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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!

10 Best Productivity Tools for Every Smart Business Blogger

10 Best Productivity Tools for Every Smart Business Blogger
Modern businesses are simply businesses that are able to survive in a modern marketplace where most consumers are in some form of debt. Popular businesses are either long-standing companies that have been around for decades, or are in the entertainment industry. Smart businesses are ones that are able to do more with less, and that is where productivity tools come into play. In this article, we cover the idea of business blogging because it is a universal tool that almost all businesses will find useful in one way or another.

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Why Small Business Leaders Should Give Twitter a Chance

Why Small Business Leaders Should Give Twitter a Chance

Whenever we turn the TV on or listen to a radio, we hear about Twitter. The media is constantly quoting the tweets that politicians and celebrities sent out and the way the people of Twitter reacted to them. All this can make Twitter seem like a place where famous people argue and can get attacked by masses. Read more ›

How To Avoid Social Selling Overload And Find Your Focus [Video Interview]

How To Avoid Social Selling Overload And Find Your Focus [Video Interview]

It’s easy to get caught up with trying to respond to EVERYTHING that comes your way on social media. Your eyes can cross thinking about all the notifications, messages and sifting through connection requests. When overload sets in, productivity and profitability plummet. Recently I spoke with LinkedIn and branding expert Viveka Von Rosen about that problem. Read more ›

Easy Tips For Nurturing Business Relationships

Easy Tips For Nurturing Business Relationships

Relationships are an integral part of business success and it’s important that we make them a priority. The possibilities of having a large and nurtured professional network are endless. The more people we meet, the more people will remember who we are and what we do. We have all probably heard Zig Ziglar’s famous quote:

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want”. Read more ›