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If you are among the millions of people out of work due to the coronavirus, there is reason for hope. Amazon is is among many major companies hiring people to work from home. Some of the largest and best known companies in the U.S. have begun hiring remote workers to maintain operations during the pandemic, or take advantage of new opportunities presented by crisis. Amazon announced in a blog post that it is hiring an additional 75,000...
More than ever, mothers are finding it necessary to work remotely. Millions of people have been suddenly forced to work from home due to the social distancing restrictions put in place to fight the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, millions more have lost their jobs as businesses suspend their operations under the strain of the coronavirus situation. If you are out of work because of the coronavirus situation, you will find many high-quality...
Many businesses no longer require all hands on deck, meaning that they either outsource tasks to vendors or allow employees to work someplace other than on-site. If there’s one benefit to the digital revolution (or maybe that’s evolution), it’s the flexibility that digital business in a global economy affords workers. A global economy operates at all hours every single day. Humans generally do not and cannot work 24 hours...
Embracing Remote Work and Workplace Flexibility Are Key It’s hard to imagine that 2020 will be known for anything except The Year of Coronavirus. The emergence of COVID-19, deemed a pandemic by the CDC, is destroying lives, confining people to their homes like hostages, and bringing business as we know it to a screeching halt.  Like the 2008 recession, there is little doubt that the coronavirus pandemic will change the...
You have the finished manuscript in your hands. What a giddy feeling of accomplishment! Take a moment to celebrate, because that manuscript proves you are a writer. Once the euphoria wears off, you face a series of crucial decisions, the first of which is whether you will pursue publication via the traditional route or through a self-publishing platform. Before making a decision, do your research. A source like  Preditors and...
W. C. Fields, a misogynistic wit of the early 20th century, is credited with saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damned fool about it.” Regardless of how unpleasant his personality may have been, the advice rings true. Finish the manuscript Too many writers struggling to produce that first book pour time, energy, and hope into a manuscript that clearly...
Do you have a novel inside you? Conventional wisdom and legions of language arts teachers would have you believe that. Certainly, the quality of writing—dreadful by today’s standards—found in much classical literature implies that technical competence has little bearing on whether the novel inside you deserves a public forum. The rags-to-riches anecdotes of such fabulously lucky authors as J. K. Rowling and E. L. James...
Remote jobs have a reputation for being low paying, and people usually do them to fill a time or money gap in their life. They are usually looked down upon, but you would be surprised at the number of remote jobs that pay well.  For many people, a job that pays well and that doesn’t require leaving the house to be done is the dream job. Not only the worker’s desires but also the job market’s requirements are...
Within the world of technology,  flexible working  has never been easier. Nowadays companies in most industries offer the option to work from anywhere you like. This way of working has many names, but it’s mostly called telecommuting. But what does that mean exactly? Telecommuting is the agreement between the employer and the employee, which allows the latter to work outside the office; be that home, a coffee shop, inside...
The concept of work-life balance arose in the 1990s after a decade of being told that “you can have it all” and women discovering that, really, they couldn’t—at least not without a cadre of domestic and professional assistants. Since few working parents actually can afford crews of servants to keep the house and grounds in tiptop shape and assistants to fetch dry cleaning, perform administrative tasks, and mitigate the...
The common concept of working from home involves a pasty-faced desk jockey pecking away at a keyboard; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Just as a lucrative career need not require a 4-year degree, working from home need not require sitting at a desk all day long. Active parents who work from home can appreciate this epiphany. Of course, any remote employment does require some computer connectivity for administrative purposes,...
Are you a mom looking for a flexible work schedule without committing to a traditional 9 to 5 schedule? A temporary job or a series of temporary jobs could be just the ticket and give you the flexibility you need to balance responsibilities on the home front. Temporary careers are becoming increasingly common in the American workplace. There are currently about three million temp workers.  Many people...