October is National Women's Small Business Month, a time to celebrate the growth, accomplishments and ingenuity of our nation's women small business owners and the vital role they play in our economy. The latest numbers regarding women in business can't be ignored. The 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. hold tremendous value, employing 8.4 million employees, and generate over $ 1.4 trillion in sales, according to the National Women's Business Council (NWBC). While these numbers are encouraging for female entrepreneurs, women still tend to be underrepresented in the business world making up only 38 percent of all businesses. Women have to fight harder than other entrepreneurs to succeed, but they do have advocates, associations and resources that can help.
We have put together a few that we thought you might find helpful and encouraging.
The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally recognized leader in the field of women's economic development. The organization was founded in 1986 to provide services and programs to support and accelerate women's business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth and building strong communities.
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, operated, and controlled by women in the United States. WBENC, a national non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the county. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.
Women Owned is an initiative from the WBENC and WeConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. They support female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where, and how to buy Women owned. Sign up for their weekly email newsletter, Women Owned Wednesday, that offers fresh content and inspiration celebrating Women Owned Businesses. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for product and business features, Women Owned product round ups, interviews with amazing business owners and more.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) boosts members and their entrepreneurial capacity by providing resources and referrals that expand their reach and promote their success. NAWBO's user generated articles library is a growing and diversified archive of timely information that is immediately usable and crafted by knowledge experts. Their membership directory connects members to meaningful conversations about entrepreneurship, leadership, important policy issues as well as chapter happenings and tips on achieving work life balance.
Ted Talks has a special collection of talks on the topic of Women in business. These talks help empower women into going after what they want, especially in the workplace. From asking to promotions or raises to asserting yourself, these talks can help women entrepreneurs find their voice and place in the business world. Check our Adam Galinsky's "How to speak up for yourself".
Girlboss Radio was created by the founder of NastyGal, Sofia Amoruso, and offers weekly podcasts highlighting women who've make their mark in their industries. In the podcast, listeners can receive advice from these fearless leaders'experiences and learn how to become flawlessly fearless themselves.
She Takes on the World has been listed on Forbes’s “Top 100 Websites for Women” four times and on ForbesWoman’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurial Sites for Women”. She Takes on the World helps women build their businesses or brands, offers advice from experts, discusses finances and much more.
“Own It: The Power of Women at Work” by Sallie Krawcheck is a career playbook in the era of new-wave feminism. Sallie Krawcheck offers new sets of rules for women in business. These rules, however, help them use their strengths and skills to their advantage in order to build on the power they already hold.
Sheryl Sandberg and co-writer Nell Scovell’s “Lean In: Women, work, and the Will to Lead” received top positions in international bestseller lists. In the book, Sandberg discusses her experiences working in some of the world’s most successful businesses, how women can help themselves succeed in their industries and how they can effect change on a larger, universal scale.
“Breaking into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business” helps women in business face office face challenges through extensive research, compelling stories, quizzes and advice. What’s more is that they offer extra advice for black women who face even more challenges in the working world.
Twist is proud to be 100% woman owned and is certified by the WBENC. We hope that you will help us build a movement of support for Women Owned businesses by following these simple steps;
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Minnesota Nice Spice is a small Minnesota company with a big heart and an unwavering commitment to crafting unique spice blends, sourcing organically-grown herbs and spices and supporting artists with disabilities.
We met this wonderful company last year at the Help A Minnesota Maker (HAMMS) event as they won the MN Maker Award. Since then, they went on to win the Small Business Revolution winning $25K from Deluxe Corporation and are now going to have 6 of their spice blends in the Minnesota Target Stores. We just love Minnesota Nice Spice and are so excited to share their story and samples of their spice with our customers this month as our first spotlight small business.
Debb Masterson, a self-proclaimed spice gypsy, naturalist, world traveler, is the founder of Minnesota Nice Spice. Lucy Johnson, her very special and amazingly talented sister who serves as her spice muse, and together they handcraft their extra nice seasoning blends right here in Minnesota.
At Minnesota Nice Spice, they carefully select certified organic herbs and spices and handcraft 17 blends using their own recipes for unique seasoning blends that emphasize natural health properties, like antioxidants, to add a little spice and lots of flavor to your healthy lifestyle.
