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  • 08 Feb 2013 12:46 PM | Deleted user
    As a business owner, you may be used to having control of what happens day-to-day, however, as the old adage goes, “you can’t control the weather.” As the snow storm “Nemo” hits the Northeast area this weekend, many people wonder if they should take the risk to go to work, or stay home in warmth. However, many people avoid worrying about this altogether as more Americans are shifting from working on-site to working at home.

    CBS News notes that more people are working from home, which could be a good thing for the economy.  Research conducted by the Census Bureau shows that 9.5 % of the workforce actually works from home.  What is contributing to this culture shift?

    • Cutting Commute Time:  People save both time and money avoiding the daily commute to work.  According to a 2009 Census Report on Commuting in the United States, the average commute time was 25 minutes. Cutting driving, people save a significant amount of money on gas, as well as completely avoiding any tolls they may pay during the commute.
    • Not Paying Rent on a Business Location: A business owner could save thousands of dollars working from home instead of working from an office. You cut costs on office rentals, as well as phone, internet and other utilities that are essentials for running a business.
    • More Earnings: The median income for people who worked from home was $74,000, compared to the $65,600 earned by those who left the comforts of their home to work.

    As international business relations are increasing, flying from New York to London for a business meeting is not always the best option. E-mail, virtual private networks, and video conferencing software such as Skype, also contribute to the increase in the home-based work force. In an article from the Chicago Tribune, it was noted that a nationwide push for more telecommuters could save $650 billion a year, reducing costs from the few aspects mentioned above as well as “traffic-related injuries, absenteeism and worker turnover, day care, meals, clothing and commuting time.”

    There are no signs of this shift slowing down as more jobs are becoming hybrids; 64 million people (or 50% of the workforce,) have a job that have aspects of working from both on-site and from home. Even the government has caught on to the trend, there being a 133% increase in home-based state workers, and federal workers who work from home increased to 88%.

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  • 07 Feb 2013 4:13 PM | Deleted user

    Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.  ~Bill Phillips    

    February is heart month – as well as a historically significant month for women in general. On February 27th, 1922, American women were guaranteed the right to vote by the United States Supreme Court. To be able to take full advantage of this right, you have to remain heart healthy. There is not a better time to be proactive about your health than during the heart disease awareness month. But we all know that there is nothing more stressful than obstacles that are naturally part of day to day business operations.

    Being a business owner, for you, stress is unavoidable, but it should be manageable. Of course running a business is by no means easy, especially with a fully loaded personal life. However, you should know that stress can be deadly for your heart (and then business) if it gets out of control. There are simple techniques that can help you with potentially stressful situations. The American Heart Association suggests a few ways to reduce the build up of stress. They say that you should “engage in daily physical activity, slow down, practice giving back, get organized, and try not to worry.”  Reading this list of suggestions probably made you more stressed out about your business than you were initially. These are all great ideas, but sometimes not so easily executed. It is undoubtedly difficult to fit in a daily dose of exercise with all your business responsibilities. Plus, how are you supposed to slow down if everything has a deadline? Practice giving back? If there is not enough time in the day for yourself and your family, where do you fit in the time to volunteer for others?  And of course if you were not organized in some way, you probably would not be running your own business.

    Not to worry, laughter, which is also suggested by the American Heart Association, is the best medicine. If you can laugh at the little things, your stress levels are bound to go down. And there is always time to take a few deep breaths and take on the problem, whatever it may be, head on. Your business depends on your health and you need to do whatever it takes to keep yourself healthy.

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