7 Tips to Avoid Work from Home Burnout

7 Tips to Avoid Work from Home Burnout

How to juggle private, professional and social life – and avoid burnout

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When you start your own business, creating a healthy work-life balance is the last thing on your mind. Burnout is for people who work a corporate, nine-to-five job; not for people who turn their dream into reality – and who love what they were doing.

That thought is far from the truth; taking on so much work that you stop doing anything else, is the perfect recipe for burning out. Burnout is usually caused by excessive and prolonged stress; where stress by itself is usually a temporary condition (you feel things will get better as soon as you get everything under control), burnout kicks in when there’s no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel.

People who work from home (whether they have their own business, or are in the employment of someone else) have a high risk of prolonged stress. The main reason for that is often the absence of clear boundaries; when your home environment is the same as your work environment, lines get blurred. Many entrepreneurs work long hours – often interrupted by all kinds of distractions.

However, working from home can also be a blessing; you have the unique opportunity to set your own boundaries. I have been self-employed for about six years now, and I was lucky to get some great advice from others in my field when I just started out. However, most of the “golden rules” I now (try to) apply to my working time, I’ve learned through trial and error.

Set Office Hours

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  1. Establish office hours – and communicate them to the people around you

One reasons why many freelancers fail to establish clear work-life boundaries, is the existence of unrealistic expectations from their entourage. That you’re home all day, doesn’t mean you can keep an eye on the children, do the housework, drive your mother to the dentist and entertain a neighbor who drops by for coffee. Your workload is no different from if you’d leave the house in the morning to go to the office; that you happen to be home, is besides the question.

Before you start working from home, decide on your office hours. Work can start after school drop-off and finish in time for a weekly lunch with your sister; in between those, you need to be able to concentrate one hundred percent.

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  1. Schedule time for other activities

Establishing office hours is one thing, but there needs to be time for rest and relaxation as well. I work best with blocks; I’ll alternate an “office block” with a “household block” – time for groceries, gardening, or meetings with clients.

Schedule time for family, for household work and other chores, but don’t forget to also count in some social time – meet up with a friend, call your parents (or your children), spend time with people who keep you grounded and make you feel good. It might take up some of your time, but it will also give you more energy to tackle the rest of your week.

You have limited time, energy and resources. Be realistic when you’re planning your day; schedule some time for a breather in between office work… you can’t stay concentrated for hours on end (or at least, you shouldn’t). Go for a short walk, meditate or do some breathing exercises… get up from your computer and move around for a bit.

Getting exercise and / or fresh air can do wonders for the mood – and it will help you concentrate better when you get back to work.

Moms help each other out

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  1. Moms: help each other out

If you’re a mom with young children, or if you’re homeschooling your kids, they will be around all day – even (especially) when you’re trying to get some work done. Being on the phone with a client while you’re trying to entertain a one year old just doesn’t work…

Other people living near you might be in the same situation; explore possibilities of working together – maybe you can watch each others’ children for half a day every week, so the other gets at least a few hours of uninterrupted office time?

Try Not to Multitask

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  1. Don’t multitask

This should probably be rule number one – don’t multitask. It’s not worth the hassle.

With multitasking, I mean checking e-mail during family time – or chatting with a friend during work time. Once you start letting small things encroach on your schedule, there’s no way to know where it will end…

Dont Bring Work Home With You

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  1. Don’t let a bad day at work contaminate your private or social life

When you talk about work in a family or social situation, try to focus on what’s going well at work, and what you enjoy doing. It creates a more positive environment than complaining about annoying clients, talking about everything that went wrong or plain taking out your frustration on others.

Research shows that taking your work home with you has a serious impact on family and social life. Try venting about things that happened at work to your coworkers or a friend who’s in a similar business – they will understand what you’re going through better, and you could keep the story to your spouse or mother to the essentials – and give it a positive twist.

Keep your Emails for Work and Home separate

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  1. Have separate e-mail addresses for business and private e-mails.

When you just started your own business, keeping all e-mails in one inbox might seem sensible and simple; on the long run, it isn’t.

You’ll be tempted to answer business e-mails when relaxing on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee; it could also become complicated to share your e-mails with an assistant. Besides, having a professional e-mail address with your domain name in it just looks and sounds more professional.

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  1. At the first signs of burnout, turn to your friends and family

Burnout is not actually a professional problem; it’s a sign that business took over your whole life. In order to re-mediate that, the other aspects of your life (family, friends, your social circle and other interests) are what can turn the tables.

