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8 Work-from-Home Myths Debunked

work from homeThe ability to work from home is an increasingly popular and coveted perk in modern workplaces, and it's not hard to see why. From an employee perspective, the benefits of avoiding a commute are obvious, but employers also see benefits: Overhead costs go down if you don't have to provide desk space and equipment for your staff, and you'll never have to worry about lateness due to traffic or transportation issues.


5 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance Today

work life balanceWork-life balance is something that many desire but few are able to successfully achieve without a serious attitude adjustment. In an age where employees are always connected to their work through mobile devices, it can be difficult to have a fulfilling personal life when you feel like the office is an ever-present threat to your "you" time.

Dr. Garnett Newcombe and Kay Woods are the founders of CEO Real Talk, a speaking series that helps workers navigate the high demands of both career and home responsibilities. One topic frequently covered by these two female CEOs is finding work-life balance.


7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs

key to successEntrepreneurship isn't for the faint at heart. Founders must forge their own path, gather resources and take on huge financial risks – all in the hopes of avoiding the fate that 80 to 90 percent of startups suffer: failure.

So to be successful, entrepreneurs really have beaten the odds – especially young entrepreneurs. Starting with almost no wealth, network or business experience, many create more success in a few years than most people do in their entire lifetime.


How to Start Spreading the Optimism

“A pessimist sees the difficultypositiv in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

It can turn a situation that looks negative or bleak into an opportunity or something to learn from.



Oxford, Yale or Abu Dhabi? Middle East aims to become hub for universities

Modern campusNext year's college applicants have some difficult choices to make. Is it better to go to state school or private? Stay close to home or ship out to Abu Dhabi?

Western students receiving their education in the UAE is not as far-fetched as it might sound as some of the world's most respected collegiate brands have set up outposts in the Gulf region.


19-Year-Old Squatted At AOL For 2 Months

Eric Simons, 19For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant's Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.

It was 6 a.m. when Eric Simons was jolted awake by the yelling.

After working until 4 a.m, the 19-year-old entrepreneur had finally passed out. A few hours of sleep would help with the day ahead.

But unlike most people working at AOL's Palo Alto, Calif., campus who were surely still hours from showing up at the sprawling complex, Simons was already there. He'd been living there for two months, hiding out at night on couches, eating the company's food, and exercising and showering in its gym. And now, with an angry security guard bellowing at him, it was all over.


Obama announces help for student loan borrowers

Obama announces help for student loan borrowersPresident Barack Obama recalled his struggles with student loan debt as he unveiled a plan Wednesday that could give millions of young people some relief on their payments.

Speaking at the University of Colorado Denver, Obama said that he and his wife, Michelle, together owed more than $120,000 in law school debt that took nearly a decade to pay off. He said that sometimes he'd have to make monthly payments to multiple lenders, and the debt meant they were not only paying for their own degrees but saving for their daughters' college funds simultaneously.


Recycling newspapers in your garden

Recycling newspapersMany of you read newspapers and know how quickly they stack up at home. You can donate them to paper recyclers or you can recycle them yourself. The garden is a perfect place to get double-duty from your newspapers.

Most newspapers are now printed with either water or soy based ink, rather than the petroleum based ink that was once common. So it is pretty much safe for composting. I say pretty much, because the new inks can still contain very small amounts of toxic compounds, but not enough to linger and do damage. (An exception would be glossy magazine and advertising inserts, which still use heavy metals to get intense color.)


Quick tips on Internet search

search iconThese quick tips will help you to make your Internet Search more effective.

1) Use nouns as query keywords. Never use articles ("a," "the"), pronouns ("he," "it"), conjunctions ("and," "or") or prepositions ("to," "from") in your queries

2) Use 6 to 8 keywords per query


Increase your income!

increasing incomeHow to increase your income? The idea is to look for ways within your life that you can build or expand your income streams. While some people will be drawn to entrepeneurship, others may want to stay withing the fram work of their office position.

Present your case for a raise or bonus! Too many people just go in and request a raise and are rejected. Determine and track your worth to your company in concrete numbers. Keep copies of commendation from managers, clients, and coworkers. Practice going over your presentation to make it persuasive to your manager and overcome any objections that may present.