Home Work

Home Work

A weekly advice podcast for people who work from home, whether freelancer or telecommuter. We address listener-submitted questions, comments and concerns about all aspects of working from home. You can submit your questions here.

Hosted by Dave Caolo and Harry Marks.



#112: Magical Advice

May 23, 2014 at 6:00AM • 45 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener questions about clients looking for a cheap deal, how to raise your rates on long-time customers, and what systems they use to keep track of clients.


#111: Failing to Meet Deadlines, Canned Responses, and Agnostic Billing

May 16, 2014 at 6:00AM • 36 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener questions this week about a variety of subjects. We tackle the problem of failing to meet a promised deadline, say a bit more about canned email responses, and discuss a new platform-agnostic invoicing service. And Magic.


#110: Best Blog Practices, Calendars, and Balancing Time

May 9, 2014 at 7:00AM • 43 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail about good and bad blog and twitter practices, closing the deal with new leads, email app recommendations, and scheduling projects efficiently.


#109: Audiobooks at Work, and Standing Desks

May 2, 2014 at 8:00AM • 48 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail dealing with standing desk systems and listening to audiobooks while working. There's a little bit of talk about the cast photo for the new Star Wars movie. Just a little, though, we swear.


#108: A Chat with Dave Seah

April 25, 2014 at 7:00AM • 32 minutes

Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo get a chance to chat with special guest Dave Seah, creator of the wildly popular Emergent Task Planner and a whole slew of other productivity tools. He's full of great ideas and you'll appreciate his thoughtful approach to working from home.


#107: More Time Tracking Suggestions

April 18, 2014 at 2:00PM • 45 minutes

Dave and Aaron talk about some more suggestions for tracking overtime hours, and also more suggestions for Andrew from 106 about managing the email from his agency. Also, Grace mocks Aaron for playing a red-white deck, and then makes up for it with a present.


#106: Email and Overtime

April 11, 2014 at 9:00AM • 54 minutes

Dave and Aaron respond to listener questions this week about managing client email and tracking overtime. There's a bit of wandering into Dropbox territory, and a few related app recommendations. And then Dave talks for 6 hours about a Star Wars board game, which is the most awesome thing in podcasting. Evar.


#105: Technical Problems and an Encore Episode

April 4, 2014 at 8:00AM • 42 minutes

Because of some unavoidable technical difficulties, episode 105 isn't new and fresh out of the oven today. And we're sorry about that. But life is messy sometimes.

In honor of this mess, we're going to re-run episode 85, Messy Desks. See how clever we are?

Dave and Aaron debate the benefits and drawbacks to having a messy desk and office. Does it inhibit creativity, or encourage it?


#104: Taxes, Board of Directors & Continuing Education

March 28, 2014 at 7:00AM • 44 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail questions about the status of their personal board of directors, how they stay up-to-date on their professional fields, and a bit of tax advice.


#103: Planning Your Day

March 21, 2014 at 7:00AM • 37 minutes

Aaron and Dave answer two listener emails that both ask about the process of planning your day. Thanks too Jesse and Greg who both wrote in with their thoughtful questions!