When you feel the stress at work is just not subsiding, or when you notice you just don’t stop working and it’s taking over your life, talk to others. Hopefully they can help restore the balance in your life. Get a hobby, go to the gym, just make your work a little less all-compassing. If it’s gone too far, you might need professional help – but that, as well, will have the best effect if you get full support from people around you.

Sandrine Ferwerda Coosemans was born in Belgium. She worked as a personal assistant in Amsterdam when she and her husband decided to make a change; she became a virtual assistant and social media manager so she could work from their off-grid olive and almond farm. When she’s not organizing other people’s (online) business, Sandrine can be found in the garden, with her chickens and alpacas.
With the help of other experts in the field, Sandrine recently created
Blogging Apprentice, where starting entrepreneurs and small business owners can learn all about online marketing for their business.

Maximize your Work from Home Well Being

Maximize your Work from Home Well Being

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Great well being when working from home

Working from home is a way of creating a great work-life balance right? You can wash the dishes, answer your emails, take a conference call, go for a walk and be right home without any commute. However working from home takes discipline and it’s important to ensure you look after your well being just as much, or even more than, if you were in an office or other environment. So what can you do to ensure you look after yourself?

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Take regular breaks

It can be tempting, particularly when you’ve got a tight deadline, to sit tight and spend a good few hours working away. However there is evidence that your productivity goes down without regular breaks so make sure you step away from the keyboard or the phone and get a cup of coffee, take a stretch, or do some housework. You’ll feel more alert, and ready to get onto your next task.

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Use the right equipment, in the right space

When you work from home, it might be quick and easy to sit at the kitchen table and stoop over a laptop, but in no time you’ll have aches and pains and a back problem. Ensure you make space for an adjustable desk, a proper adjustable office chair and preferably enough space somewhere with good light and where you can access fresh air. Propping a table in the corner of a room might feel a better use of space, but ask yourself how will you feel looking at the wall every day?

Take a three minute breathing space

When you’re in a co-working space if you have a bad day or a difficult client you can offload to a colleague or get some peer support. When you’re working from home getting that kind of team support is much harder. A good way of calming down if you’re feeling stressed is a short, three minute breathing space which is a mindfulness practice. It’s great for pausing, taking a few breaths and re-setting yourself again.

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Eat well and drink lots

You might find yourself snacking mindlessly whilst you finish a project and then feeling sluggish and tired. Eating well will not only help boost your mood, it will also increase your productivity, and even improve immunity. Try a healthy snack such as avocado on toast, or some nuts and seeds as a pick me up. They’ll also increase brainpower! Similarly without the coffee addict in your team to keep you hydrated, or the water cooler near your desk you’ll need to ensure you keep yourself topped up with water to ensure the ideas keep flowing.

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You spend more time getting up and about in a formal workplace; whether it’s wandering to the photocopier or water cooler, getting a hot drink or ferrying documents from one floor to another. So in the home environment when you often have everything nearer to hand, it’s important that you make time for physically moving around. Whether a gym session before you start, a long walk at lunch or spot of yoga, it will make a big difference not only to your fitness levels but also your mood, your flexibility and your general good health.

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It can be isolating when you work from home, so ensure you make space for socializing out of your work time with either other home workers, or friends. This will help you maintain your work life balance and give you an opportunity to speak to real people rather than someone at the end of a phone line!

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About the Writer

Jo Holloway-Green is a mindfulness practitioner, workshop facilitator and freelance writer. When she’s not spending time with her family and her four cats and two dogs you can find her out wandering aimlessly in nature. You can learn more about mindfulness over on Jo’s blog mindfulhub.co.uk, or catch her on Instagram/Twitter @mindfulhubuk

Tax Time Tips for those who Work From Home

Tax Time Tips for those who Work From Home

The tax time deductions you need to succeed as a self-employed independent contractor

Note: Please consult a tax professional for questions about your unique tax situation. While I am here to help, I am not a credentialed tax advisor. If sharing comments or questions pertaining to your tax situation, be very careful not to leave sensitive, private information.

Earning money (especially from home) can be a great blessing to accomplish all the things you’d love to do…until tax time that is. Business taxes can seem complicated to many and as an independent contractor come tax time there are advantages you can use to keep that tax bill in check. By planning ahead and keeping your expenses documented you can be sure to have the information on hand  to deduct everything you can to make your profit seem smaller and as a result reduce the amount you would have to pay in taxes.

