Archive for October, 2005

“Home Office from Hell” contest

The good people over at Office2share.com are holding a contest to find the top 10 reasons to escape the home office from hell.

Office 2 Share is a company that helps small businesses and startups find and lease small amounts of shared ready to use professional office space for short periods of time.

Now we at Home Office Blues prefer our home offices, but recognize the value of accessing more traditional space for large meetings or as our businesses outgrow us.

Review: Vonage Voice over IP (VoIP) Telephone Service

What is it?

Vonage is a voice over internet (VoIP) telephone service. This means that you make telephone calls using a normal phone over your internet connection instead of over the lines of the phone company. You can call any phone number using this service and the receiver does not need anything special to receive your call.
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Review: Brother MFC-420CN

What is it?

The Brother MFC-420CN is a compact inkjet printer, scanner, copier, fax machine, memory card reader. It has USB2 and RJ-45 network connectivity and it has a document feeder. Read the rest of this article »

Heard any good jokes lately?

One of the problems with working from home is that I don’t hear any good jokes anymore. There is no “water cooler” banter.

If you’ve got any good jokes, put them in the comments below. If enough people are interesed I may create a forum for jokes on this site. Let me know what you think.

Home Office Facilities Manager

One of the things about working from home, is that you always have to do more than just your job. For instance, this week I had to play the role of facilities manager.

It started out as a regular day at the home office until the water started seeping in under the wall from the laundry room next door. The drain had become clogged and the laundry machine simply ejected its water onto the floor.

After dealing with the flood, I heard a rattling, clanging sound coming from the recreation room. I took a peek around the corner and low and behold there were birds in my fireplace… flapping around. I had to quickly changed hats from plumber to animal control.

I never really remember having to deal with floods and flying creatures when I supported computers in an office, but now they fall squarely in my domain.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the floods and birds would have happened anyway, but I would have had to deal with them when I got home. They are kind of hard to ignore when they are in your face like this. At least now, I know I will be at home when the repair guys come…

Home Office Blues is Live!

Home Office Blues is now live!

This website is devoted to people that work from home. Whether you work for yourself or telecommute while working for others, you are welcome here. We are just getting started with the basics: we have a blog and articles and encourage discussion in the comments section.

Welcome aboard!

Cheers!