Archive for December, 2009

Personal Motivation: Today I’m Going To ____.

What are you going to do today?

This is the question you should be answering each and every morning whether it’s a work day or a personal day. In the last post I challenged to you to list something you wanted to get better at in 2010. Well how do you do that? It needs to be part of your daily routine if it’s going to be an area of improvement. Today I talk about that concept.

Apologies for the bit of out-of-focus look to this video. I didn’t have my camera on the close-up setting…great feature to have unless you forget to use it!

Be safe tonight, everyone, and tomorrow start your day by completing the sentence, “Today I’m going to _______.”

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What Did You Get Better At This Year?

It’s good to look back and see how we’ve improved in certain areas, both on a personal and professional level. Sometimes we get a better feel for the direction we want to go with our career just by looking at the areas in which we’ve developed.

I run my own home-based company, and I don’t have the luxury (or annoyance, depending on your point of view) of an annual performance review. Nobody is taking notes and holding me accountable on the things I’ve done well or the things I’m improving upon in my career. It’s all up to me.

Today I want each of us to list one thing we’ve gotten better at on a personal level and one thing on a professional level. Don’t worry if the things you list aren’t areas where you’re an “expert” by any means – just areas where you’ve seen growth and development in your abilities.

Next, I want you to list one skill, either professional or personal, where you would like to improve in 2010.

I’ll get this started…

Personal: Playing acoustic guitar. I’m still super far from being a virtuoso, but I’ve always been more of an electric guitarist. This past year I’ve transitioned into playing a lot more acoustic, and trading my main electric guitar for a gorgeous Taylor K-10 really helped.

Professional: Video. I was looking back, and last January was really the first time I put a fully-produced video together for a client. Since then I’ve immersed myself in video through AnywhereMan and a lot of little projects. I have really enjoyed it and have learned a lot.

Skill to Improve: Verbal communication. This year my goal is to rid “um”, “ah”, “so”, and “you know” (Totally a MN thing) from my vocabulary. These words show up constantly in my videos here on AnywhereMan, and I want to see improvement in that. I’d also like to learn to keep my speaking more focused and concise.

Okay, now I’d like you to list the same three things. What have you gotten better at both personally and professionally, and what skill or area would you like to improve in 2010?

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

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Increase Your Visibility in 2010 Through Video

You work from a home office. Does anyone know what you look like? Or that you actually exist?

One of the big things I do with AnywhereMan is create videos (even if on a not-quite-regular basis). This has helped give people an idea of my personality, more-so than something like simple written blog posts could accomplish. Video has the power to establish your personal brand and help eliminate hesitations people might have about you without face-to-face meetings.

Do you plan to use more video in the coming year? What are your hesitations? If you have used video, has it helped your success?

PS – As I mentioned in this video, today is my first day with the Kodak Zi8 pocket HD video camera. I love it! If you want a cheap and super-easy way to film yourself, check out the Zi8. Thanks to Net Atlantic for the camera!

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Back Up Your Online Data With Backupify

It’s the end of another year and decade, and many of us are making New Year’s resolutions.  I’m normally not big on resolutions, but this year I do have one thing that I’d like to try to improve: backing up all of my data. So far I’ve established a decent system of backing up to an external hard drive as well as select backups to DVD.

However, this is a process of simply backing up files that are on my local machine. What about data that I have housed online?

As a web developer, I live much of my life online. I have a number of  blogs (mostly WordPress), social media accounts, documents, photos, etc that all reside on the web. I also use the full-arsenal of Google apps with Gmail being my main app for email, both personal and professional. I don’t know what I’d do if there was a crash and all that data was lost. I’ve heard a number of people express this same concern.

Enter Backupify, a new backup web app housed on Amazon’s cloud that connects to several web-based systems such as WordPress, Flickr, Twitter, and more. It can backup your data on a daily or weekly basis and allow you to browse and download any backup you may need.

At this point, I’m especially interested in the fact that it can backup my WordPress data automatically. I have several blogs on the WordPress platform and though I can do manual backups, having something that runs automatic daily backups is a time-saver.

Backupify can also backup your Gmail and Google documents (though at the time of this post the Gmail functionality was down for maintenance).

So far I’ve hooked Backupify up to my Google docs, Twitter account, and a few blogs. It was very easy to set up the account and get it all configured, and I even downloaded a copy of one of my backed-up blogs. It provided me with both the source files and the entire database scripted into SQL. This will really save me time and allow for a quick road-to-recovery in case one of my sites ever gets wiped out.

Right now the service is FREE. I read on the Backupify blog that the site will be going to a freemium model in the near future, so there will still be some sort of free level with a fee to upgrade to premium features.

Take a look at Backupify and let me know what you think. Do you have your own method for backing up your online data?

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Merry Christmas from AnywhereMan

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you wherever you are! Thanks for visiting AnywhereMan throughout the year.

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How to Talk to Your Boss About Telecommuting

I recently came across this video on a YouTube channel for EmployAid.  Some good content on how to talk with your boss about a possible telecommute arrangement, but even better acting. Enjoy!

Apologies for the lack of posts here on AnywhereMan this week. Projects, Christmas preparations, and family have been consuming my time. I hope that your holiday plans are going well, everyone!

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Find Legitimate Work From Home Jobs With FlexJobs.com

A little while back I posted a video from Jason Sadler of IWearYourShirt.com where he talks about (and wears a shirt for) FlexJobs.com.  Sara Sutton Fell, the CEO of FlexJobs, contacted me recently about doing an extended review of her site on AnywhereMan.  She gave me access to the site and today’s video gives a little insight into what I found.

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What I Love About Working From Anywhere

I love that I get to live where I do.

Winter isn’t my favorite time of the year, but on days like the one when I filmed this, it sure is beautiful. I also like being able to adjust my work schedule to work on building new skills, such as filming and editing.

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Both Sides of Telecommuting

I just found this video by Creative Destiny LLC on Vimeo and am LOLing and ROFLing all over the place. It’s very true to AnywhereMan life:

“Just pour yourself a cup of coffee in the morning, flip on the computer, and start working!”

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The AnywhereMan Christmas Gift Guide

If you are a Work Anywhere person like me, or know someone who is, this list is for you. Here are the six things on my Anywhere Christmas list:

1) iTunes Gift Cards

2) Pocket HD Video Camera

3) The Bourne Trilogy

4) Coffee Gift Cards

5) Bluetooth Accessories

6) BlueLounge Space Station

Really, I don’t actually need any of this stuff. They just compliment my lifestyle. If you’re really looking for great things to spend money on this holiday season, please consider donating to a charity such as Samaritan’s Purse in honor of the special people in your life. We are purchasing some gifts for children in memory of our friend Nathan.

What’s on your Anywhere Christmas list this year?

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