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Thursday
Aug312017

Forget the Haters: 3 Financial Benefits Of Working From Home

More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated each day, and in the era of ever-evolving technology, the opportunities for innovation are virtually never-ending. Both employers and employees are quickly learning to reap the benefits of technology, and telecommuting is just one example of the way technology has revolutionized the nature of work.

Workforce writer Ariel Parrella-Aureli agrees, and she feels as though millennials are the catalyst driving further technological developments and modernized work spaces.

"Gen Y pushes the need to create a balance between traditional corporate environments and make room for remote access employees that act as a second home for creativity, productivity and engagement through technology and collaboration," she writes.

Even though telecommuting situations aren't viable for all businesses, nearly six out of ten employers identify cost savings as a significant benefit to telecommuting. But telecommuting can save employees money as well.

Here are just a few ways employees can save money by telecommuting.

Less Work-Related Traveling

One clear financial advantage of having the ability to work from home is the reduction in gas and car maintenance costs that come with traveling to the office less often. Even if you take public transportation, you're saving on traveling costs.

Salary.com contributing writer and CEO of FlexJobs Sara Sutton Fell says, "If you work from home full-time, you immediately eliminate any costs associated with your commute, whether they be from driving to work or taking public transportation. Even if you’re walking or biking to work, you’ll wind up with lower bike maintenance costs and fewer pairs of sneakers to buy."

Convenience Of Technology

Even though technology requires an initial investment, it can come with significant cost savings. If you do have to purchase work-related equipment yourself, you can receive some serious deductions when tax season rolls around. But normally, employers foot the bill for telecommuting technology. This includes security-based technology, which is especially essential for telecommuting positions.

That's one reason the managed security services market, for example, is expected to almost double by 2020, from $17.02 billion to $33.68 billion. This is directly in line with the increase in telecommuting opportunities, which The NWI Times reports grew by 115% over the past ten years.

"Technologies such as the cloud, teleconferencing and virtual meeting software make it easier than ever for many white-collar jobs to be performed from anywhere," writes Craig Guillot.

Sometimes, employees are able to keep software and other technologies paid for by employers even after they've left the job. These cost savings are invaluable to driven workers looking to expand their skills and areas of expertise.

Fewer Professional Wardrobe and Laundering Expenses

One often overlooked aspect of working remotely is that there's no need to adhere to a company dress code. You don't need to don a suit every day, cover up any tattoos, or remove any piercing jewelry. Likewise, there's no need to purchase expensive designer clothes to impress superficial bosses. While it may seem like a small thing, the Department of Labor has found that working Americans spend about $1,881 on clothing and apparel each year. If even a quarter of that money is spent on professional clothing and/or dry cleaning services, you're already saving hundreds of dollars a year.

Ultimately, these are just a few of the many financial advantages that come with telecommuting. Brie Reynolds, FlexJobs senior career specialist, feels as though remote opportunities will only continue to expand.

"The rise of the knowledge economy means that more people's jobs are compatible with remote work than ever before," Brie says.

Monday
Nov152010

Mommy Monday:: Candy Dye & Apriori Beauty

Candy Dye joined Apriori Beauty in June of 2009. Apriori Beauty's skin care and beauty products are based on the newer science of how special nutrients can help your skin become healthier and look beautiful. 

Apriori’s first line, Celloxylin Skin Care, affects the process of aging from the inside out working together with Lifeoxylin an elixir equal to six servings of fruit and veggies each day. According to Dye, the company released its first line of skin treatment products a few months ago, called Celloxylin MD, with an in home 20 percent acid peel. Soon, another line, Prodermalin, will be released and include treatment for acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

In addition, they offer an in-home beauty gadget called the Derma Firm Illuminator. It utilizes galvanic, far infrared light, ultrasound and vibration to help with deep pore nutrition and cleansing, activate skin cell rejuvenation and helps with scar healing, wrinkle improvement and facial tightening/lifting.

Dye said it’s a day to day balancing act to juggle her business, her family and her part-time teaching job. “There's a lot of juggling and schedule coordinating that goes on between my high school and college student kids, my hubs, and my business,” she said. “I usually check my online activities early in the morning, before everyone is up, sometimes mid-day and later in the evening when the kids are doing homework.” Dye also said she uses the days she’s not teaching to network. “I network with coffee or lunch locally with potential clients, consultants and other business women to see how I can help them,” she said.

Faith plays a large role in Dye’s life and in her business. Her advice to other mom entrepreneurs is to, “rely on the Lord for everything! He will make you path straight and bring special people into your life!” She also said it helps to surround yourself with positive and encouraging people who will support and strengthen you. “Never give up, set your eyes on your goal (with lots of smaller goals to achieve on the way to the big goal) and allow yourself to make adjustments as you go along. Keep learning, keep improving, and make sure you "unplug" frequently to enjoy your family!”

In addition to her Apriori Beauty website, Dye can also be found on her blog and on Twitter.

 

Monday
Jul262010

Mommy Monday:: Frittabello, LLC

Jennifer Covello started writing and creating a baby journal in 2007. By January of 2008, she had launched her business, Frittabello, LLC.

That journal is now an award-winning piece, called “My Life.” It gives parents the opportunity to record the story of their child’s life from birth through age five. In addition, Frittabello also offers much more for mom and baby.  They offer a  line of 100 percent organic cotton and custom embroidered baby layette apparel, including onesies, bibs and hats.

They also offer stationery, custom embroidered 100 percent recycled cotton mini-tote bags, gift sets, keepsake boxes and gift baskets.

One may wonder how Covello balances it all, especially when they discover she is a single mom. “Balancing family and business is the most difficult challenge I have, being a single parent and sole mompreneur,” she said.

“Some days are better than others, but I try to make the most of my time with my children and unless it is really urgent, I try to take off my “Frittabello” hat when they are home,” Covello said.

She believes a strong support system and trusting in yourself are crucial when running a business. “The best advice I can give is to trust yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will always guide you,” Covello said. “Also, make sure you have a strong support system around you, not only to act as your own ‘board of directors,’ but to boost you up when you need it.”

In addition to the online store, Frittabello, LLC can be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  In addition, Covello has a Working Mother Mom Blog at WorkingMother.com.