How to set yourself up for success when starting a new job remotely

For all the ways office workers have adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, the arrangement can be tougher for those starting a new job remotely. Getting to know the company, colleagues and even the lay of office politics is all the more difficult without the experience of being able to connect with others in person.



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And months after workers were sent home en masse in the spring, many are still connecting with colleagues both new and old completely digitally. Roughly 42% of the U.S. labor force is working remotely full-time, according to research from Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, and the number of companies announcing long-term remote work are continuing to stack up with time.

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For those starting a new job remotely, CNBC Make It spoke with workplace experts on how you can set yourself up for success.

First off, celebrate your new job

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What You Should Know Before Starting A Telehealth Business

Partner, Director of Strategy & Insights at RUNNER Agency

The calls began to trickle in around May this year. What started as a few leads here and there has grown into a steady stream of physicians and entrepreneurs looking to start telehealth businesses across many different specialties.

I began to notice some common themes around patient acquisition in these conversations. In many cases, there was a false expectation that the current groundswell of patient and industry enthusiasm was enough. What we could observe, as marketing experts, was increased competition, investment and exploration in a rapidly growing industry. Without an unlimited budget, the way to win in this climate is to market smarter.

So here are six key strategies I’d recommend for someone starting a new telehealth business.

1. Understand Your New Competition

Telehealth does level the playing field. If you’re a medical practice, you’re no longer competing against just

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Companies are just now starting to figure out remote work

As we move deeper into the pandemic, companies are realizing that the remote work habits that are de facto today will likely persist to become a major part of the way they work in the post-COVID world. Technology will play a big role in this new environment, but the way companies rebuild themselves around the technology may be even more important.

That was the topic of discussion at one round table during Fast Company‘s Impact Council annual meeting on June 30. The panel, moderated by Fast Company technology editor Harry McCracken, included Box CEO Aaron Levie, Visible CEO Miguel Quiroga, Threshold Ventures partner Heidi Roizen, Infoblox CEO Jesper Andersen, Pfizer chief digital and technology officer Lidia Fonseca, Emerald One CEO Laverne Council, and Vince Campisi of Raytheon Technologies.

When the pandemic began, much of the focus was on the technologies that we suddenly needed to enable working from home.

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Research, Plan and Strategize: The Fundamentals of Starting Out as an Entrepreneur


When you choose to hack your own path through the workplace jungle, you’re taking on a lot of risk and uncertainty. No matter your industry, you’ll face financial risk. Even freelancers struggle to find clients from time to time. You’ll also have to adapt to the varying demands of your business—you’ll have to be good at both forward-facing client communication, and head-to-the-books labor.


And just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you don’t still conceptually have a boss. There will always be commitments to customers and business associates. There will always be deadlines.

But the benefits are numerous. Your business is your ship, and you set the course. You choose your own hours. You choose your goals. No one can

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7 Steps to Starting a Successful Online Dating Site


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With advances in technology over the past decade, we’ve changed the way we live and behave. The internet is no longer just a source of information and entertainment — we spend more time in the cyber world now than ever before.

Online dating is one social activity that has grown dramatically. Today, there are many sites and apps for people who want to find their life partners from the comfort of their couch.

The increasing number of people who prefer to develop relationships through interactions on websites offers entrepreneurs an exciting business opportunity.

So, what do you need to do to start and build a successful online dating service? Let these strategies be your guide.

Choose the right business model

Do you want to charge a fee or offer complimentary membership and earn from advertisers?

You’ll

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The Fundamentals of Starting Out as an Entrepreneur

When you choose to hack your own path through the workplace jungle, you’re taking on a lot of risk and uncertainty. No matter your industry, you’ll face financial risk. Even freelancers struggle to find clients from time to time. You’ll also have to adapt to the varying demands of your business—you’ll have to be good at both forward-facing client communication, and head-to-the-books labor. 



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And just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you don’t still conceptually have a boss. There will always be commitments to customers and business associates. There will always be deadlines. 

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But the benefits are numerous. Your business is your ship, and you set the course. You choose your own hours. You choose your goals. No one can say no to a day off, and nobody makes you wear a tie. But most of all, you directly receive the rewards

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The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Side Hustle Part 6: Marketing

When you are starting a side hustle, one of the most important things you can do for your business is market. But marketing can get pretty out of control if not planned strategically. The first thing you need to do is make sure your marketing is synergistic with your sales plan. 

Years ago, I worked for an ad agency in San Diego. Out of the blue someone called our office and asked to speak to the media buyer – which was me. I answered the call and it was a local plumber, who serviced commercial buildings and businesses. He wanted to know if we could create an ad for his business to shine on the side of building at night – because he saw this done in Las Vegas the weekend before and thought it was clever. 

So I asked him, “This particular ad would only be seen during evening

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The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Side Hustle Part 5: Making Money

At this point, you most likely know what you’d like your side hustle to be. You’ve narrowed down your niche, looked into the feasibility of it, set expectations with your loved ones and defined what systems need to be created. Now it’s time to look at the money. 

Making money is thrilling when you start a side hustle. Generating a dollar out of thin air, instead of going into a job is exciting, and not always so easy. Here are a few things you will want to keep in mind when it comes to making money in your side hustle.

Define What You’re Selling

The first thing you need to do is define what you’re selling. Because you’ve already narrowed down your niche, you know who you will be serving – so now

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The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Side Hustle Part 4: Automation & Systems

A side hustle is defined as doing something on the side – which means that you’ll be juggling your other life responsibilities. So one of the best things you can do for yourself and your business is to automate, define systems and standard operations that can easily run without your constant attention. Any task that you repeat should be automated so that you can free up your time and attention. Anything that is vital to the health of the business needs to be systematized so that it can be repeated by others you may bring on down the road. 

One of my favorite business books, “eMyth Revisited” by Michael Gerber is a fantastic book on why you need to create systems and how to do it successfully. He also details out the pitfalls and burnout that can occur by not creating systems. If you are a new entrepreneur, it’s hard

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Starting a New Startup Business

From washing cars and selling cookies, to expensing vehicles and buying assets — you’ve come a long way.

Whether you washed cars for pocket money, sold cookies to raise money for your organization, or did something else to earn money as a kid, you’ve probably had the entrepreneurial spirit your whole life. Now that you’ve taken your business dream into the marketplace, you’ll find that things are different than they used to be.

We’ve put together a few tax tips that will make things easier for you (and please Uncle Sam), including:

  • How to choose an accounting method
  • What to do about estimated taxes
  • Which expenses to track

When you’re launching a startup, you have a lot of things on your mind, and tax considerations probably aren’t among them. But there are a few simple things you can do right now and in the months ahead to make things easier

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