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.

#116: More About Retainers, and DBA vs LLC

June 20, 2014 at 6:45AM • 34 minutes

Dave and Aaron chat a bit more about retainers after a listener suggests a completely opposite strategy. And then they tackle the differences between an LLC and a DBA.

#115: Coffee, Capture Workflow, and Book Design

June 13, 2014 at 6:00AM • 56 minutes

This week, Aaron and Dave chat about why coffee is so hard to get right, and so good when it is. They answer listener mail about the services Aaron offers when he helps people publish books, and what their individual task capturing workflows look like. Aaron also plugs his new book series for freelancers, and Dave rolls his chair. Again.

#114: Invoicing and Payment Gateways for Freelancers

June 6, 2014 at 6:00AM • 42 minutes

Dave and Aaron discuss their current setups for receiving payments from clients. Options discussed include PayPal, Stripe, Plasso, and Square. Also, the difference between Standard and Modern in Magic: the Gathering.

#113: Bad Funeral Jokes

May 30, 2014 at 6:00AM • 42 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer more listener mail. This week, marketing to funeral home directors, managing business finances, and how a freelancer can get the benefit of working for a big company without actually doing that.

#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.