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If you work from home, get a dog

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 6-June-2013 issue

If US stats are anything to go by, two out of three companies begin in a spare bedroom, garage, or possibly even a bathroom. In fact, that’s how companies as varied as Apple, Baskin-Robbins ice cream, Microsoft, Hallmark cards, the Lillian Vernon online gift catalogue and Purex laundry products got going. Thanks to the Internet, running a company from home is now more do-able and popular than ever before.

However, operating a home-based business also comes with its own unique challenges. How many times have I had a client on the phone when my kids started fighting, the neighbourhood tomcat began his piercing mating calls or there was the loud, unmistakeable jingle of the ice cream truck driving up and down our streets? What about the battle to keep work separate from family and personal life? And the loneliness of working from home can drive you crazy.

One solution to some of these issues: get a dog. Continue reading

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Curb Your Obsession for Work and MBA

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 9-December-2011 issue

Are you a Type-A personality focused on climbing the career ladder or getting top marks for your MBA? It’s destructive to obsess about your job (or your MBA for that matter), especially if other key areas of your life suffer such as your relationships and your health. Here are three tips to help you keep your passion under control: Continue reading