Career

My writing life: playing the long game

I’m working on my taxes this week. As usual, this triggers reflections on my finances, and hence my career. I had business income from 20 different sources this year. I do think it’s important to have multiple sources of income, though 20 starts to seem scattered. In my defense, some of this is the result of building a speaking career. It might be more effic… read more »

The perfect work day schedule

One thing I’ve learned from studying time logs is that there are no perfect days. There aren’t even any typical days. But if one were to design an ideal workday, what would it look like? The Huffington Post recently attempted to answer this question. You can see their diagram of a perfect workday here. When I shared this on my Facebook page, many commenters… read more »

Using flexible schedules to balance life: How 3 parents make the puzzle pieces fit

Laura’s note: Over the next few weeks, I’ll be running some guest posts. Today’s comes from Brie Weiler Reynolds, director of online content at FlexJobs. I’ve interviewed the FlexJobs CEO, Sara Sutton Fell, several times about remote work and flexible scheduling, and her team agreed to do a post about how their own mostly-vir… read more »

“Rarely do people question success in the same way they do failure”

Oh, Real Simple. Your cover stories on laundry, your strange editor’s letters about Sheryl Sandberg, and photo spreads featuring not-real-simple $400 linen pants have been forgiven. The March issue features a fabulous interview with Kat Cole, the 36-year-old president of Cinnabon (a billion dollar company). How did Cole rise so high so fast? Maybe it… read more »

Is it better than driving a taxi?

Every list has its charm and idiocy, and the US News annual list of the 100 best jobs is no exception. The list attempts to rank jobs according to some mix of demand, salary, and satisfaction. Hence nursing or being a physician’s assistant score very high, whereas writing does not. Indeed, while being a receptionist or a taxi driver make the list, becoming a w… read more »