The “nice” about their spices doesn’t end with great flavor and great ingredients. In the true spirit of community, they donate profits from each sale to benefit the Interact Center, a one-of-a-kind organization that supports over 125 theater and visual artists with disabilities, including Lucy. Her artwork graces their labels and her creative spirit inspires people every day.
Whether you are purchasing spices for yourself, as a gift or as corporate gifts, they provide you with healthy,
charitable, unique and custom made items that are handcrafted.
MN Nice Spice LOVES TO HELP YOU LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION.
Nice up your spice or Spice up your nice! Either way…that’s what they will help you do!
Twist Office Products is proud to support Minnesota Makers at Lowertown Pop. What is Lowertown Pop you ask? It is a Minnesota pop-up market; crowd-funding to benefit Face to Face and our Minnesota Makers. Pop in and support the Minnesota Maker movement. The day long event will feature local artisans and craftspeople, brewers, bakers, distillers, artists, and musicians.
MyTalk 107.1’s “Shop Girls” Allison Kaplan and her mother, Harmony, will be streaming “LIVE” from the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will be live demos on the main stage throughout the event. The event will be held in the Waiting Room at Union Depot and will benefit Face to Face, a non-profit organization serving more than 3,300 youth ages 11-24 annually with health care and counseling, and programs for homeless youth. Fifty percent of ticket sales will be donated to Face to Face and 50 percent will be randomly given to one lucky Minnesota Maker and Twist Office Products will award the winning Minnesota Maker a basket full of office supplies.
Here are some of the Minnesota Makers Who Will Participate Include:
Beeline Honey - Jules Loft - Blue Henn - Leather Works Minnesota - Bodylish - Minnesota Nice Spice - Bruno Press - My Little Chickadee Creations - Cravin’ Pie - Muddy Mouth Cards - D8agirl - Scrappy Products - Debbie Wolk Designs - Serendipity Accessories - Duluth Preserving Company
- StormSister Spatique - Eclectic Goat - Superior Switchel - From Your Mat - Sweet Jules Gifts - Grlk - Tattersall Distilling - Hagen & Oats - Tumblewalla.
Thoughts from an expert
For as long as social media has been around, office managers have asked the question…Should employees be allowed to be on their personal social media accounts during the work day?
Some believe that banning the use of social media is the best way to keep employees focused. While others think allowing it promotes creativity.
With smartphones in everyone’s pockets, it is simply impossible to completely ban all usage. So instead of constantly looking over employees’ shoulders, integrate ways that the office can be interacting and promoting the company online.
In my past role as a social media manager at a company of about 30 employees, my co workers had little to no idea of the happenings on the company’s social media accounts. Some didn’t even follow the company’s pages! As I built the social media strategy for the year, I created campaigns that would allow for the employees online presence to cross over with that of the company’s own social media followers.
For example, during Halloween we gathered the employees together and gave each department a pumpkin to carve. I then took pictures of each pumpkin and posted them onto the company’s Facebook page for the fans to vote for their favorite pumpkin. The pumpkin picture (or department) with the most likes would win a prize. As the page followers began to like the photos, the employees jumped on their accounts and started sharing their pumpkin picture with their friends in order to receive more votes. As the pictures began to spread, so did the company’s brand.
The results were outstanding! Not only did the employees enjoy taking part in the fun activity, but it built such a stronger community between the employees and online fans. The company’s social reach grew exponentially!
The benefits out weigh the cost by far! Avoid wasting time monitoring employees and their social media use. Instead, find ways they can be utilizing it to help the company’s online brand and reputation grow. And it builds great report among the employees!
By Susan Ringer
VP My Pretty Office Division of TwistOP
What is more inspiring? A gold and white polka dot file folder or a vanilla manila one? Roses on your notepads, or the plain white perforated kind? Putty colored letter trays or seafoam green modern ones? While we seek inspiration throughout our day – from what we wear to what we read and everything in between, we sometimes overlook the most important avenue for it. The workplace! At work, inspiration is not only important – it is one of the keys to success. It is the place from where all great ideas flow. When we think about what inspires us, it all starts with our surroundings. It is widely known that our environment has a profound impact on our psychology, our feelings and our results.
