We can build a better remote workforce. We have the technology. Seriously, we have Skype and Go to Meeting and online productivity tools. Telecommuting is gaining popularity with both employees and employers, as it can offer benefits to both. It is not just about getting rid of the terrible commute for employees or reducing office space for employers (although those are both legitimate benefits), it can also:
- Increase productivity. Although there can be a mindset among employers that if they can’t see you, you’re not working, a study at the University of Texas, Austin showed that telecommuters actually work 5-7 more hours a week than in-office workers. They are also more likely to return to their desk after a doctor’s appointment instead of taking the rest of the day off. Not to mention that eating lunch at your desk isn’t that onerous when you work at home. Continue reading
Love to throw pots? Knit baby booties? Make prom dresses out of duct tape? Many people dream of starting a home-based business, but those with an actual talent for crafts have a real edge. The beauty of crafting is you can start small, and keep it small if you choose. But if you have big dreams (and make big pots), you might need a plan. There are lots of guides out there on turning your hobby into a business (this is a really good one), so we will just hit the highlights.
It is important to set aside an official space for your home business. There are definitely going to be times when you want to walk away and leave your work in progress, and not have to put Continue reading
Do you run your business out of your home? Self-storage can save you time and money. If you let your inventory and supplies take over your work space, you are not going to work as efficiently, which can really drag down the profitability of your home business. Here are a number of scenarios where self-storage is a good idea:
- Have a lawn care service? Store vehicles, lawn mowers, and other equipment, etc. in a storage unit instead of trying to store it in front of your home where you might run into zoning restrictions.
- Selling stuff on eBay or Etsy? Store your inventory in a storage unit so it doesn’t impact the quality of life in your home.
- Do you custom build items, like wood cabinets? Store them in a storage unit so you have room to continue working in your workshop.
- Are you an artist? Like to work with extra-large canvases or life-size sculptures? Extend your studio with a self-storage unit.
In addition to the obvious advantage of extra space, here are some other advantages for home business owners: Continue reading
Using a self-storage unit for document storage makes so much sense for businesses both large and small, and offers big advantages over either storing records onsite in your offices, or offsite in a document storage warehouse.
Although the digital age has had a big impact on the way most companies do business, there still seems to be a lot of paper floating around. Some of it can go right into the shredder or the recycling bin, but sometimes you have to keep it. Knowing what to keep and what to toss can vary from business to business; this IRS article on small business recordkeeping is very useful, as is this set of guidelines for record retention from Smead. Continue reading
At first glance, renting a storage unit may not seem like a cutting edge business tool – but think again.
Businesses can store records, supplies, equipment, and inventory. It is also an excellent option for larger items, such as furniture and vechicle storage.
This is an effective strategy for a wide range of businesses, including: Continue reading