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Employee or Independent Contractor.. that is the question

You may be asking yourself: But wait, I don’t have a “company”…Am I really “self-employed”? Does this even apply to me?

According to the IRS, “generally, you are self-employed if any of the following apply to you.


In short, unless you are getting a W-2 from each of the work from home opportunities you’ve done work for, you are likely an independent contractor and will need to pay some self-employment tax. Enter the wonderful, the amazing, the oh-that’s-cool: business expense. These beauties will offset the money you earned and help the IRS understand how much profit you actually made and thus reduce the amount you can be taxed on. Essentially, the less you actually made, the less they tax, the less you pay!

Here are some other important points to keep in mind:

  • If the companies you worked with send a 1099- MISC you’d be considered an independent contractor. If the company you work with gives you a W-2, you are likely their employee and you would list expenses on a Schedule A under “Job-related expenses”. If that’s the case and you aren’t getting any 1099-MISC forms for being an independent contractor, you’ll go here to look at what you can deduct on Schedule A under “job-related expenses”.
  • Always contact the company/companies you worked with to be sure if you are an independent contractor or an employee.
  • Keep track of everything you spend money on that benefits you as pertaining to working from home. Keep receipts in a secure place that will be easy to find at tax time.
  • Take screen shots, print out payments you receive or consider getting a subscription to Quickbooks (they even offer a free 30-day trial!) to help you keep track of income and expenses.

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    Expenses you can deduct!

     (courtesy of Intuit’s Quickbooks):


    Deductible Expenses

    Non-Deductible Expenses

    Advertising (Line 8)Any materials for marketing your business (e.g. flyers, signage, ads, branded promo items, events or trade shows) and the cost of developing those (e.g. agency or designer costs).Office holiday parties, gifts (e.g. books) that aren’t branded (use “Other Expenses”)
    Business Insurance (Line 15)Insurance intended to protect your business (e.g. fire, theft, flood, property, malpractice, errors and omission, general liability, malpractice, workers’ compensation).Health insurance, auto insurance (use “Car Expenses” or Add Mileage), disability insurance
    Car Expenses (Line 9)The business portion of your actual car expenses (e.g. gas, insurance, registration, repairs and maintenance) or public transit expenses (e.g. buses) if you use local transportation.Expenses (other than Parking/Tolls) if you use the standard mileage rate (use Add Mileage)
    Depreciation and Section 179 (Line 13)Depreciation expense on business assets (e.g. computers, office equipment, tools, furniture, cars). Note: The IRS requires you to use Form 4562 to claim these deductions.Car depreciation if using the standard mileage rate (use Add Mileage)
    Home Office Deduction (Line 30)Expenses related to a home office (e.g. business portion of rent, utilities, repairs, insurance, mortgage interest). You’ll need to fill out a Form 8829, unless you use the simplified method.Expenses if you use the simplified method (it includes all home office expenses)
    Meals / Entertainment (Line 24b)Meals or entertainment that you had with a client and during which you engaged in business discussions, or those incurred while traveling on an out-of-town business trip.Meals for yourself (e.g. on lunch breaks); dues for athletic clubs
    Office Expenses (Line 18)Office expenses (e.g. cleaning services for office, general office maintenance) that don’t have a separate category.Home office costs (use “Home Office”), rent (use “Rent”), utilities (use “Utilities”)
    Supplies (Line 22)Any supplies that you use and replace (e.g. cleaning supplies if you clean homes, office supplies like pens or printer ink, hot/cold bags if you do delivery).Office decorations and some other office expenses (use “Office Expenses”)
    Travel (Line 24a)Travel costs related to business trips (e.g. lodging, airfare or rental cars, local transportation). The travel must be overnight, away from your residence and primarily for business.Personal costs while traveling (e.g. dinner with a friend), meals while traveling (use “Meals”)
    Other Expenses (Line 27a)Any other business expenses that are ordinary and necessary (e.g. education to improve skills for your job, banking fees, association dues, business gifts, industry magazines).Expenses with their own separate categories, expenses that aren’t ordinary and necessary

    Less Common Expenses for the Self-Employed

    You might encounter some of these expenses in your line of work, but they’re generally less common.




