Living AND working from home should be an art form of its own. Learning how to work from home and “home from work” is like building a masterpiece with Legos.
Dozens of tiny pieces must sync together to get that one-of-a kind structure that makes you stand back and say “wow, I built that!” Building your work-at-home masterpiece can be done: profitably, joyfully, and within a balanced framework.
My mission statement … and your challenge, if you choose to accept … is this.
I believe anyone can make a great income from home in a healthy and balanced way, while maintaining meaningful connections with loved ones.
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Why so much emphasis on living AND working from home?
Because it’s HARD. If you already own a business and work from home, you know what I’m talking about. It’s so very challenging not to do “allthethings”! Am I right?
I’ll help you find legitimate ways to make money from home, work productively, take care of yourself, AND make time for your loved ones. Sound good?
I’ve been doing this for three years now, and I DON’T have a perfect work-life balance yet. However, I’ve learned valuable lessons and working from home tips that can make this easier for you!
The posts on this website will help you live your life, and maintain some balance, so you won’t be working ALL THE TIME.
Working from home tips and lessons you’ll need:
- Productivity working from home.
- Real ways to make money from home – or extra income to supplement when you’re getting started.
- How to save on a tight budget & how to manage money effectively.
- How to get fit and healthy at home [and stay that way!].
- A few working from home tips for when you’re super busy – convenience hacks.
Using the topics above, we’ll take an organized journey of this blog.
Each stop will give you tools for that particular work-from-home challenge, food for thought, and ways to add more balance in that area.
Let’s get started …
Productivity working from home
Managing your time while working at home takes practice. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you a while to find your groove. Just keep plugging away at different techniques until you find what works for YOU!
There is no one-size-fits all for how to stay organized and be productive from home.
Productivity tip #1: Find and use a good planner!
One of the first things that I did was to start planning out my days. Using a good planner, and keeping everything written down is the only way I can get anything done.
I literally keep my whole life tracked in my planner. It has worked so well, that I actually created one this year to help my readers successfully plan out their days also!
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” ~ Ben Franklin
A BALANCED LIFE WILL FEED YOUR SOUL IN WAYS YOU’D NEVER IMAGINE…
- Prioritize your goals and dreams for the future … not just the grocery list!
- Let your mornings nourish you instead of ruining your brand new day.
- Give yourself the gift of planning ahead and knowing what’s for dinner.
- Buy only the sections you need!
It’s time to put REAL LIVING back on your to-do list. Learn more here!
Productivity tip # 2: Make a daily routine
Whether you need a routine for sticking to your schedule for work, a healthy morning routine, workout routine, or to simply learn how to follow a routine. I’ve got a load of help for you in this area.
My own struggle with routine shows through this series of posts. Writing these helped me see the areas I needed to improve. They are well-researched and meant to help you choose what works best for you… and then not stress about the rest.
Don’t try to force any routines on yourself that aren’t genuinely helpful or don’t work with your lifestyle. Deal?
Productivity tip #3: Learn to prioritize
Learning prioritization skills should be the first step in time management. Separating urgent matters from the important and less important makes our to-do lists more clear.
Urgent and important are actually not the same. If we’re not careful, the urgent stuff will take over the important. Have you ever heard the saying “lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency for me”? [Or something close to that…]
Urgent matters can be just that. Things that either we, or a closely connected someone, procrastinated on, and now it’s “urgent”. Some things really are urgent, but some have been created… plain and simple.
Productivity tip #4: Perfectionism paralyzes
I’ll keep this tip short and sweet. Falling into the trap of perfectionism [or choosing to stay in it] will kill your work and family time. It’s one of the biggest time wasters there is. If you can’t make a decision for fear of it being the wrong one, or ending up a mistake, you’ll stay stuck.
Procrastination is born out of perfectionism. Keep that in mind.
Mistakes help us grow. Some argue that there are really no mistakes — only opportunities to learn what doesn’t work. Change your mindset about having things perfect, and watch how much your life and work improve. And I’ll bet your family will be relieved also.
Productivity tip #5: Have a dedicated home office
Set aside a dedicated workspace in your home. Having an office space keeps you organized, helps you feel “official”, and limits distractions. No need for a $1500 Pottery Barn office.
The kitchen table should not be an option, however. It’s an organizational and distraction nightmare. Also, the only way you can claim a home office tax deduction is to have a space that’s ONLY used for your work.
This can be a small desk or table in the corner of your bedroom. Far better to have a room with a closing door, but be creative with what you have and it will work fine.
