Leaving Work Behind

An Online Freelancer’s Introduction to Digital Security

Written by Anne Dorko on January 24, 2017. 3 Comments

An open bolt lock.As an online freelancer leaving work behind, your laptop is your life – some spend a minimum of six hours per day absorbing the blue light. However, if your laptop is compromised, you could stand to lose everything.

Let’s be clear: nobody is safe from hacking attempts, and there’s no bulletproof strategy if you become a target. Until that happens, basic precaution should keep the majority of the digital riffraff at bay. Predators like easy prey – so make yourself less accessible by applying some simple steps to avoid being hacked or having your identity stolen.

Personally, I find this process to be rewarding and fun. So without further ado, here’s my simple introduction to securing your online existence!

Keep Reading

4 Challenges of Working While Traveling (and How to Overcome Them)

Written by Ransom Patterson on July 5, 2016. 10 Comments

A assortment of travelling equipment.One of the best things about remote working is that you’re not confined to one place, or even one continent. You can work from just about anywhere in the world (with internet!), free to hop from place to place as the mood takes you.

At least, that’s the dream. In reality, we often shy away from travel because, well, working from the road can be tough.

From spotty internet, to delayed flights, to the fear that your client thinks you’re insane because you email them the final draft of a blog post at 4am their time (even though it’s 10am where you are), it’s not all sipping cocktails on the beach while an army of virtual assistants handles every detail of your business.

That said, working from the road doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple modifications to the way you work, working from the road is not just possible – it can even be enjoyable.

In today’s post, I’ll cover four problems I’ve encountered while working from the road, explain how I overcame them, and show you how to apply the lessons I learned to your own work.

Let’s get to it!

Keep Reading

Would You Like to Blog About WordPress for a Living?

Written by Tom Ewer on December 8, 2015. 5 Comments

WordCandy logoI’ll cut straight to the chase: WordCandy is growing, and I’m going to take on a full time WordPress blogger based out of our offices in Moseley, Birmingham (UK). It’s a unique and exciting job opportunity for the right kind of person – namely, a talented blogger who loves WordPress!

If you’re interested (or perhaps know someone who might be), you can find out further information and submit an application here.

Please note that this opportunity is only available to those who are able to work from our office in Moseley, Birmingham (UK). I know that rather narrows the playing field, but you never know – one of you guys or gals may be the perfect fit!

How to Halve Your Time Spent on Emails (In 3 Simple Steps)

Written by Tom Ewer on June 2, 2015. 20 Comments

Emails are a bitch, right?7827785878_4a9c041ff8_o

Your inbox seems like a never-ending pit of demands; an intimidating list of other people’s priorities.

In a perfect world, you would be setting your own priorities, yet if you’re like the majority of people, email rules your working life and dictates, to a large extent, what you do and when.

So let’s change that with three simple tips that you can implement – and benefit from – today.

Keep Reading

What the Future Holds for Leaving Work Behind

Written by Tom Ewer on May 14, 2015. 38 Comments

Crystal ballIf you’re a regular Leaving Work Behind reader, you may have noticed that I haven’t been around as much recently.

When I first launched the blog I published three times a week, almost without fail. After a while that reduced to two times a week, then one. These days my writing is somewhat sporadic.

So what gives?

In this post I want to explain where I am with my business, what that means for Leaving Work Behind, and what my plans are for the future.

Keep Reading