Home Work

Home Work

A weekly advice podcast for people who work from home, whether freelancer or telecommuter. We address listener-submitted questions, comments and concerns about all aspects of working from home. Hosted by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo. You can submit your questions here.

Hosted by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo.


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#134: Let's Review the Basics, Shall We?

October 31, 2014 at 6:00AM • 38 minutes

Dave and Aaron take a break from questions to reacquaint themselves with some of the basic rules of working from home successfully. If you're new to the show, or just in need of a refresher, this episode is going to change your life. Or something.


#133: Contracts Within Contracts Within Contracts

October 24, 2014 at 6:00AM • 38 minutes

Dave and Aaron talk about using contracts when you get clients through a service like elance, who have their own working agreements. And then they talk about budgets. And beer. And View Masters.


#132: Diversify, Diversity!

October 17, 2014 at 6:00AM • 36 minutes

Aaron and Dave answer a listener's question about how to diversify your income without ruining your day gig. Then, we talk a bit about how package pricing and can still be invoiced like regular projects.


#131: Distraction Center

October 10, 2014 at 6:00AM • 29 minutes

Dave and Aaron chat about notifications this week, and how they protect their work time against digital device distraction. Expect a rank about USPS package tracking. And big pumpkins. And how to hack your mood while working from home.


#130: A Baby's Colon in Like a TARDIS

October 3, 2014 at 6:00AM • 31 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer some questions for a home-worker with a baby on the way, and discuss how their undergrad degrees come into play with their current vocations. Also, Aaron can didn't seem to set up his mic correctly this week, so there's that.


#129: Should I Put My Pricing on My Website?

September 26, 2014 at 6:00AM • 42 minutes

Dave and Aaron wrestle with that age-old question...the one that plagued out ancestors for generations: should I put my pricing on my website? Our answer(s) will surprise you. Also, we get a bonafide Detention question...and answer it!


#128: The One Where Dave Was Alone

September 19, 2014 at 7:00AM • 18 minutes

Dave flies solo for this episode while Aaron fights off the virus from Stephen King's The Stand. Dave answers a listener mail question about how to pay yourself, and we hear from a listener with thoughts on when to contract out and when to do it yourself.


#127: I'm Taking My Kids to the Cemetery

September 12, 2014 at 6:00AM • 45 minutes

Two great listener mail questions this week. Dave and Aaron get a return visit from a listener looking for advice on how to franchise his business, and then they help a traveling grad student figure out how to catch up after being away for a while. And Aaron does spooky things with his kids, apparently.


#126: The One About the Bat

September 5, 2014 at 6:00AM • 39 minutes

Dave and Aaron discuss how to schedule freelance work when you have an erratic day-job schedule, and also how to know when it's right to subcontract, and when it's better to learn the skill yourself.

Then there's the story about a little bat.


#125: Let's Franchise Everything

August 29, 2014 at 7:00AM • 27 minutes

Aaron and Dave answer an email about Aaron's horrible typos, and then chat about franchising your business. Then there's Detention. Honestly, the detention part is funnier.