conversation and get connected with others who work at home at WAHspace.com today.

 

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A New Study Conducted by WAHspace Says “Work at Home”

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Today WAHspace released findings from our recent member survey - see the release below for details. 

WAHspace, the world’s largest online work at home community, announced the findings of its recent member survey which revealed a unique trend around preferences related to the safety and security of the workplace. Following the terrorist incident in San Bernadino, CA, WAHspace conducted a survey of its work at home membership base. For those members who felt that safety and security was a reason to work from home, more than half of the respondents reported that they would sacrifice a portion of their income to have the increased safety that comes with a work at home environment.

“It’s not surprising that American workers value safety and security in the workplace,” said WAHspace CEO Sarah Lucas. “What we were not expecting is that so many workers are willing to sacrifice income for the peace of mind that comes with a secure, at home work environment,” she continued.

The survey sample of more than 2,000 WAHspace members was conducted over a two-week period in February 2016. WAHspace found that more than 57% of survey respondents indicated that if safety and security was a motivating factor to work from home, at home workers were willing to sacrifice a percentage of their wages in order to continue to do so. Results also showed that sacrificing income in order to have the ease of caring for children while working at home was less of a priority than having safety and security. 

In the United States, the market for work at home opportunities, while already solidly established, is growing quickly. In the US, almost 4 million people work from home at least half the time. Data from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com shows that the regular work-at-home population versus the non-self-employed population, has grown by 103% since 2005 and 6.5% in 2014. WAHspace will continue to regularly survey its members to gain additional insight into work at home trends. 

About WAHspace:

WAHspace is the world’s largest online work at home community connecting and credentialing employers with job seekers.  People join WAHspace as a member to connect with other people that work at home, gain valuable skills, and find jobs. Employers save time and money connecting with thousands of pre screened applicants that are: certified for competency and personality; skills based typing checked; skills based systems checked; background checked and more.  WAH Certified Companies are able to post unlimited job opportunities, customize and manage their company profile and connect directly with job seekers that are seeking credible opportunities.  Creating a basic member profile is free for those that are looking for jobs.

For more information about WAHspace or to find out how to becoming a WAH Certified Company, visit http://www.wahspace.com.

 

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Workout Tips when you Work at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, March 21, 2016

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When you work at home, spending a lot of time in a seated position in front of the computer might bring some heavy consequences to your overall health. So what can we do?  Nowadays working out is no longer just an option to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s a necessary part of balanced self care.  At WAHspace we want everyone to succeed in their work at home career, so we’ve assembled some great tips on how to stay fit when you work at home.

Have a Virtual Workout Buddy

Many traditional workplaces offer wellness programs that include walking clubs and exercise accountability groups.  Not only do these things keep employees healthy, but they also build a sense of team and community.  Working remotely doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the benefits of exercising with your coworkers – it just looks a little different.  You can still partner up with a team member to keep each other on track with exercise goals and celebrate each other’s workout successes.  Use chat rooms and other company communication channels to stay in touch and report in on how that new yoga class was last night.

Dress for Success

Sometimes half the battle is just getting dressed in the right outfit and when you work at home, you can wear your workout clothes as your work clothes as well!  Getting dressed in comfortable workout gear in the morning will help ensure that you are ready to go when your scheduled exercise time draws near.  There are no excuses to not go for that walk or run when you are already wearing your t-shirt and tennis shoes!

Choose Your Seat Wisely

Add in some isometric muscle and core work by replacing your standard desk chair with an inflatable exercise stability ball, at least for part of your work day. Or experiment with something entirely different – try using a standing desk to burn a few more calories while you are working away. At a minimum, your work at home chair should be adjustable to support you ergonomically and provide support for your spine and lumbar region.

No matter what you choose to do, commit to your overall health and well being through an exercise routine and stick to it.  To connect with others who are interested in staying fit while they work from home, visit www.wahspace.com.

 

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Healthy Snacks: Staples for Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, March 14, 2016

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Staying healthy while working at home is an important aspect of delivering great performance on and off the clock.  Good health begins with fueling your body with the right foods to stay focused, and that includes health snacking.  Here are four of the best foods to snack on to boost your energy levels and be ready to work throughout the day with real sustained energy.

Nuts

These handy grab-and-go foods are rich with Omega 3s and Vitamin B. While Vitamin B can help us focus, concentrate and fuels our body with energy making us feel good, Omega 3s can influence our brain activity, behavior and attention span, all great ingredients to ensure work at home success.  Just be careful with portion size, because while nutritionally complex, nuts are also high in calories.

