Web Work 101: Wrap-up

Over the past few weeks we’ve been running a series of Web Work 101 posts. Whatever your reason for joining the growing ranks of  web workers — whether your new business means that you’re working from home for the first time, you’ve been laid off and are doing some freelancing, or you’ve just found that dream telecommuting job — I hope you found the posts useful.

Here’s a summary of all of the great posts in the series.

Get the Apps You Need

Darrell introduces two tools that are used by nearly every web worker — Twitter and blogs — and gives you some pointers on how to make the most of both.

For a new web worker, the sheer quantity of tools to which you have access can seem overwhelming. What do you need to start with? Aliza leads you through the jungle.

Set Up Your Office

A comfortable place to work is key to the effectiveness of any web worker. Dawn shares some great tips from a panel of experienced web workers.

All you need to be able to work on the web is a laptop and an Internet connection, which means that you can choose to work nearly anywhere. Scott explains your options, and the pros and cons of each.

Start Your Business

Having a safety network of mentors can be really handy when you first start out.  Pamela explains the kind of person you might need to call on, and where you can find them.

Without a plan, you’re not going to achieve anything. In this post, Darren gets back to basics and shows you how to plan, budget and set goals.

Celine asks a panel of experienced web workers to share the mistakes that they made early in their careers. Learn from their mistakes and avoid them.

Avoid Isolation

Telecommuters can often feel left out in the cold: the lack of face-to-face interaction with your team can be difficult. Judi gives you the lowdown on how to ensure that you don’t get isolated.

Pamela explains why it’s important to get out there and join some groups: to keep you from being isolated and to build your network.

One of the biggest problems with being a web worker can be a lack of interaction with other people. Dawn explains some easy ways to maintain human contact, both online and off.