    Deductible Expenses


    Non-Deductible Expenses

    Commissions and Fees (Line 10)Commissions/fees paid to nonemployees to generate revenue (e.g. agent fees). Many companies (e.g. Uber, Airbnb) remove their cut before paying you, so don’t include those.City license fees (use “Taxes/Licenses”), commissions paid to employees (use “Wages”)
    Contract Labor (Line 11)Any payments made to independent contractors (e.g. a contracted web developer).Wages paid to employees (use “Wages”), lawyer/professional fees (use “Legal Services”)
    Depletion (Line 12)If you’re in the business of mining natural resources (e.g. oil wells, natural gas, logging), you can write off the use of those resources. (We suggest getting an accountant if this applies.)Gas for driving (use “Car Expenses” or Add Mileage), home/office utilities (use “Utilities”)
    Employee Benefit Programs (Line 14)Costs related to benefits you provide your employees (e.g. health or life insurance, education assistance, accident or liability insurance).Your own health/retirement benefits (deductible on Form 1040 Line 28 and 29)
    Employee Wages (Line 26)Wages paid to employees (e.g. salaries, commissions, bonuses).Employee benefits (use “Employee Benefits”); payments to yourself
    Interest (mortgage) (Line 16a)Interest paid on a mortgage for property used for business, other than your primary home. You may receive a Form 1098 from the lender if you pay mortgage interest during the year.Interest on primary home (use “Home Office Deduction” and Form 8829 if used in business)
    Interest (car, other) (Line 16b)Other types of interest (e.g. credit cards, business lines of credit, interest on car payments). You can only write off the portion related to business, not the portion related to personal use.Interest on personal loans, home office mortgage interest (use “Home Office Deduction”)
    Legal / Professional Services (Line 17)Professional fees related to your business (e.g. attorneys, tax preparers, accountants, other professionals).Services provided by your employees (use “Employee Wages”)
    Pension Plans (Line 19)Contributions you make to your employees’ retirement plans (e.g. 401(k), Keogh plans, profit-sharing plans).Contributions made to your own plan (use Form 1040 Line 28)
    Rent or Lease (vehicles, equipment) (Line 20a)Rent or lease payments on business property not owned by you (e.g. machines, equipment, vehicles).Car lease payments if you use the standard mileage rate (use Add Mileage)
    Rent or Lease (other business property) (Line 20b)Rent or lease payments on items that aren’t vehicles or equipment (e.g. office or land rent), including any government taxes on those items.Rent for home office (use “Home Office”), rent for trade show booths (use “Advertising”)
    Repairs and Maintenance (Line 21)Repairs or maintenance on business machines, equipment or offices (e.g. repainting office, fixing computer/laptop, replacing worn parts on equipment).Car-related repairs (use “Car Expenses”), significant improvements (use “Depreciation”)
    Taxes/Licenses (Line 23)Various business taxes (e.g. your share of FICA if you have employees) or licenses (e.g. state or local licenses, or licenses required for your business type).Self-employment tax or income tax (see section below)
    Utilities (Line 25)Utilities related to your office (e.g. electric, gas, garbage, water).Utilities for your house (use “Home Office”)


    Note: Please consult a tax professional for questions about your unique tax situation. While I am here to help, I am not a credentialed tax advisor. If sharing comments or questions pertaining to your tax situation, be very careful not to leave sensitive, private information.


    How This Mom of 3’s Journey Can Help YOU Achieve Work From Home Freedom

    How This Mom of 3’s Journey Can Help YOU Achieve Work From Home Freedom

    How This Work From Home Mom of 3’s Journey Can Help YOU Achieve Work From Home Freedom

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    Hi, I’m Kellyloren! What brings you here today? I believe we met here for a good reason. Whether necessity in your home life (such as becoming a parent or needing more balance), a major medical upheaval or a line drawing ‘I’m-never-going-back-to-that-horrid-workplace-ever-again!’ type situation has brought you to your Work From Home Journey, welcome! It is my honor and privilege to be your coach to the fullest extent.

    How YOU too can experience Work From Home Freedom


    My Journey

    Several years ago, working from home was simply a dream that I had let die because I hadn’t been able to get a service business off the ground. Up until that point in my life “Working from home” was synonymous with stuffing envelopes or some other get rich quick scam…that is until my husband, who was fed up with a lack of home life balance made a bold move that would throw our whole family on its ear: we were moving from our lovely little suburb to a far less populated rural area across the street from where he grew up. Admittedly, I really struggled with it. Ok! Ok! I tried to flat out refuse to move to the woods,..to no avail.  Moving meant leaving a job that I really enjoyed, that I was very good at and at which I had just been promoted. I was facing moving to an area where getting decent work could take a very, very long time – or worse, require an even LONGER commute than before. For me, I could see no feasible option besides working from home – even though I knew of no solid options it seemed it was an absolutely necessity.  I was so uncomfortable with moving to the country. Luckily, my soon to be miracle was persistent!

