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How to Avoid Distractions While Working from Home

The work-from-home era is here to stay. Companies all around the world have recently discovered that a stay-at-home workforce can be both cost-effective and highly productive. If you’re thinking about joining the work from home crowd, be aware that distractions can be hard to ignore without proper planning. From social-media pings on your phone to family members demanding your attention, getting work done at home can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible to tune out the outside world from your workspace. Here are some tips to help you be a work from home success!

PINPOINT YOUR DISTRACTIONS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN

Are you a Facebook addict? Does a messy house drive you crazy? Knowing what may become a distraction in advance can be helpful when planning your workday at home. Turn off notifications on your phone for any apps that are not necessary during work hours. Tidy up your house first thing when you wake up. If you know something will make it difficult for you to focus, deal with it first.

DRESS FOR WORK AND FOLLOW A SCHEDULE

The thought of working in their PJs makes some people very happy. But most successful home workers will tell you that loungewear is meant for lounging. Getting dressed in clothes other than pajamas and following a schedule (including a lunch break) is a great way to get your mind in “work” mode.

FIND A DEDICATED WORKSPACE IN YOUR HOME

Designating a spot in your home from which you’ll work on a daily basis is a must. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it shouldn’t be your bed. A nook in your kitchen, a desk in your bedroom, or preferably, any room with a door, can be the perfect place to set up a home workspace.

DISCUSS RULES AND YOUR SCHEDULE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS IN ADVANCE

So, you have a family of four hanging out with you while you work. If you have very young kids, please refer to one of our previous blog posts for advice on how to keep them entertained during the day. But if your kids are older or you have a spouse at home, you should discuss in advance what your work day will look like, and set some rules for dealing with interruptions. First and foremost, post your schedule so everyone can see it! And instead of knocking on the door or yelling out your name every time they need you, establish a texting or email rule (for non-emergencies). Typing out a message will make everyone think twice about why they’re trying to get your attention, and you’ll have time to reply at your convenience.

NOW THAT YOU’RE ALL SET TO WORK FROM HOME, LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

With the Arise® Platform you can generate income in the form of a full-time gig or a simple side hustle. The choice is yours. You can be your own boss, set your own hours, and decide how much or how little you want to work as you juggle other responsibilities.

The Arise® Platform connects small call center companies run by people like you to prestigious Fortune 500 clients through a virtual platform. Arise provides the clients, you provide the service. Client opportunities include:

  • Roadside Assistance
  • Home Improvement Supplier
  • Cable and Internet provider
  • Major Theme Park
  • Healthcare
  • Sporting Goods Provider
  • Grocery delivery
  • Cruise lines

This is not your average business startup; when you use the Arise® Platform, there are minimal startup costs. You can start your own business and work from home without a huge investment in infrastructure. It’s easy to get started and you can be up and running quickly. And now that you know how to work from home while limiting distractions, the sky’s the limit when it comes to productivity and earning potential!

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How to Make Money by Selling Miniature Paintings

Are you a miniature artist who's handy with painting skills and creating miniature models? This guide will show you how you can earn a decent income by selling some of your paintings and portraits. There are online marketplaces that will offer you the right price for your artistic skills. Read more to know about those websites.

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7 Free Video Platforms for Keeping in Touch with Family

Isolation, as you’ve likely discovered thanks to pandemic-related social distancing, is pretty challenging. Holing up alone, or even with a few of your favorite people, can be draining for even the most introverted among us.

That’s why people have been flocking in droves to online, in-person social gatherings. Virtual happy hours, book clubs and trivia nights have suddenly exploded in popularity.

A variety of free applications are helping us stay connected throughout the pandemic. (Honestly, thank goodness this thing happened in 2020… as opposed to 1985.) 

But which apps work best for keeping in touch with family and other uses? Here’s a rundown.

7 Free Services for Keeping in Touch During COVID-19

Whether you’re looking to recreate your weekend brunch experience, join a book club, or just expand your binge-watching party, here are some of the best free services to help you stay connected.

1. Zoom

This is the one that’s gotten all the press. Since the country went into lockdown in early spring, folks have been using Zoom for work meetings, happy hours.

To be sure, Zoom has a lot of positives. The free version allows you to host up to 100 participants for unlimited one-on-one meetings of up to 40 minutes. The interface is pretty easy to understand, and it’s compatible across devices, though most commonly used in browser mode.