Apples

We’ve all seen those candy bar commercials where they show that “you’re not really you, when you’re hungry” and been enticed to reach for a sugary treat or other quick energy fix. Although sugar – and even coffee - can give you an immediate buzz, real energy comes from foods that are full of fiber and protein. A delicious way that you can get both is by trying apples with some peanut butter, which have fiber and protein respectively while also providing quick energy for your metabolism.

Berries

Berries are very rich in antioxidants and are very good for your brain function. That is one of the reasons why berries are considered brain food, but most of all they’re fresh, handy and so delicious that they will make you feel like you’re treating yourself.  Try popping them in the freezer for even more enjoyment!

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate, really? Yes, but just a little bit. In controlled amounts chocolate is great energy provider, it can help release endorphins and boost immunity. Plus, it tastes great!  Being healthy is not about having to eat foods that are unpleasant; instead it is about making smart choices.  Grabbing just a bit of dark chocolate can go a long way on your most challenging days.

Remember to always plan ahead to have these and other nutritious and convenient snacks on hand. For more information about being healthy, successful and having a great work at home career, visit wahspace.com.

 

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Work at Home and Stay Connected

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, March 7, 2016

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Life always comes with tradeoffs, and when you work from home one of the things you might miss out on, is the in-person human connection that can only occur along with the daily commute.  While not always overtly productive, water cooler talks and coffee breaks DO help us get to know our work colleagues as people, outside of their specific job related duties.  How do you substitute for this while still working at home?  We have a few suggestions that might help you be more connected than ever with your colleagues and enhance your remote team.

Encourage Video Conferences

There is a reason why people say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Video conferencing allows us to communicate more effectively, simulates face-to-face interaction and enables us to also appreciate each other’s body language.  While not quite a substitute for the in-person experience, video conferencing allows us to connect with each other in a way that just doesn’t happen through voice only contact.  A reasonable amount of chit chat can also be encouraged, as long as we remain focused on the task in hand and it doesn’t interfere with achieving results.

Define your Team’s Goals

Miscommunication can lead to confusion and that can harm the team’s productivity and overall feeling of being connected. To minimize instances of misunderstanding, it’s always recommended that every team has clearly communicated goals. We recommend the SMART model for goal-setting – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. Making sure that everyone understands and is on the same page on those goals helps ensure the team’s success.

Be ready and always respond

When someone asks you a work-related question in the traditional office, you typically answer back right away. So why should it be any different with your virtual co-workers?  Making sure that you’re available as often as possible and having quick responses for any work related messages can definitely help you breach that perceived “remote gap,” building trust and credibility. Just because you’re not in the same hallway as your colleague doesn’t mean you can’t get back to them right away, especially with all the communication platforms available today.

Staying connected while working at home can be challenging, but nothing good comes without hard work and discipline. WAHspace can help you in those efforts and much more so make sure to join now and learn more at wahspace.com.

 

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Stand out from the crowd by getting WAH Certified

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, February 29, 2016

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You may have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. This notion, often attributable to Albert Einstein, definitely shows up in the job search process.  In the current work environment, distinguishing yourself from others can be challenging and it all starts with the right attitude. Your professional life cycle can bring significant opportunities, but you must be aware, take risks, and try different approaches, in order to truly change the outcome of your efforts and achieve success.

Success often comes with a feeling of satisfaction that stems from the decisions you’ve made in order to reach a certain goal.  By earning your WAH Certification, you get the opportunity to differentiate yourself from your competition.  Looking for candidates with a WAH Certification simplifies your possible employer’s hiring process, which can bring your candidacy to the top of the stack and demonstrate on the front end that you have the skills to succeed as a valuable asset to any company.

To move forward towards that envisioned success, there are always more steps to take along the way, including:

-Clarity and Vision – make sure to really know what your professional desires are and envision what your professional future will look like.

-Declaration– declare your career goals out loud – we suggest you also writing them down. Reading them back to yourself can have a positive effect on helping you reach your goals.

-Taking action – setting dates on a calendar is recommended – and be sure to stick to them!  Follow through and implement what you’ve envisioned for yourself – you deserve to make your dreams a reality.

Exercising creativity on what can make you stand out is one of the greatest things you can do in today’s competitive job landscape. As a WAHspace member, you can earn credentials to help you stand out from the competition.  You also get access to job postings, and can continue to increase your knowledge with different tools that can ensure you a promising work at home career. Visit www.wahspace.com for more details and to join now! 

