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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#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.


#124: Dave & Aaron's Book Club

August 22, 2014 at 8:00AM • 39 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail about hiring subcontractors and employees, and how they replicate the benefits of working around others when working alone at home. Also, Aaron rants about email.


#123: Your Website Sucks

August 15, 2014 at 6:00AM • 38 minutes

Dave and Aaron talk about cold-calling/cold-emailing businesses to offer your services, and when that might possibly be a good idea. They also do their best to offer up ideas to a listener who wants to create a membership site for the content they create.

And then everyone gets sent to detention.


#122: When Your Work Space is Also Your Personal Space

August 8, 2014 at 7:00AM • 37 minutes

Dave and Aaron discuss a listener question about how to handle a work space that is also your personal space. Plus, Dave gives us all the finger, and it hurts.


#121: Contracts, Business Licenses, and Managing Priorities

August 1, 2014 at 6:00AM • 44 minutes

Dave and Aaron are back from vacation, and this week they answer listener mail questions about managing priorities, how to use a generic contract with all clients, and when you need a business license. And email.


#120: This is What You Pay Me For

July 25, 2014 at 6:00AM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Aaron is joined this week by Jordan Cooper, comedian and web developer, and they talk about clients, running a freelance business, and being professionals. Aaron might also say something about auto mechanics, but it's taken totally out of context, we swear. And Bill Cosby.


#119: Episode 119

July 11, 2014 at 12:00PM • 41 minutes

With Aaron on the road, Dave is joined by freelance copy editor, Jason Rehmus. And Dave rolls his chair again.