    Answered Prayers

    Sometimes the difference between something being just a dream and it becoming reality is giving yourself no other option but to succeed. Despite being uncomfortable and looking sacrifice and everything I had worked for in the face as it was about to change, I found I wasn’t alone. In fact, I was about to discover just how much God really has my back. It turned out after much prayer and supplication that I was meant to trust God in ways I had never been able to do with any person before – ever. And boy oh boy, did God ever deliver!

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    Understandably, it won’t happen for everyone the way it did for me but I had been led to apply for an opportunity to work from home and the very day I vowed that I would move like my husband wanted and was mentioning to a co-worker how much more at peace I’d be if I had work in place by the time we got there, that work from home position called and offered me the job. Paying more than I was currently making. Right there. On the spot. Needless to say, I was floored – and my work from home journey began!

    While your unique work from home journey may start out less dramatically, I want you to know that you are not alone and getting to a place where you are 100% working from the comfort of your own home is entirely possible. Believe it or not, you finding this blog puts you a light-year ahead of where I was.

    Here are some top takeaways from my Work From Home Journey that YOU can benefit from:

    1. Discomfort often comes just before a fantastic game-changing discovery! I sifted through a lot of scams before I landed my first work from home job. Like I mentioned previously, before being faced with moving to the country the only at home jobs I knew of were basically scams!
    2. Your long work commute isn’t some fixed variable you have to silently suffer about. There are so many work from home opportunities right here on this blog!
    3. Keep moving forward and when you run close to losing optimism, ask for help and support. For me, I’ve surrounded myself (gradually) with others like me who are seeking freedom from office politics, and text messages about my kids firsts that I’m missing. Everyday, but especially in the beginning, I also ask for help and support from my Creator and everyday I’m humbled and grateful by the blessings working from home has brought about.

    Opportunities for YOU

    Here on this blog you’ll find work from home resources of all varieties – Jobs for beginners, jobs for those who want to work as an employee from home, jobs for those who would rather work for themselves (Independent Contractor) and even jobs for those of us without transportation! Check out the Job Leads section under “Categories”. Feel free to contact me as well!

    Once again, welcome… I am so thrilled to offer you the best work from home resources on the web.

    What brings You here today? Are you just starting on this journey or struggling to firm up your next work from home opportunity? Tell me about it in the comments below!! I’m here to help. Let me know what your concerns and challenges are – chances are I may have some really helpful tips to get you through to Work From Home Freedom 🙂


    4 Major Red Flags to Avoid when Seeking Work From Home

    4 Major Red Flags to Avoid when Seeking Work From Home

    4 Major Red Flags when Seeking Work From Home

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    Let’s face it: There are A LOT of make money quick scams out there and if you don’t know what you are looking at and want to work from home bad enough it can be easy to fall victim to these red flags. You see these scams everywhere: All of them seemingly leaping off the pages promising huge results with little to no effort. This is rarely the case. (Though don’t let this deter you from the work from home gems; oftentimes it takes much less effort than you might think!). Today we’ll discuss some major points that will help you sift through the work at home job postings and side step some of the biggest scams.

    Red flags to avoid when seeking at home work

    Red flags to avoid when seeking legitimate at home work!

    Here are some major red flags to watch out for and avoid:

    1. If it’s too good to be true. As mentioned above, beware if a posting or email or application says you’ll be getting a tremendous amount of money for very little or no work and all you need to do is provide your personal information- there are many scams just seeking your personal information. When entering your personal information, it should almost never be via an email and it should never be information like your social security number! It should be done on the company website, on paper or another secure means (like through a job search board for instance).


    1. If they ask for a fee to apply, to get information or claim they’ll send you money and you must send some back. These are huge red flags and signal that there is something shady going on. The worst part is that in many cases, you’ll not only lose money you’ve invested but you could be on the hook if you cash a check you receive from these scammers as it’s a fraudulent check to begin with (or involves stolen goods)!


    1. If upon a basic Google search, you can’t find any information about anyone else having worked there or you have a lot of trouble locating an address, phone number, email address or a social media page about the company. A company that has a legitimate product or service will have a website, most will also have a social media page (such as Facebook) and chances are fairly good you’ll also be able to Google to find reviews or some report about working there. If you find nothing about the company anywhere, beware!


