Whether you are an independent consultant or freelancer who charges by the hour, day, week, or project, you are trading time for money. A few tips on giving your work a proper price.
By Katherine Reynolds Lewis
FORTUNE -- For many, being self-employed offers a promise of doing fulfilling work on your own terms. But along with that independence comes a dizzying array of decisions. One of the toughest of these MOREJan 9, 2013 8:38 AM ET
Eight out of ten employees now gulp a quick lunch at their desks, says a new survey. But not taking a breather during the day, even for just a few minutes, is a recipe for burnout.
FORTUNE -- Lunching al desko again today? You've got lots of company. Only 21% of people now regularly leave their workstations for a midday meal, according to a poll of 1,023 U.S. employees by talent MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Nov 8, 2012 10:30 AM ET
Certainly things must have been different 50-60 years ago. Without email, people left work at work. Right? Not really. By Laura VanderkamOct 16, 2012 10:24 AM ET
The average office worker spends 28% of her workday on email. Here's what to do about it.
By Laura Vanderkam
FORTUNE -- If you'd like a jarring experience sometime, try reading the famous children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alex and his family go pick up Dad at the office, causing all sorts of mischief, but what's strangest to the modern reader is the illustration MOREOct 8, 2012 11:14 AM ET
Procrastination is a vice, but delay? That's a tactic. By Laura VanderkamJun 20, 2012 9:36 AM ET
Before you run out and reconstruct the walls of your office's cubicles, consider that a shift in behavior might do more to support good work than the construction of walls ever will. By Georgia CollinsMar 2, 2012 10:55 AM ET
It's no simple task, but here are a few strategies from business owners who've managed to do it.
By Laura Vanderkam, contributor
FORTUNE -- Not many job categories are growing in today's economy, but here's one that is: the number of workers calling themselves "free agents." According to temp staffing agency Kelly Services, more than four in 10 workers call themselves "free agents," feeling unattached, long term, to any employer. This is MOREDec 16, 2011 9:18 AM ET
Night owls may have a reputation for creativity, but recently published research suggests that early risers are more likely to make headway on their long-term goals.
By Laura Vanderkam, contributor
FORTUNE -- You know the type: As you're groping around the office kitchen looking for coffee, your perky colleague bounds in to tell you that her bike ride this morning was "awesome." Plus, she finished the presentation you two have to give MOREAug 25, 2011 10:23 AM ET
In a world where jobs aren't certain, it's tempting to never call it a day. But at a certain point, it must pay to go home. Determining that point, however, is the tricky part. By Laura VanderkamJun 6, 2011 10:22 AM ET
Can't put the smartphone down at dinner? Prefer to email coworkers who sit right next to you? A few tips on breaking bad tech habits. By Daniel SiebergMay 3, 2011 12:22 PM ET
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