Real ways to make money from home & how to manage money effectively
Okay, if you work from home, you may be strapped for cash for a while. Let’s explore legitimate ways to make money from home, how to supplement as you’re getting started, and how to manage the money you currently have.
Make good money from home
For starters, you DO NOT need special expertise, or a fancy degree, to start your own business or work-from-home venture. I was still eleven credits away from a bachelor’s degree [still am] and barely knew what Pinterest was when I started freelance writing and blogging.
An excellent way to make a good side income from home, or even a smashing full-time income is with freelance writing. I invested early in this skill, and am now able to charge $300 for an article. You actually can build a six-figure income with freelance writing without a degree!
Blogging has great potential as a passive income stream or a full-time business. You WON’T get rich quickly… I promise you that! But, it can be extremely rewarding and exciting if you’re open to continuous learning, and have a never-quit attitude.
The sky’s the limit for the topics you can blog about. And partnerships with businesses, other bloggers, and huge companies [think Amazon] can help you monetize fairly quickly once you’ve got some readers.
Here’s a 7-step easy guide on how to start a blog for beginners.
How to save money on a tight budget
Here’s a great guide that will help your budget. There are twenty tips for earning cash on the side, saving more money, and budgeting what you do have.
For help in saving money on your monthly food bill, I’ve found ONE simple change can save up to $500 for an average family. When your business is new and revenue is still low, spending less, whenever you can, will ease some of the financial pressure.
Here’s a trick I’ve used for years to lower my monthly bills. Simply call your utility companies and service providers and negotiate! It really does work. I’ve been able to get lower rates on internet service and cell phone bills many times.
How to manage money effectively
Sometimes money challenges go a bit deeper. When you’re building a business from home, or if you’ve chosen a side job as a stay-at-home mom… there are times when money issues can get serious.
One major pitfall to avoid is being at odds with your partner when finances get stressful. I learned a valuable lesson years ago about being unaware of our true financial situation. How to navigate finances in marriage when only one person “works”.
Maybe there are times when you’re unable to pay your bills … or very close to it. This has happened to many of us, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Life happens. Here are ten immediate actions you can take when you’re behind on your bills.
If you’ve never had a credit card before, or you’ve suffered from bad credit in the past and need to re-establish your credit, there’s an answer for that too. This post will guide you through how to find and apply for a credit card if you’ve never had one. I’ve also included cards you can apply for if your credit is low.
How to get fit and healthy at home [and stay that way!]
Oh man … this is such a big one for most of us who work at a desk all day. Whether from home, an office space, or community workspace, it can be quite the challenge to squeeze enough movement into each day.
Equally important is how to manage stress when the demands of business and life collide. Knowing when to walk away from business stuff and take a day off is imperative. And taking an actual vacation is a must if you want to stay sane and keep your mind sharp.
Maybe your body and weight have suffered while working at home [I’m raising my hand!]. Here’s a way to lose weight without resorting to crazy fad diets [keto, I’m looking at you!].
What if you’re short on willpower? That’s okay. Here are some simple and healthy changes you can slowly incorporate into your daily habits.
Mealtime convenience hacks for busy entrepreneurs
I’ll definitely be adding to this category in the near future! Streamlining the feeding process works wonders. [Sounds a bit like throwing hay for cows… ha.]
After long hours of work and managing family tasks, there’s the never-ending question of “what’s for dinner”. UGH!
Crockpot to the rescue. If you don’t own one … you’re missing out on the best kitchen tool for busy people that was ever invented!
Here are four fabulous crockpot recipes. They’re healthy, easy, and budget-friendly [did I mention delicious?].
If you need a quick and easy answer for breakfast, look no further than a super-healthy breakfast smoothie. You can actually fix an entire protein-packed super meal in a tumbler! Four incredible breakfast smoothies that only take a few minutes to throw together.
Does working from home feel a bit overwhelming… need some inspiration?
Working from home isn’t always a bed of roses. It’s life-changing, for sure. Becoming an entrepreneur or freelancer has the potential to provide financial freedom for life. But… you can’t go it alone. Please don’t isolate yourself while building your business.
Find blogging friends or fellow entrepreneurs who can mentor you and cheer you on. There are many wonderful Facebook groups for new and established entrepreneurs and bloggers. Join a few groups and befriend some like-minded people. You’ll never regret it!
Marketing yourself and your business is also a vital part of your success. If that feels intimidating, here’s how to market yourself without feeling like an obnoxious sales person.
No matter what season of life you’re in, you can do this too. Success is a matter of finding the right job for you, planning out your goals, finding your support system … and NOT giving up.
Let me know in the comments what questions or other tips you have about working from home!
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