Home Work Retired

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 Dave Caolo. You can submit your questions here.

Hosted by Dave Caolo.



#109: Audiobooks at Work, and Standing Desks

May 2, 2014 at 8:00AM • 48 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail dealing with standing desk systems and listening to audiobooks while working. There's a little bit of talk about the cast photo for the new Star Wars movie. Just a little, though, we swear.


#108: A Chat with Dave Seah

April 25, 2014 at 7:00AM • 32 minutes

Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo get a chance to chat with special guest Dave Seah, creator of the wildly popular Emergent Task Planner and a whole slew of other productivity tools. He's full of great ideas and you'll appreciate his thoughtful approach to working from home.


#107: More Time Tracking Suggestions

April 18, 2014 at 2:00PM • 45 minutes

Dave and Aaron talk about some more suggestions for tracking overtime hours, and also more suggestions for Andrew from 106 about managing the email from his agency. Also, Grace mocks Aaron for playing a red-white deck, and then makes up for it with a present.


#106: Email and Overtime

April 11, 2014 at 9:00AM • 54 minutes

Dave and Aaron respond to listener questions this week about managing client email and tracking overtime. There's a bit of wandering into Dropbox territory, and a few related app recommendations. And then Dave talks for 6 hours about a Star Wars board game, which is the most awesome thing in podcasting. Evar.


#105: Technical Problems and an Encore Episode

April 4, 2014 at 8:00AM • 42 minutes

Because of some unavoidable technical difficulties, episode 105 isn't new and fresh out of the oven today. And we're sorry about that. But life is messy sometimes.

In honor of this mess, we're going to re-run episode 85, Messy Desks. See how clever we are?

Dave and Aaron debate the benefits and drawbacks to having a messy desk and office. Does it inhibit creativity, or encourage it?


#104: Taxes, Board of Directors & Continuing Education

March 28, 2014 at 7:00AM • 44 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail questions about the status of their personal board of directors, how they stay up-to-date on their professional fields, and a bit of tax advice.


#103: Planning Your Day

March 21, 2014 at 7:00AM • 37 minutes

Aaron and Dave answer two listener emails that both ask about the process of planning your day. Thanks too Jesse and Greg who both wrote in with their thoughtful questions!


#102: New Business Names and Dedicated Work Spaces

March 14, 2014 at 10:00AM • 33 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail about two great topics in this episode. First, should you name your freelance business after yourself, or give it a "business name"? And then, what are the negative aspects of having your office in your bedroom?


#101: Setting Rates and Fighting Loneliness

March 7, 2014 at 10:00AM • 39 minutes

Dave and Aaron answer listener mail. The first question, from Richard, deals with setting rates when you are first starting out. Then Ian asks us about loneliness.


#100: The 100th Episode!

February 28, 2014 at 8:00AM • 51 minutes

Dave and Aaron celebrate the 100th episode of the show by going through a fantastic listener email that sums up so many of our past lessons, and asks a couple of great questions as well.

Also, stay till the end for some great audio tips from other home-working podcasters.