    1. If they have no standards or requirements and aren’t telling you the hiring process. Real potential employers will tell you what they require so you know you’ll be a good fit for the role – if this seems like the kind of job that should require some level of experience but they are not asking for any of that information from you, use caution. They might not be legit!


    If you or someone you know believes they may have been the victim of a scam such as this, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks that you file a complaint with them here.

    Have you come across other opportunities that you thought might be a scam? What other things concern you when you see them in a job posting?

    How to Transition to Work from Home!

    How to Transition to Work from Home!

    How to Transition from Working a Brick and Mortar role to Working from Home Full or Part Time

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    Before I had kids I never seemed to feel like I had any time. Between working and getting the hang of living on my own I just couldn’t seem to budget my time and get everything done that I needed or wanted to. As I’ve grown and made the transition into marriage, and started a family I’ve realized a great many things. I have a newfound respect for taking time to incorporate spirituality into my daily life, being organized, for getting up early, and that first sip of coffee….

    I digress though. 3 years ago, when I started working from home it was out of complete necessity. In many ways, I don’t know if it would have come to pass without heartfelt prayer. That being said, it was a post much like the ones I’m writing for all of you now that answered my prayers and started me on the path I’m on now. I’ve never had to miss time with my two youngest ones these past few years. I’m eternally grateful and looking at my kids and knowing I can stop and play with them anytime because I’m here is a major part of my motivation. Another motivation that gets me up every morning is that my family is counting on me. Success is the only option.

    Knowing both your vision and what will keep you going are both of critical importance. It would be next to impossible to know how well you are doing and how close you are getting to your goals if you didn’t outline what achieving them would look like. For each person however, your motivations and goals will likely look different.

    How to Transition to Work from home

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    How to Transition to a Work from Home Lifestyle

    1. Plan an hour or two into your schedule either at the beginning or end of your day to consistently work on your new lifestyle plan.

      For some this time will give you the opportunity to practically transition in terms of the set up of a work space, explore work from home opportunities and apply for openings. I personally started with using that time to map out what I wanted to do and what it would mean for me and my family if I worked from home. Then I moved on to the practical aspects mentioned prior. Currently, even after years of working from home I still use my planner to map out my goals and break that down into monthly and weekly tasks using my handy planner:


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    1. Get organized and be persistent.

      If you haven’t already, outline what your ideal work from home situation would look like, what you might need in terms of supplies or knowledge, how long you think it will take you to achieve your vision and how you’ll know you’ve achieved it. It is also important to map out why you are really doing this. Knowing why this transition is important to you is so important because it will keep you motivated at those times when you have challenges or doubts.

    Here’s the planner I use myself, it’s not only beautiful, it’s a lifesaver:

    1. Map out budgets both financially and in terms of your time.

      It’s important to take stock of your time to know how much time you have to spend while you are working elsewhere and on which days. Given that amount of time, also take a look at how much you make at your current job. If you didn’t have the same transportation and related expenses so that you could work outside the home, how much would you need? Is working your current job part time an option? If so, be sure to adjust your budget accordingly.


    1. Get the supplies and set up a space for yourself to be work from home successful.

      For many work from home roles, you’ll need at least a laptop, and internet. If you’ve already got a computer and internet at home, awesome! You can just use that until you save up a little to replace them. If you think replacements will be needed, build a little into the budget you’ve set up. Here are some of the things I use an/or would recommend if I were planning my transition all over again:

    1. Pick out one or more work from home opportunities from the Work from home directory and decide what you’ll do with your earnings.

      While it is completely up to you how you spend your earnings, one thing that I have done in the past is to reinvest a percentage of what I earn and then save the rest into a several month emergency fund so I could reach the amount needed to shift to part time. Click here for the Work from Home Jobs Directory


    1. Make time for balance and for your health.

      In my article about Staying Work From Home Fit, I talk about 5 things you can and should do to stay at the top of your game while working from home. It will make your transition so much more enjoyable overall. Check it out here!


    1. Assess and re-assess for Success!

      Look honestly at where you are in relation to your overall goals on a regular basis (at least weekly) as it will help you make decisions about which opportunities to take, if your transition journey is going well and which to opportunities to pass on (because you’ll know if they are actually helping to reach your time and budget goals).


    What do you think?

    Are you dreaming of working from home? Do you already work from home? Have a story about your own transition? Tell me what you’re excited about and what your concerns are in the comments down below. I’m here to help!

    Opportunities for YOU

    Which of these tips do you feel will help in your work from home journey the most? Share in the comments 🙂

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