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My workshifting must-have is, without a doubt, my BlackBerry. It helps to keep me connected, organized and on task. My BlackBerry also makes me feel invincible, like I am able to handle any writing project or task thrown my way. I am Popeye after he gulps down a can of spinach: instantly strong and ready […]

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Recently I polled some fellow workshifters on the twitter network asking about what some of their biggest challenges were when working out of the home office. It was an interesting find because quite a few folks said that the biggest challenges included trust and communications. After having been a professional workshifter for the past three […]

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Much like the shirtless dancing guy in the amusing but compelling video above, workshifting is a physical movement–but instead of flailing your arms, you seamlessly move the location of where you do work. One day, you’re meeting your manager online from a coffee shop.  And the next, you’re prepping a client presentation while sitting at […]

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Today’s post is from Josiane Feigon, author of the bestselling book Smart Selling on the Phone and Online, the sourcebook for inside sales. Her Cubicle Chronicles blog is voted among the top 25 sales blogs. She is founder and CEO of TeleSmart Communications, a 20-year veteran and thought leader of the industry, Josiane is recognized as […]

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Tools for Effectively Workshifting

Posted by on 27 July 2010

As a home office-based working journalist and corporate copy writer, my job sometimes takes me on the road. This coming week, for example, I’ll be gigging as a reporter for a private organization’s trade show daily. Not sexy, but a nice gig amid the otherwise doldrums of summer– a remote work gig for a remote […]

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Where do workshifters come from?  Obviously, they’re dropped off by a stork. But, are they born workshifters or do they have to become workshifters? Most workshifters were at one time or another sedentary office workers, before they took the leap to working independently.  Recently, I was preparing to make the shift from occasional workshifter to […]

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The Deliberate Workshifter

Posted by on 26 July 2010

Some people workshift because they can.  Some view workshifting as a triumph of technology, others a triumph of humanity.  At my company, we workshift deliberately.  We believe that it empowers our staff as well as ourselves to add value and remain creative.  We believe that people work differently, and they should be able to decide […]

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The Benefits of Google Voice

Posted by on 23 July 2010

With Google Voice turning one year old and becoming available to U.S. residents, it’s time to highlight the benefits to workshifters. 1. Choose a Local Number or use your existing mobile numberAt my company I have the ability to forward my office phone to another number. However, the call can’t be forwarded unless the number […]

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Workshifting Guilt

Posted by on 23 July 2010

Guilt is a funny thing. It’s amazing how quickly that nagging voice can kick in, leading us to question our actions or feel that we have fallen short of some kind of accepted standard. Workshifting comes with its own set of guilty feelings. First off, there’s that little thing of the commute. My husband and […]

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I recently wrote about a friend of mine who hosts a successful, productive workshifting collective from his home office. I’m a veteran workshifter, and to be honest, I really like working all by my lonesome in my office or studio. So I was especially curious to see how and why a group of workshifters had […]

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