So what can we do to create the best environment for our work life? We can start by making the space visually pleasing and reflective of our unique, personal style. If revamping your cubicle with wallpaper and fancy furnishings is not in the cards for you (and unless you work in a creative field, it generally isn’t going to be), start with your desk accessories, office supplies or a pretty art print. Have some fun with it! Bring in color, pattern and visual appeal to brighten up your space and give you a lift. Keep it within the bounds of what is allowed, but express yourself visually in your workspace to showcase a bit of who you are.
If you work in an environment that has customer traffic, by all means you want that space to be reflective of your brand, to speak of success and be visually appealing.
If you are among the fortunate ones who work from home, try to make that workspace coordinate with the rest of your home for visual continuity. You can really have fun with this and in future blog posts we will go more in depth on the subject of decorating a home office.
Of course, a simple everyday black stapler has its place and certainly does the job (we’re Twist Office Products, after all – we love that stuff too!), but there are those of us who want more and so we should have it. We want fashion, color and a sense of style in our regular life, so why not have it in our work lives too? Just as some people can’t wait to buy a cool new kitchen gadget, there are those of us who salivate over the thrill of a cute office supply, a decorative desk accessory or a great new office organization system. It is for all these reasons (and more) that we are so excited to launch the My Pretty Office™ Division of Twist Office Products! This is where beauty means business, when it comes to your surroundings, that is!
So, while your office mate might be chewing on his plastic blue pen cap (and that’s ok, really it is!), feel free to jot down your brightest ideas with your Kate Spade Gold Pen. We understand. Our full range (and still growing) of artwork by Susan Ringer, pretty office products and decorative desk accessories by top designers can be purchased through our page at www.myprettyoffice.com. Feel free to browse our collections through the site or ask our reps about these great new products today! Through our unique product mix, our mission is to bring joy to your day, inspiring you to say “work never looked so good!™
5 Ways To Tell That Spring Has Sprung From Your Cubicle When You're Overworked & Usually Go Home After Dark
Do you find yourself losing track of time? Is your cubicle in the middle of the office, far from a window or the happiness-inducing warmth of the sun and its vitamin D glow? Do you get to the office when it’s dark and leave when it has become dark again? Do you sometimes feel like Batman in that you only have time to prowl around in the darkness (maybe that’s just this writer)? Get some clues as to whether the weather is different with some helpful hints below.
1. Listen closely. Hear that? It’s not a stampede of snorting piglets–oh no, friend. Those organic squishy sounds are coming from your coworkers’ schnozes because Spring flowers are blooming outdoors (outdoors is the thing between your cubicle and your car). Some may be medicated, but make no mistake that at least one of your lunch buddies will be in drippy histamine anguish. That’s your first clue. See also: facial tissues flying off the shelf, sneeze symphonies, increased use of eye drops and choruses of “Gesundheit!”
2. As the temperature “outside” begins to increase, you will notice the business casual uniform around the copier beginning to vary. Don’t be alarmed to see a bare forearm or elbow–this is natural and normal. Although it’s hard to tell what the weather is like from the gloomy beige monotony of your workstation, consistent capri-pant and/or polo-shirt attiring illustrates clearly that the seasons have, indeed, changed over to Spring.
3. Similarly, the temperature in the office should reflect this change. Throughout the winter, the office thermostat has probably been hovering near 80 in an attempt to please everyone/cause inadvertent weight loss through sauna-like conditions. Now that the weather is warmer, though, expect a frosty film over your keyboard and computer screen each morning–the air conditioner is working hard to keep you comfortably refrigerated.
4. Check your email. Do you see various requests to join in any kind of “activity” (things people do “after work” in the space between the building and your car), like softball, volleyball, barbecues, run/walks for the cause, theatre in the park, etc.? This one is trickier, but the key is to identify that all of these events will take place mostly “outdoors:”–if so, it’s definitely Spring.
