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Today we have a guest post from Gene Marks.  Gene, an idiot, is also an author of four best selling small business management books and a frequent online columnist for Forbes.com, Businessweek.com and American City Business Journals.  Gene owns The Marks Group PC, a ten-person CRM and Financial consulting firm located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. […]

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Recently I have been reading the Starfish and the Spider, a book I have been meaning to read for a while now.  Finally I started it and I am half way through.  As I was reading the first couple chapters there were a few things that made me think of workshifters.  In the first section […]

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10 Tips for Effective Social Listening

Posted by on 25 January 2010

So much advice is being disseminated I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about lessons learned from the inside.  We were experimenting around with social media in late 2008.  To be honest, we were just tinkering with Twitter.  We noticed that people were having conversations about our brand and we wanted to get in […]

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trust

In any relationship, trust is a critical part of the foundation. For Workshifters and the companies that employ them, working arrangements must be based on mutual trust to be successful. Businesses need to trust their telecommuting employees aren’t slacking off and are actually working when they say they’re working. Workshifters, on the other hand, need […]

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Buying vs. Renting For Your Workshifting Lifestyle

A few years ago this discussion wouldn’t be happening. It is (or was) the American Dream to buy a home and pay a boat load for it during the prime years of your life. The years when you are starting a family, have a secure job and could afford the nicely wrapped payments mixed between […]

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Now that we’re just about 5% of the way through 2010, you may be at that point where some of those New Year’s resolutions you made just a few weeks ago are already starting to slip.  There is still time to recover and keep to those resolutions.  But, make sure we don’t make the following […]

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Workshifting Toward Economic Recovery

Posted by on 19 January 2010

Business Week did a fascinating story about the effect of the real estate market on unemployment and economic recovery. Twenty-three percent of all mortgagees owe more than their house is worth. In Nevada, a whopping 65% of property owners are upside-down with their mortgage. According to the article, that together with a depressed housing market, the […]

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Organizing Your Travel with TripIt

Posted by on 18 January 2010

I am on a long work related trip right now.  Actually, I have four different business trips that end with the beginning of the next.  This workshifting trip will keep me away from home for 65 days.  So, naturally, I have travel on the mind.  I have been thinking about how to remain productive while […]

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Like most of you, I travel … A TON.  Last year, Melissa and I traveled about 55% of the year.   I absolutely adore traveling! We purposefully built our business this way.  However, one of the very difficult elements about traveling so often is being able to effectively manage your bookkeeping while on the road. […]

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Being a Small Community Workshifter

Posted by on 11 January 2010

This is a guest post from Deb Brown, an internet workshifter and small business owner of www.debworks.com An Internet Workshifter in the Hinterlands In my county of 10,000 people, I’m a workshifter.  I bring my business to you.  I teach small businesses how to determine a social media plan that works for them, then I […]

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