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Today we have our first guest post from San Sharma. San is a blogger and community manager for WorkSnug, a mobile app and website that helps you find the nearest and best laptop-friendly places near you. San works from home, in coffee shops, coworking spaces – and wherever else he can get a connection! He’s […]

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Dr. Seuss had a way of putting things just so. He said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” He was absolutely right. You have expertise, experience and a desire to make a difference. This makes you completely unique and uniquely important. If you don’t put […]

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Mapping Your Workshifting Community

Posted by on 21 December 2010

The great thing about being a workshifter is that I’m unencumbered by the formal trappings of the corporate office. Well, I don’t actually have a corporate office, but you get the idea. The downside, of course, is that I don’t have the infrastructure either. And phone lines never go down and hard drives never crash […]

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Sometimes we don’t have a choice. Like not being able to leave the house because snow is packed against the storm door. Or not being able to get the car out of the garage because a five-foot snowdrift is jammed against the garage door. Or not being able to drive to work because a two-day […]

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Inspirational People in 2010

Posted by on 20 December 2010

Workshifting requires regular doses of inspiration. This year, I was fortunate to find great inspiration. I thought it would be nice to share some of the names of the people that made me better. A better writer, a better listener, better wine drinker, better father, more patient, more giving, more focused, less inhibited, and just […]

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Tap Your Tribe to Reach the Top

Posted by on 17 December 2010

“Hi. My name is Heather. I’m a marketing consultant, and I’m self-employed.” You’re familiar with the scene, the one with anxious-looking people sitting in chairs cast in a circle. They each take turns introducing themselves, then follow with the statement that balances any socio-economic inequity and forces attention on the common thread tying them all […]

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If you live in a town with more than 50,000 people, you may want to skip this post.  However, if you’re like me and live in a town with less than 5,000 people, read on.  I always get a tinge of jealousy when I read about all the great conferences, meetups, tweetups, and just general […]

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Sharing, Engagement and Serendipity

Posted by on 2 March 2010

In social media we understand and accept the principles of sharing, engaging and being open to serendipity. We benefit from engaging and sharing information with people online to form new friendships and working relationships. But how often do we ignore these same social media principles in “real life”? How many times do we sit in […]

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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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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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