It’s a blessing and a curse to work from home: a blessing because it means you’re capable and trustworthy enough to stay employed without having to go into the office every day; a curse, on the other hand, because you almost have to produce higher-quality work than your office mates if you want to keep it going.
The phrase “work from home” seems an oxymoron to some, but the practice is the wave of the future. For a variety of reasons, companies are becoming more amenable to non-traditional work arrangements. When done properly, it's a solid play for everyone involved. The most important thing to remember when embarking on such an arrangement, though, is that first word: WORK!
Time management skills are ideally something we learn in our teens and perfect in our twenties, but the accelerated pace of modern life can feel designed to prevent us from ever getting on top of things. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day, not with work responsibilities, home responsibilities, errands needing run, and the (very) necessary activities or hobbies that keep us sane.
Not all clients are created equal. Some are dreams come true, and others can turn into nightmares. For other marketing folks and those who do web-related services, we probably have bumped into the same set of scary clients with unreal expectations, misinformation, tight budgets, poor practices, and all-around ignorance. And some of you may be the actual clients that make the rest of us cringe. So what are the client red flags to run from—or the behavior you should change if you want to do business better?