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Managing or owning a company with a distributed workforce has many benefits especially when it comes to hiring just the right skillset at the right price. Often this means that your team working from home might be a bit spread out. Here are five easy tips for removing some common telecommute headaches.
Time is an illusion, but time logging is not. It is a necessary evil for most work from home employees. They hate doing it but as managers we need time logged to do the billing, track project trajectories and have something concrete to compare against results. In some cases, if employees or contractors don’t log time, you can’t make money. Here are some ideas that work both short term and long term.
Let’s take it for granted that you’ve picked the best employees who were born to work from home. They are all bright, motivated go-getters who can work without a boss standing over their shoulder and know the difference between producing results and counting how many hours their butt was glued to a chair. (more…)
Work from home job interviews are different. Employers aren’t just making sure that you can do the job, they’re also looking for subtle hints that say that you can or can’t hack it from home. There are a lot of things you shouldn’t say during a work from home job interview. While you are avoiding those, remember to work the following into your interviews and get yourself moved to the top of the list. (more…)