5. When you drive through the nearest acceptably healthy eating establishment (and, let’s be honest, if there’s a drive-thru how healthy can it be?), notice the seasonal selections. This may be difficult in the dark of evening when you’re tired from sitting mostly motionless in one place for roughly ten hours, excercising only your brain and fingers but it’s not impossible, pal. Look for “fresh” ingredients like strawberries and blueberries popping up in 1200 calorie salads. Observe breaded “fish” sandwiches that may or may not have come out of a tube. The colors are also usually a dead Spring giveaway
Twist OP is dedicated to providing solutions to make your job easier so that you can leave work in time to enjoy the crisp air and fresh blooms of spring! Call us today, as we like to say, "we are your FREE admin!"
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By Avery Products Corporation
Haven’t filed your taxes yet? Neither have about 25% of other taxpayers. So, chin up. Take a deep breath. Then power through the process with these last-minute tax tips—and a little help from Avery.
Focus. Feel sharpest at a certain time of the day? Tax preparation requires concentration. And that’s especially true when you’re under pressure. So, work on your return when you’re peaking mentally. Snack on foods that fuel mental agility (such as almonds or walnuts), or boost your energy with a cup of green tea or coffee.
Gather that paperwork. Yes, it’s a pain. But, working on your return without first having all the necessary paperwork only makes the process longer. So, find whatever you need—which could include Forms W2, 1099-INT and 1098, as well as receipts for business, medical, real estate tax and charitable contribution payments. Use last year’s tax return to guide you. Make sure to only submit the forms and schedules the IRS requires.
Make organizing easier. Simplify the process of sorting paperwork by using different file folders for categories such as income statements, deductible expenses and investment information using Avery File Folder Labels.
Double-check your Social Security number. Believe it or not, many people incorrectly enter their Social Security number. This confuses the IRS—never a good thing. Besides, you’ll need an accurate Social Security number to qualify for credits, exemptions and deductions.
Make last-minute contributions. Many contributions must be made by December 31st of the previous year. But, you can often sneak in some tax-deductible contributions—such as IRA or Health Savings Account payments—before the April 15th deadline, and lower your tax burden. Check with your tax professional for more information.
Itemize. It’s tempting to just take your standard deduction when playing beat-the-clock with the IRS. But, itemizing could result in huge savings, especially if you’ve made large charitable, medical or real estate tax payments.
Sign the return. Sounds simple, right? Believe it or not, many taxpayers forget to sign and date their return. And that’s a problem. The IRS views an unsigned return as being invalid.
File electronically. Tax software speeds the preparation process, provides reminders about eligible deductions and catches most math mistakes. Many tax preparation companies offer free e-filings for basic returns, and the IRS provides free tax software to individuals who earn less than $60,000.
Ask for more time. Sometimes the smartest move is to request an extension. It’s better than rushing through your return, forgetting valuable deductions, overlooking required paperwork or making silly math errors. Filing Form 4868 usually gives you another six months to get your act together. You can also avoid late-payment penalties and possible interest charges by paying at least 90% of the estimated amount you owe. Can’t afford to do that? File for the extension, pay as much as you can and then set up a payment plan with the IRS.
Store in a safe place. Once your taxes have been filed, hold onto that paperwork. Keep your tax files in a protective storage container for future reference. Indicate what’s inside the container with Avery Full-Sheet Labels so they’re easy to identify at a glance. Use the free pre-designed templates on Avery Design & Print to create custom labels right from your printer in no time.
While Avery can’t figure your taxes for you, we can make the filing process simpler this year—and beyond. But don’t be too hard on yourself for being a tax procrastinator. It’s a busy world, and preparing your taxes may not be a priority for you. And, take solace knowing you have plenty of company. Just apply these tips to make the job a little easier…and then reward yourself when you’re finished!
It is something everyone wants. I have had business owners ask for it. Yet, they are the same ones who are consistently giving it away. It’s accountability.
It’s true we all want people who make decisions, are responsible and accept the good/bad outcome as a result. Yet at the same time, without realizing it we give away their responsibility, the ability to make decisions which in turns doesn’t hold them to the results.
Now, before you start screaming at the screen and saying it’s not true. Let me ask you a couple questions. Do you do any of the following:
Each time you answered “yes” to one of the above, you have taken away their accountability. I know, you are thinking “no, I’m telling how to work”. This is the same as giving a student the answer to the test.
