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November 29, 2015

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Holiday Cheer or Holiday Fear? How to Balance Work and Home for the Holidays


With Thanksgiving around the corner, the holiday season is upon us. For many working moms, the holiday cheer feels more like holiday fear at the prospect of trying to fit in all the shopping, decorating, wrapping, dinners and parties while still making it into the office. In fact, a survey by Accounting Principals found that nearly 40 percent of Americans find the balance impossible this time of year and end up missing the chance to spend time with family and friends during the holidays due to work responsibilities. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of more work/life balance by gaining more freedom and control over your schedule.

Tis the Season to Be Balanced

If the joy of the holidays is often replaced by feelings of stress or anxiety, this may mean your work and home life balance is lopsided. Even for work-from-home moms, striking a balance between work and personal life can be particularly hard during the holidays. Here are a few tips to achieve peace and harmony:

  • Plan ahead and start scheduling. Create a to-do-list for both work and personal tasks. Try building a schedule of when you will work over the holidays. Setting your hours will help your family and friends understand when not to interrupt or distract you.
  • Don’t blur work and family mode. When you work from home, or your office is nearby, it can be tempting to slide in a few extra hours of work time. But, doing so will make your friends and family say Bah Humbug. When you’re in family mode, focus on that. Shut the door to your office or keep your laptop packed up to help minimize the temptation.
  • Eliminate distractions. Technology has helped us all keep connected to the office, but it can be the number one culprit to disrupting work/life balance. If you want to have a meaningful day at work, or one at home, simply unplug. Turn off alerts, beeps, ringers, etc. You don’t have to go “cold turkey,” choose two or three times throughout the day to check them.
  • Make a list (of fun things) and check it twice! Are there things you’ve wanted to do or see but never seem to find the time to do? Do it! Maybe you want to see the Nutcracker, or drive around and see holiday lights, or do the Polar Bear swim. Whatever it may be, choose ones that most excite you and focus on having fun.


While Visions of Freedom Dance in Your Head…

If the idea of working from home and gaining more freedom over your life sounds appealing to you, consider making “become an at-home business owner” your New Years’ resolution. As an Independent Business Owner, with the Arise Network, you can work from home on a schedule you choose that fits your life, while delivering call center services to some of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies. As your own boss, you can schedule your day how you want, in ½ hour increments, or hire agents to do it for you!.

All is Calm, All is Bright

Imagine getting the freedom, flexibility, and financial success you deserve as a holiday gift this year. Arise provides technology and business infrastructure to a network of at-home small call center businesses run by people just like you.  When you use the Arise platform, there’s no need to stress about finding clients. Your company will have access to great opportunities to service trusted brands in industries such as, travel, communications, retail, healthcare and telecommunications. .
Join the tens of thousands of independent, work-at-home service providers who have registered in the Arise Network. Start a profile today to begin the process, and make this holiday season truly merry and bright. Learn More About Arise.

Want Work/Life Balance? Science May Play a Role

iStock_000004084604XLarge-300x200Glassdoor has compiled a list of the 25 jobs with the highest ratings for work-life balance. A surprising number of the positions that allow for work-life balance seem to require a background in science, The New York Post reports. Making the cut: include data scientist, UX (“user experience”) designer, digital marketing manager, civil engineer and lab assistant.

Study: Taking Low-Level Jobs Hurts in Long Run


A post-recession study has found that employers seeking office workers were more likely to call unemployed applicants with relevant experience than those with similar backgrounds who took a lower-level position during the economic downturn.  Nearly 10% of the jobless applicants were called by the employes, compared to 8.5% of those who had taken a stopgap job.  But some staffing experts still say having a job, any job, beats the alternative, USA Today reports. “I think the employer… says they’re continuing to work and continuing to develop their skills,” says John Reed, an executive at staffing firm Robert Half.

Sleeping More at Home Pays Off at Work

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.54.23 PMSleep deprivation causes many problems: a spike in heart disease risk, depression, weight gain and certain types of cancer, says sleep researcher James B. Maas. Plus, it will make you less popular at the office, since it makes it harder to concentrate, make decisions and get along with others. But get anywhere between 7 ½ and nine hours of sleep, you’re almost three times more likely to gain insight into a problem compared those who remained awake, says Maas. Read more tips here.

Tis the Season… to Earn Extra Income!

Arise_Earn_ExtraAs the holidays are approaching this means family gatherings, holiday cheer and loosening of the purse strings. As the temperatures drop, expenses rise due to holiday shopping. Now is the perfect time to begin exploring opportunities to earn extra income, to purchase those must-have gifts, for friends and family.

A Home-Based Business Opportunity that Offers You Flexibility
The Arise Virtual Solutions work-at-home opportunity is tailor made for entrepreneurial individuals looking to supplement their income, because you can be your own boss and choose the days and blocks of time you want to work. Therefore, you can work as little or as many hours as you want, depending on the amount of extra money you are looking to generate.

Arise provides technology and support infrastructure to a network of primarily at-home, small call center businesses. These independent, work-at-home customer service providers use the Arise network to deliver customer support, sales and technical support to Fortune 500 clients, while enjoying the freedom and flexibility it provides.

The Weather Outside is Frightful but Working from Home is Delightful!
A work-at-home opportunity allows you to put away your shovel and winter gear. When you work from home you don’t have to worry about shoveling your car out from under feet of snow or contend with the cold by wearing layers of clothing. Your commute entails walking from your bedroom, to your home office – where it’s inevitably warmer than it is outside. You can even work in your pajamas if you choose to!

Joining the Arise Network
People who use the Arise platform enjoy the flexibility of earning a living while working from home, scheduling when they want to work, and being their own boss. 

Get Started on Your Home-Based Business Today by Registering in the Arise Network.

About Arise
Arise Virtual Solutions is changing the way companies think about call center services. Arise provides a virtual platform to connect primarily work-at-home small call center businesses to Fortune 500 and other large companies. For over a decade, Arise’s platform has enabled superior and extremely flexible customer contact, business processing and consulting solutions for numerous companies around the globe, uniquely blending crowdsourcing innovation, virtual technology and operational efficiencies to deliver an enhanced customer experience for a company’s customers. Arise Virtual Solutions is an industry leader and has been featured on many national news segments, such as: Good Morning America, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, CNN, and the TODAY Show. Learn More About Arise.


Treat An Interview Like a First Date

The first time you interview someone is a lot like a first date, says Larry Bonfante.  “You want to establish a rapport and leave the other person with enough interest that they want to get to know you better.  Remember, like all good relationships, both parties have to be excited about the relationship.”

Hiring Manager Ignoring You?

iStock_000004673829XLarge1You’e gone through many stops in a rigorous hiring process — only to be subsequently ignored by a hiring manager after an interview.  It’s annoying and unsettling— and very common.  The New York Post has a name for it: job ghosting.  Here, six ways to come when it happens to you.