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SEO Strategies That Are Definitely Relevant in 2017

SEO Strategies That Are Definitely Relevant in 2017

SEO is a trendy topic for a few years now. If people to find you throughout search engines, your search engine optimization tactics must be effective and productive. You see, Google, the giant search engine that controls most of the search results has a very complex system of algorithms. Read more ›

Getting the Most out of Working Remotely

Getting the Most out of Working Remotely

Working in the tech industry allows many people to work remotely when necessary, or even primarily, due to the ever-growing amount of web-based productivity resources available. Some choose to work from coffee shops or libraries, while others prefer to work from the comfort of their home. Our Nimble team is very fortunate to have the ability to work remotely when needed, typically when sick, traveling, or needing to take care of something at home. Personally, I recently worked remotely for three weeks while recovering from an injury.

However, working away from the office can lend itself to a more challenging environment, as more distractions are readily available. The following tips will help you to maintain productivity while working remotely.

Setting Up Your Home Office

The night before you begin working from home, take some time to select a spot where you will be comfortable working, and will provide minimal distraction. This might be a separate room with a door (useful if others in your household also work from home), your dining room table, or a desk setup you may already have. No matter the location, ensure your webcam shows a professional scene if you use one. Additionally, take care of your body! Your work surface should be at the correct height, and your seating arrangements should demonstrate good back support (strategically placed pillows can help).

Set up any equipment you will need to ensure it will work correctly the next day, such as a secondary monitor, mouse, keyboard, webcam, microphone, headphones, and any necessary chargers. If you will be using a different computer than normal, make sure you are able to access all necessary apps and programs from home – your IT team or resident computer whiz will be able to assist with this. In addition to hardware and software, stock up your work area with any necessary office supplies, like notepads and pens.

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Maintain Your Regular Workday Routine

When working from home, it is important to maintain the same schedule and routine you would if you were heading into the office. Get dressed before starting work! Simply the act of changing from bed clothes to regular clothes will promote productivity. While you may not need to wear a suit at home, if you engage in video calls make sure your look is acceptable to your company’s standards. If you are able, it may be helpful to “commute” to work by taking a quick walk outside before sitting down at your computer.

It may be tempting to turn on the television and be lured into daytime programming, however it is best for this source of entertainment to remain off while working. Likewise, music you don’t normally listen to during the workday can break your concentration and cause you to fall behind. Keep access to social media access limited to break times.

However, do continue to socialize with your coworkers as you would if you were working within the office! Our Nimble team utilizes Slack to communicate internally, and in addition to work-related conversation, it provides a great medium for team building. Ask about your team members’ weekends, and talk about events in each others’ lives!

Additionally, while working from home might be a more relaxed atmosphere, remember that being home isn’t a break in itself. Make sure to take your full lunch, as well as a short break in the morning and/or afternoon, preferably at the same times you would normally do so if you were at the office. While your break at home may only consist of a trip to the kitchen rather than the local coffee shop, taking some time away from your computer screen is important.

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By making use of these tips, you’ll feel like almost nothing has changed when the need to work away from the office arises. What do you do to remain productive while working remotely? Please feel free to share your experience in the comments!

The Difference Between Good And Bad Fear For Business Success

The Difference Between Good And Bad Fear For Business Success
By April 10, 2017 Business Success

Business is about people. Without people, there wouldn’t be any business. No employees. No customers. When working with people every day in business, all their experiences, personal and professional, come with them too. That includes the element of fear; both good and bad fear. For success in business, it is essential to understand and recognize the difference. Read more ›

Know What Resources Are Needed For Business Success

Know What Resources Are Needed For Business Success
By March 16, 2017 Business Success

There are so many exciting things happening in our daily lives that our parents (depending on your age) and grandparents could never have imagined. For example, how in an instant an email message can travel across to the other side of the world rather than putting a letter in the mailbox for delivery, dialing a phone number without the assistance of an operator or having access to almost any type of information at your fingertips with computers and smartphones. There are countless other examples. The older one gets the more in awe of the amazing changes happening in our personal lives as well as business lives. Each day we have access to more and more resources previously thought to be unimaginable. Just look around the interior of your car, your house and where you work each day. Read more ›

Think Of Business Success And Failure In The Same Way

Think Of Business Success And Failure In The Same Way
By February 13, 2017 Business Success

Business success is about:

  • Will
  • Drive
  • Determination

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10 Key Steps To Run A Successful Business Blog

10 Key Steps To Run A Successful Business Blog

There’s no end of reasons why you should start a business blog – using a free marketing tool to enhance your presence across relevant social media platforms is one of the most effective and low cost tools available. This increases your visibility, promotes audience engagement, and posting regular updates fuels your SEO. Very few businesses can afford to not have a blog these days, especially as you can establish yourself personally as a trustworthy and reliable professional, open to communication with your audience so they feel they know and trust you, and will automatically seek out your services. Read more ›