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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#141: Lessons Learned

December 19, 2014 at 6:00AM • 24 minutes

Dave and Aaron hear from a past listener who has news to report on how our advice has helped him. And then they chat about the value of learning new things, as well as doing an end of year review.


#140: Running the Numbers

December 12, 2014 at 7:00AM • 35 minutes

Dave and Aaron talk about tracking financial numbers, billing, invoices, and a small amount of classic TV. And the long-discussed, never-seen monthly spreadsheet that Aaron uses finally sees the light of day (check the show notes).


#139: That Time We Dropped a Bomb

December 5, 2014 at 7:00AM • 51 minutes

Dave and Aaron respond to a listener email about last-minute client requests, how to manage them, and what role contracts play in the equation. Then, Dave extolls the virtues of a new todo app that has caught his fancy, and Aaron jumps on the wagon with him.


#138: Solo Dave, Part 2

November 28, 2014 at 7:00AM • 10 minutes

Dave answers questions while Aaron is away. This time the questions are about what it takes to work from home, as well as tools to foster communication among a remote team.


#137: Finding Work

November 21, 2014 at 7:00AM • 30 minutes

Dave and Aaron chat about looking for work. It's not fun, or easy. But it never hurts to ask. Oh, and they tease us with a brief conversation about todo apps.


#136: Covert Freelancing

November 14, 2014 at 6:00AM • 29 minutes

This week, Dave and Aaron chat about how to market your freelance work without making your day-job boss angry. Then, Impostor Syndrome rears its ugly head again, and the boys slay the dragon for a listener. As one does.


#135: The Short One

November 7, 2014 at 6:15AM • 14 minutes

Dave and Aaron talk about Brad Pitt's untagging face, Alan Moore's "homeless man look", and how to get your freelance career off the ground in a small town. And that's about it.


#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.