Instead of giving the answers, ask for the answers. Ask your people “what do you think we should do?” or “what are suggestions to fix it?” or “what is the best way to go about it”.
Keep in mind this is not where it ends, this is the beginning of a conversation with more questions along the “why” or “how would that work”, etc. Give your thoughts or input and have them make the decision.
Think about it for a moment. When someone else told you how to do something – if it didn’t work was your reaction “I would have done it differently” or “I knew it wouldn’t work” or “not my solution, not my problem”. When you came up with the solution or course of action that didn’t work, your reaction is more like “what went wrong” or “how do I avoid this the next time” or “let me try this instead”.
See the difference in the mindset of the person. The second person is taking responsibility and therefore is being accountable.
What will you do differently next time? How can you change this with your people?
Need assistance with creating accountability. Let’s talk. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.531.8199.
Andrea Herran, principal of Focus HR where she "Uncomplicates the People Side of Business" by providing HR services and leadership development to small businesses. Learn more at http://FocusHR.biz
Employee self-management is crucial to the success of any remote work program.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2020, approximately 40% of the workforce will perform at least some of their work from home. As more companies opt for policies that allow telecommuting, the need for employee self-management has become crucial to the success of remote workers. Below are eleven habits teleworkers need to break if they want to succeed.
1) Working in pajamas
Sleep experts say that if you have trouble sleeping it helps to establish a bedtime routine, such as getting into your pajamas. It stands to reason, then, that part of getting ready for a productive day is getting OUT of your pajamas. “Getting dressed symbolizes the beginning of the day and helps get you into work mode,” says WorkteQ owner David Heilbronner.
2) Rejecting structure
Working from home can make a person feel like they’re the boss. No one to immediately answer to, no rigid schedules. But we need structure, and creating daily rituals is a good way build that.
Writing about morning rituals Seth Simonds explains, “Starting your day with a few simple tasks is an easy way to begin a cycle of results that’ll power you through your day.” What’s great is, unlike structure imposed upon you, rituals are centered around your personality and your life choices. (After this article was written, I came across a superb blog post by Sara Rosso, where she documented what made remote work at Automattic a success. You should read it too!)
3) Watching television
Our culture raves about multi-tasking. In actuality, multi-tasking causes attention split. While a little distraction might make projects we’re working on seem a little easier, it diminishes the quality of the work we’re doing.
Here’s an excellent read on what multi-tasking really does to our productivity. In a nutshell, multi-tasking makes us feel more productive because our busy-ness let’s us we think we’re doing more. The reality is that our attention is minimized in several activities, adding up to not much of anything.
4) Working around clutter
While there’s some debate over how neat a person’s desk should be, there’s little doubt that being in a room cluttered with kids’ toys or piles of paper on the floor can kill creativity and productivity. To refer to one UCLA study: “Similar to what multi-tasking does to your brain, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively.”
Paraphrasing a study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, in an article on Unclutterer.com , Erin Dodland wrote, “When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.”
A cluttered house is not conducive to productivity, but cleaning when you’re supposed to be working isn’t any better. If necessary, set a time to clean before you start working, or set a cut off time for work to clean. Don’t mix the two.
6) Ranking tasks in order of difficulty
Many productivity experts have said that the best way to get things done is to tackle difficult tasks first. This makes sense, especially for people who procrastinate. And it sure feels good when the tougher items get crossed off our lists.
However, this isn’t always the best approach, particularly for people who work from home. Karen Southall Watts, speaking to the New York Times, says it’s best to “schedule your most demanding tasks during your natural periods of high energy, and do your planning and reflection when you are feeling less perky. When your energy is low, that’s not the moment to make 10 sales calls.” Since you have control over your schedule, this approach might be best since you are able to work on any activity you want at your own pace.
7) Responding to every call or email that comes in
I know, I know: you work alone and crave contact with the outside world. However, nothing eats up precious time more than email or unscheduled phone calls. Set up a voice message that not only informs callers you are not available, but tells gives them an idea of when you will return their calls. This is akin to an autoresponder for e-mail. It might seem a little annoying to the recipient, but it sets clear boundaries and saves you from answering each call and then repeatedly needing to cut each call short.
