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COME CHAT WITH US ON FACEBOOK
Chris and I would love to meet you on our Rat Race Rebellion Facebook page
. Come on over and say “Hi.”
We let our hair down there (well, I take my toupee off), and we also
post work-at-home tips and news, training dates, family pix, etc. About
1,000 people have already joined us, and we’d love to
“see” you there, too!
HSN SEEKS CUSTOMER SERVICE / SALES AGENTS IN FL, VA & TN
Shopping network HSN is actively looking for home-based agents in Florida, Tenn. and Virginia. To access the leads, go here
you reach the Open Positions Search Engine page, enter “work at
home” (without quotes) in the Keywords field, then click on
Search for Jobs.
CHRIS ON THE TYRA BANKS SHOW MARCH 1
will be on the Tyra Banks Show on Monday, March 1. She and Tyra will be
talking about how to stay safe on Facebook and Twitter.
To see where Tyra airs in your area, just click here
“CARS WILL BECOME OFFICES” – MY TAKE ON THE FUTURE IN THE NY POST
What do you make of this?
- The US is predicted to have 120M mobile workers by 2011 (per research firm IDC).
Stir in these organic points:
is going to get worse. (Talk about a safe prediction!) Public
transportation has too little political support, our overall population
is surging (200M to 300M in just 39 years), and work-at-home growth
lags far behind “car growth.”
Meanwhile, the Internet, with
its tremendous game-changing powers (can anyone say “print media”?) is
redefining the way we work. Home, café, cube, plane, and, alas, soccer
sidelines, Chuck E. Cheese and Little League bleachers – all have now
become our collective “workplace.”
And at Starbucks and “coworking centers
,” growing numbers of mobile workers stream in, plug in, power up…
might these trends be taking us? A few days ago I peeked into the
cloudy crystal ball with Brian Moore of the New York Post, and the article ran here
if events should somehow transpire differently than I imagined, please
judge me leniently, remembering these eloquent words of wisdom from
Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr:
“It’s hard to predict anything, especially the future!”
FROM THE R3 BOOKBAG – “MAKING TELEWORK WORK”
you're proposing a telework arrangement to your boss -- or you're part
of a new virtual team and want to make sure it succeeds -- give the
decisionmaker a copy of Evan Offstein's and Jason Morwick's Making Telework Work
almost everyone knows, one of the biggest obstacles to telework is the
manager married to "line-of-sight" supervision. (Of course, many
managers also feel that their “power base” consists of masses of warm
bodies dispersed around the floor. Proposing to take away the bodies
menaces their security blanket.)
The telework obstacle course
also includes the manager who believes that letting employees work from
home one day a month is the acme of innovation.
most dangerous manager may be a new Virtual Team Leader with little or
no experience running distributed groups. When his or her team fails,
it can jeopardize telework for everyone in the organization (and hobble
the enterprise into the bargain).
If you work for one of these
well-meaning people, do everyone (including the environment) a favor
and leave a copy of Making Telework Work
or her desk. Put a bright Post-It in Chapter 4, "Leading Telework Teams
in the Virtual World." This section alone, with actionable advice on
managing dispersed team members, may help foster or protect enlightened
working arrangements in your organization for years to come.
FROM THE R3 MAILBAG – “Are companies hiring ‘phone sex operators’ to work from home?”
I have heard that companies are hiring “phone sex operators” to work
from home. Is this true? What’s it all about? Does it pay well?
With unemployment so high, we receive many queries about the “adult
chat” sector. Given its controversial nature, we won’t go into detail
here, but companies do hire “phone sex operators” (predominantly women;
very few men) to work from home, taking inbound calls.
In response to reader interest, we included these jobs in our book, Work at Home Now
. You may find a copy in your local library or bookstore, and it’s available on Amazon
and BarnesandNoble.com as well.
HONDA’S “CAR FOR ONE”
cities and suburbs become more “concentrated” (English: mobbed), we’ll
need smaller vehicles to get around in. Pogo sticks are bad in the
snow, skateboards are tricky, piggybacking on each other is, at least
for the moment, frowned upon, and options seem limited.
But Honda has come up with a 3-wheeled idea that’s at least interesting to imagine on the Beltway. Have a look at the lithium battery-powered 3R-C
. Now, if they could just make a model with an anti-gravity feature, so we could fly…
REPORT FROM RATVILLE (AKA “NORTHERN VIRGINIA”)
a wretchedly debounced Tigger, these days. Fell on black ice and took
the edge of a concrete step in a kidney. Walking around the house,
grunting with each movement.
I work at home. For my own company. Maybe I’ll sue myself.
“THE RECESSION’S LONG SHADOW” – WHAT IT MAY DO TO MARRIAGE, MEN AND INNER CITIES
March issue of The Atlantic has a sobering piece by Don Peck on how the
“mother of all recessions” we’ve lived (or are living) through will
leave deep scars across the US population. Since so many of us are
either looking for work, know someone who is, or know someone who has
given up searching, Peck’s concerns are well worth further reading.
This is just a sampling; it’s a comprehensive article:
- “This era of high joblessness is probably just beginning.”
- “[A] whole generation of young adults is likely to see its life chances permanently diminished by this recession.”
- “It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities.”
- “It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen in decades.”
an entrepreneur, I’m usually optimistic to a fault. But I think it’s
important that we not mislead ourselves about our current economy and
its psychological effects, and prepare for what may be a highly
problematic “recovery.” The piece is online here
FRUGAL AND SIMPLE LIVING
today’s freebies. If you see something you like, be sure to grab it
fast, as free stuff goes quickly on the Web. (Sorry, but we have no
control over supplies, or when the vendors decide to halt their offers
our daily freebies, go to http://www.ratracerebellion.com/freebies.htm