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Become a Work from Home Wisdom reviewer

Test useful work from home products for us

Work from Home Wisdom reviewsThis week we’re going to start a new feature on Work from Home Wisdom – reviews of products and services commonly used by home workers. There will be new pages for each review and a summary of each posted on the blog.

We’re starting with coffee makers,as we’ve already established that the making and drinking of coffee is such an important ritual when you work from home, as a way to take a break, quench your thirst, get some thinking time and use some of your favourite bits of kit.

For a while now I’ve been sourcing suitable items with Harriet, a VA with three young children who works from home, and now I’m looking for a small number of readers who would like to be a reviewer. Future categories will include laptop bags for those times you need to go out and about, and various ways of keeping warm at the computer in winter.

If you work from home in the UK and you’d like to try out and objectively review a product, just leave a comment on this post explaining why you’d like to take part and also why you’d make a good reviewer.

If you are successful I’ll email you with more information about what’s involved, ask for your postal address and add you to our reviewers panel. When the next product comes up I’ll have it delivered direct to you from the supplier, and email you a list of questions to answer, along with a date for completion.

Depending on the category, I’ll be asking you to comment on factors such as design, whether it’s easy and pleasant to use, easy to clean, how economical and so on. I’ll ask you to award a number of stars for each factor and an overall one for the product as a whole.

Your review will be published with others in the same category to give home workers an idea before they buy of what features are useful and what is good value. Products will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so I can’t guarantee you a particular category or item, but as a thank you, you will be able to keep the item you’ve reviewed.

I’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to suggest products and services you use regularly, including of course those you supply yourself. In the meantime as we complete the first category we may be drinking rather a lot of coffee – just a hint as to what’s coming!

Thank you – I now have plenty of potential reviewers, so the list will be closed until further notice 🙂

15 Comments on "Become a Work from Home Wisdom reviewer"

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  1. Helen says:

    I’d love to be considered, I like testing things to destruction! I’ve worked from home for three years now and love every minute of it, and actively encourage others to do the same. I do have the odd day out and about meeting clients and friends so can handle both aspects xx

  2. Sharon says:

    I’d love to take part Judy, I can be objective with my reviews – I review books and games in my ‘other life’.

  3. Jose says:

    I’d happily being a reviewer. I would like to think I’m fair, and open to new ideas, and as I’m about to move home and set up a brand spanking new home office I’d like to get inspiration about what products this new office could/should include.

  4. Penelope Overton says:

    I’d love to be considered as a future reviewer. I have worked from home for the last 5 or so years – sometimes in the shed down the garden, sometimes in the house. I write fiction and run a mediation business. I would be an excellent reviewer since I have a critical approach to most things, (including gadgets) and desire to get my view out there. See also my general blog at

  5. Fiona George says:

    I’d like to be considered as a reviewer. I’ve had .untold experience with coffeemakers! I have worked from home for over eight years and also spend some of my work time out and about. I have written book reviews in the past

  6. Alan says:

    I’d love to help out and be a reviewer. As you already know as a writer and reviewer of books I have some experience there. As a home worker but also an occasional occupant of the cube-farm, I’m always looking for that bit of kit that makes life easier or just a bit more fun.

  7. Maris says:

    Hello Judy,
    I’d love to be consider as a reviewer. I am new to working from home, but have experience in customer service environments and evaluating procedures and standards for hotels.
    I am also a mystery shopper and very much like to evaluate the service that customers receive in different businesses. Also, I take part of a super market panel to review products for moms and kids.
    I believe that now more than ever businesses needs to listen to their customers and acknowledge their need to provide good products and great service.
    I am also fluent in English and Spanish and can write reports, documents and reviews in both languages. Have a nice day!

  8. I’d be interested in reviewing a keep-your-coffee-warm insulated mug, especially one with an elegant or funky design.

  9. Andrew Coulson says:

    Hello Judy,
    I’d be delighted to work with you as a reviewer. I’m currently working from home as a freelance proofreader, copy-editor, writer and photographer. Currently I’m working on my photography website between other jobs.
    I would like to be a reviewer partly because I like the idea of trying out lots of different products, and to work on a different type of writing to vary my experience.
    I think I would be a good reviewer as I have had a number of years experience in engineering where part of my role was evaluating clients needs against products and explaining to clients how those products would help them. This experience taught me about writing from the users perspective.

  10. Janet Marshall says:

    Hi Judy, I’d like to offer myself as a reviewer. I’m a freelance writer, Jelly fan, and I also run the Lincolnshire branch of the women’s business support group Forward Ladies.
    I’m always open to anything that makes my working life easier. I work 30% from the kitchen table, 50% from coffee shops and the rest wherever I lay my hat.

    Regards, Janet

  11. Hi Judy, I’d like to offer myself as a reviewer for products that make working from home better.

    I can also offer recipe testing for those all important work from home quick and easy munchies?!


  12. Judy says:

    Thank you to everyone who’s expressed an interest in becoming a reviewer. I’ll get in touch with you very soon, and meantime I’m closing the list – plenty to be going on with!

  13. Cate Evans says:

    Dear Judy,
    I KNOW you closed the list 2 days ago, but
    I’d love to be a reviewer. However I was late to the party as I’ve only just discovered your site this morning while I was surfing for such a discussion site to support me as I beaver away in lonely silence at the dining table with a hot water bottle under my feet! If you had room I would love to me sneaked onto the end of your list.
    I work from home as a Marketing Freelancer, almost exclusively desk and phone based, and I suffer from the usual WFH distractions and gripes including being too mean to heat the whole house just for me. Being drawn too often to the kids’ biscuit tin. Being wound up by the noisy neighbour’s building work which has been going on for months. Oh yes and of course, what my Osteo calls Working at the Kitchen Table Knackered Neck. I also blog a bit on my FB page to amuse my other work at home chums around the world.

  14. Judy says:

    I’ve replied personally to Cate and would just like to confirm the panel of home working reviewers is closed for now.
    Look out for tips on keeping warm that are coming up soon and do share your experiences of the items reviewed and any others you may have used.