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Building a Strong Work at Home Team

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, February 22, 2016

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Without question, more and more companies of all shapes and sizes are embracing work at home as a business strategy.  But with this growing trend comes a new set of challenges – how to build and manage effective work at home teams. A great remote workforce can be vital to a company’s success, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

Start with the Right Fit

Despite the growing popularity of work at home as a business strategy, not every person is well suited for this kind of role. In order to successfully work from home, it takes a particular set of skills and qualities, including self-motivation, a proactive nature and willingness to continualy learn new things.  Smart employers pre-screen for the right personality fit to be sure their work at home team members will be set up for success.  Job seekers can choose to seek credentials like the WAH Certification to best distinguish themselves from their peers. 

Build a Team Culture

Transparency and good communications are always recommended so you can have your team committed and on point.  Virtual teams can stay connected with internal company chatrooms and messaging software, weekly team video meetings, and internal blog posts that share the latest company information.  Remember to clearly communicate overall company goals, strategy and metrics to guide a team member’s daily activity regardless of their office location. These mechanisms can also help identify under-performers so you can help get them back on track and not allow poor performance to go unnoticed.  There are many activities that can definitely add value to any team, but the key point is to make sure everyone is on the same page – no matter where they are working from.

Get to Know the Person Behind the Skillset

When it comes right down to it, sometimes we forget that we are hiring and working with people, not just sets of skills.  Understanding each other as individuals, not just through the roles we play at work, can help create a sense of community and provide insight into how best to keep people motivated and connected.  Take time to understand what your team members enjoy doing when they’re not working, and create selective opportunities to share the tidbits of information that make us unique. Remember - there’s no reason why the typical office water cooler or break room conversation cannot happen through a virtual chatroom!

As rapid growth in the work at home trend inevitably continues, stay connected with the world’s largest work at home community at WAHspace.com. 

 

 

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A Work at Home Challenge - Balancing Work and Family

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, February 15, 2016

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Working from home comes with its fair share of benefits, but can create some unique challenges as well.  Creating separation between your work life and home life can be tough when your home is also your workplace.  Here are four tips to help set you up for success. 

1.      Be efficient during work hours

Be present in what you are doing at the moment.  When you are working, concentrate on the task at hand and get into the rhythm of moving through your to-do list.  When you’ve had a full and productive work day, you can better enjoy your free time with your loved ones when the day is done.

2.      Communicate clearly with your family

When the distractions of your family life are getting in the way of your work, sometimes a simple and polite verbal reminder can help shift the home environment and better allow you to focus on what’s in front of you.  Be aware of any important deadlines and let your family know in advance if you expect to be working extra hours or will be tied up on a conference call. 

3.      Celebrate and share successes and failures

When you complete a project or make a sale that’s been pending, that feeling of excitement can be shared with your loved ones.  Sure, they might not care about the details of a transaction, but they will want to know why you’ve got extra spring in your step.  Similarly, if your mood is down due to a challenging work day, be sure to let your family know that it’s just work related, and that they shouldn’t take anything personally.

4.      Schedule time alone with your significant other

This tip can be helpful whether you work at home or not.  A weekly date night or activity with your partner can do wonders for your relationship.  Make plans to step out for dinner or a movie without the children to unite and strengthen your relationship.

Working at home can be as great as you choose to make it and WAHspace is here to ensure that you have the best work at home experience possible.  Visit WAHspace.com for more information or to join now!

 

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Background Check Basics

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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According to industry surveys , 80% of companies perform some type of background check on all of their applicants.  A great way to stand out from a crowded pool of job seekers is by adding a background check to your WAHspace profile and resume.  Recruiters will appreciate that you proactively took this step to invest in yourself and feel more confident about moving forward successfully with your candidacy.

At WAHspace.com, getting a background check is both simple and secure.  After signing up for your membership, visit the WAH Toolbox and click on “Add Background Check.”  The background check itself is performed by a well known third party screening company, is fully confidential, and will not be shared with anyone.  Once it’s complete, you will be able to obtain a secure copy of the report for your records via email and your WAHspace profile would update automatically to reflect this new credential.

So if you’re looking for a new work at home job, you have your resume and your home office all set up, and are not sure what steps to take next, consider adding a background check to your professional profile.  This and other great tools are available at WAHspace today!

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