According to Juliette Garside, writing for The Guardian, “The average person is interrupted every three minutes during their working day...and our plethora of gadgets have made for more disruptions.” Furthermore, says Garside, “Interrupted tasks have been found to take twice as long to finish and contain twice as many errors as uninterrupted efforts: it can take between 12 and 20 minutes to resume a complex task after being interrupted.” Enough cannot be said about doing whatever it takes to eliminate unnecessary distractions.
8) Eating at your desk
Aside from dripping juice and dropping crumbs all over your keyboard being unsanitary, dining at your desk creates mindless eating which is bad for digestion. Mindless eating means food is gulped down in an effort to ward off anxiety, or to satisfy hunger as quickly as possible. Instead, take dedicated meal breaks. Pack your lunch the night before, if possible, to put some extra thought into what you plan to eat.
Perhaps more important than sanitary and digestive issues is that eating at your desk robs you of a much-needed mental break. According to Jon Yaneff, “When you don’t get proper nutrition – from missing meals or digesting them on the run – your work will suffer. When you always eat at your desk, you can feel tense and tired without an uninterrupted break.” Laura Vanderkam, writing in Fast Company, warns that “failing to take a real break is a recipe for needing a lot of unofficial and inefficient breaks--like random web surfing--later.”
9) Keeping Twitter and Facebook open
The mother of all distractions these days: Social media. If you’re like me, I act like a fiend when I have Twitter loaded: refreshing every other second, checking to see who wrote what, who’s following me, who just dumped me, etc. I use Facebook for more familiar socializing, and end up getting nothing done--except writing posts about how much I have to do.
Here’s a frightening claim: “Every time someone at work gets an IM, a Facebook message or a tweet, it takes them a whopping 23 minutes to get back on task. Taken all together, that costs the American economy $650 billion per year in lost productivity.” (LearnStuff.com)
10) Feeling parenting guilt
There’s no question that working from home has challenges. But nothing compares to working from home with children. However, as demanding as children are you have to let them know that when you’re working they wait for you, not the other way around. There’s no perfect solution for keeping kids at bay and avoiding the “bad mommy/daddy” feeling, but creating rituals with kids is helpful. The trick is consistency. Once you’ve established your own schedule and created your kids’ activities around them, allow for no interruptions unless there’s blood.
Geoff Williams, writing for USNews, suggests taking scheduled “kid breaks”. If you were working onsite you would take periodic breaks to chat with co-workers, so use those breaks for time with your kids. This helps alleviate feelings of guilt that you’re neglecting the kids, and gives your kids a chance to have you focused on them for short periods, preventing unexpected interruptions later on.
11) Staying on the clock
The truth is, telecommuters work longer hours than onsite employees. That five-second-commute that seems so attractive in the mornings also keeps work constantly nearby in the evenings, and sometimes late into the night. This causes life to become unbalanced. It is important to set limits on yourself and to stick with them when it comes to stopping work at a certain time each day. According to a study done by Captivate, leaving work at a reasonable hour was one of the top three ways people were able to find work-life balance.
Flexibility and balance are the primary reasons people opt to work from home. If, however, you never detach from your work you and your family will inevitably suffer. Says Adrienne Breaux, “[T]rying to fit checking in at work plus getting things accomplished around the house is a recipe for burnout.”
It’s time to adopt new habits
Burnout, strained relationships, physical ailments, and a plethora of other maladies can be the results of working from home if you are not mindful and prepared. Along with ensuring your technological needs are met, you also need to become a good manager of yourself. This means you have to take care of your needs, be willing to be the “bad guy” if necessary, and do what it takes to provide yourself a working environment that allows you to be productive and thrive.
About the Author:
Pamela La Gioia is Founder/CEO of Telework Recruiting, Inc., a leading career service helping professionals find telecommuting employment. Since 1999, La Gioia has been researching and writing about teleworking issues; and recently Telework Recruiting, Inc. has begun helping companies to train their staff to effectively telecommute. La Gioia can be reached at email@example.com. Or, connect with her on Twitter @TeleworkRec.
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