Out of Office: How to Work from Home, Telecommute, or Workshift Successfully [NOOK Book]

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Work where you want, when you want!

Want the flexibility to work outside the office? It’s not all “peaches and cream”! There are real pitfalls, real tradeoffs, real hassles. But there are also real solutions. Whether you’re freelancing, telecommuting, or workshifting, this up-to-the-minute guide will help you anticipate every challenge—and overcome them! Simon Salt shares the experiences of dozens of people who’ve customized successful out-of-office work arrangements for ...

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Out of Office: How to Work from Home, Telecommute, or Workshift Successfully

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Overview

Work where you want, when you want!

Want the flexibility to work outside the office? It’s not all “peaches and cream”! There are real pitfalls, real tradeoffs, real hassles. But there are also real solutions. Whether you’re freelancing, telecommuting, or workshifting, this up-to-the-minute guide will help you anticipate every challenge—and overcome them! Simon Salt shares the experiences of dozens of people who’ve customized successful out-of-office work arrangements for virtually every imaginable job and industry. Discover what it takes to run a successful meeting from a coffee shop…manage a Skype call from 35,000 feet aloft…juggle your family’s demands while you’re working at home…set limits, and make technology serve you, instead of enslaving you!

  • Make a clear-eyed decision about whether out-of-office work makes sense
  • Set up a workspace where you can be happy and productive
  • Establish the right boundaries—both personal and physical
  • Maximize your productivity in airports, hotels, airplanes, and trains
  • Keep your work secure and private, wherever you go
  • Stay fully connected and “top of mind” with your colleagues
  • Work with remote teams to build your own personal business
  • Get the job done without working 24x7 (and even take vacations!)

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Whether you work remotely now, or have just dreamt of it, you need this book. Simon Salt has written a clear-eyed, utterly useful guide that is the de-facto instruction manual for Out of Office work.”

–Jay Baer, New York Times best-selling author of Youtility

“The world we live in now, no longer has borders to separate us. Technology empowers any talent in the world to work from where they desire. Simon has written a solid guide to help companies embrace this change in the global workforce and lays out the steps any individual or organization needs to follow in order to be successful in today’s business world.”

–C.C. Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer, YSN

Out of Office is a terrific manual for navigating the ever increasing future work options. This book will help entrepreneurs, freelancers, and organizations answer questions and find a fit for individual working options. As an entrepreneur who built my company with children at my feet, I wish this book was available when I was getting started!”

–Alli Worthington, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133383874
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/6/2014
  • Series: Que Biz-Tech
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 771,167
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Photographer, author, writer, and speaker Simon Salt has been working from locations that are definitely Out of Office for more than six years. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and various other print and online publications and has spoken to audiences across the globe. He presents topics as diverse as mobile, digital, and social marketing and creativity. He also has a comedic session on how to speak English the English way.

Educated in Britain, Simon has degrees in Information Technology, Business and Finance, and Behavioral Science. He also has a master’s degree in Logic, Text, and Information Technology—but he still has yet to pass high school math! He is a lifelong learner and is currently attempting to learn Spanish.

Simon is a strong believer in community service and has served as a volunteer firefighter, led a wildland search-and-rescue team, is a certified FEMA Community Emergency Response Team trainer, and currently rides with the Patriot Guard Riders honoring fallen service personnel.

This is Simon’s third book, and is already planning his next one—he is also considering therapy to help his addiction to writing. When not sitting at a keyboard, Simon is behind a camera, helping tell other people’s stories—something he loves to do.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Who Works Out of Office? 2

What’s in the Book? 2

Where This Book Was Written 4

1 Why You Shouldn’t Try an Out of Office Experience 7

You Are Too Social 9

You Are Too Easily Distracted 14

You Don’t Have the Space 17

You Need an Office for Clients 21

You Need Regular Team Contact 24

Not All Gloom 26

Out of Office Work Style Self-Assessment 27

2 The Benefits 31

Control of the Environment 32

Reduced Stress—Improved Health 35

Community Involvement 37

Saving Money 37

Setting Priorities 39

Setting Hours 41

Childcare and Bonding 44

Managing the Process 45

Recruitment and Retention 47

Feels Less Like Work 48

3 The Challenges 51

Partners, Pets, Children, and Other Demons 52

Interruptions 57

Domestic Chores 59

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Broader Challenges 60

Isolation 62

Support Tasks 63

Technology 64

Relationship Building 66

Accountability 69

4 Working from Home 73

Where in the Home? 75

Office Contents 79

The Employee Based at Home 85

5 Working on the Road 91

Essentials Items 91

Smartphones and Smart Travelers 97

Staying Healthy 100

Getting Rewards 102

6 Getting Organized 107

Workflow 114

Carrying It All with You 117

7 Rule Setting 123

The Connectedness of All Things 123

Unplugging—Not the Future 124

Shaping Behavior 125

Pros and Cons of Always On 127

Creating a Rule Book 129

Rule One 129

Rule Two 130

Rule Three 132

Rule Four 133

Rule Five 134

8 Work/Life Integration 139

Balancing Act 139

Priorities 140

The Myth of Multitasking 141

Integration, Not Balance 142

No More Priorities 143

No More Weekends 144

A Fair Exchange 146

Stop Watching the Clock 147

Stop Conforming 150

9 Time to Go Back to the Office 155

10 Tools and Tech to Help 171

Videoconferencing 172

Skype 172

FaceTime 173

Google Hangout 174

GoToMeeting 175

Gadgets 177

Neat Receipts 177

Mophie Phone Case 178

Collaboration Tools 179

Dropbox 179

Box 181

iDoneThis 182

Microsoft SkyDrive 183

iCloud 183

Productivity Assistants 183

RescueTime 183

Coffee Break 185

Breaker 186

Index 189

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