Pro Tip

Zoom has lifted its 40-minute limit on free calls globally for Thanksgiving 2020 — from Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. Nov. 27.

However, Zoom could be described as, well, vanilla. There aren’t many additional features that make it particularly attractive for fun, personal uses. But it’s a good starting point for just about any virtual group gathering. 

Best for: Work meetings, webinars and general personal use.

Insider tip: You can easily start or stop your video or microphone at any point during the call if you need a break from being on-screen. In the web browser mode, the toggles are in the lower left corner of your screen.

2. FaceTime

If you’re an Apple user, chances are you’re already familiar with this one-on-one video conference application. Although it’s most commonly associated with the iPhone, it can also be used on an iPad or iPod Touch.

We like FaceTime for its clean interface and ease of use. But it’s definitely best used for one-on-one conversations; crowding the family in front of a cell phone camera isn’t easy. (Obviously, Android users need not apply.)

Best for: One-on-one conversations between Apple users.

Insider tip: If you’re using iOS version 12.1.4 or later, or iPadOS, you can capture still shots from your video call by tapping the shutter button.

3. Duo

Android users have been a little bit salty about the FaceTime thing for as long as we’ve had to communicate with Apple-using friends.

Fortunately, Google launched its own counterpart: Duo. And unlike FaceTime, Duo allows people to connect across devices and platforms, so you can download and use the app whether you’re team Android or team Apple. While it does support group calls of up to 32 people, we still think it’s best utilized for tete-a-tete meetings. 

Best for: One-on-one conversations between users of Apple or Android.

Insider tip: Scheduling issues keeping you from connecting in real time? You can leave video messages with fun effects and filters — a major upgrade from voicemail.

4. Facebook Messenger Video

Because of COVID-19, Facebook went from a meaningless time sink to an actual lifeline for many — and its popular messenger feature has video conferencing as an option.

Facebook Messenger Rooms is especially fun for families who are quarantined far apart; you can use facial filters and play games while on the call. It’s also available as a desktop app, so you can more easily see the 50 people you can invite to your room.

Best for: People who are already on Facebook every waking moment and use messenger for most communication. But you don’t need to have a Facebook account to join a room — just the link.

Insider tip: If you’re not quite ready for your close-up, you can use messenger’s voice message feature to record a voice memo instead.

5. Teleparty

Remember movie nights — the kind where you gathered in one living room over a single bowl of popcorn?

Although social distancing may have put a temporary end to that experience, you can recreate it online with Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party). This free browser extension (available for Chrome only) perfectly syncs up any video on Netflix, Hulu, Disney and HBO websites for you and your friends. It also provides a scrolling chat so you can make silent commentary.

Best for: Movie nights and binge-watching TV shows as a group.

Insider tip: Add to the fun by uploading screenshots, emoji and gifs while you watch.

6. Houseparty

There’s a pretty common pattern with social media apps: What’s first adopted by younger generations gradually filters down (er, up?) to older millennials, boomers and beyond. Which may be why you’re only just now hearing of Houseparty, even though it’s been around since 2016.

Although it’s similar to apps like Facebook Messenger video or Duo, Houseparty is more like a video version of old-school instant messaging apps, like AIM or ICQ. That is to say, rather than scheduling a hangout ahead of time, you might just sign on to Houseparty to see which of your friends is available — and take it from there.

Houseparty also includes some fun integrated features, such as games like Heads Up! and Trivia. 

Best for: Fun, casual group hangouts or virtual happy hours.

Insider tips: Houseparty, like Snapchat, uses gestural navigation… which can have a bit of a learning curve for us olds. Install it ahead of time and plan to spend a few minutes just playing around to see how it works.

7. WhatsApp

Long known as the messaging app of choice for international travelers or those with security concerns, WhatsApp also supports video chat on most platforms — though if you’re an Android user, you’ll need version 4.0.3 or higher. 

WhatsApp features end-to-end encryption, which means all the data you send and receive is private: No other party can access it, not even WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is also popular among people who live outside of the U.S., since it was one of the first messaging applications that allowed free conversation regardless of where you were on the globe.

Best for: Those with international contacts or who are concerned about security.

Insider tip: WhatsApp also has a text messaging feature — and it allows you to turn off read receipts, if you’d like a pressure-free texting experience.

Jamie Cattanach’s work has been featured at Fodor’s, Yahoo, SELF, The Huffington Post, The Motley Fool and other outlets. Learn more at www.jamiecattanach.com.

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