5 Insane (but true) Things About Working from Home

Kayla Howard Entrepreneur 12 Comments

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5 Insane (but true) Things About Working From Home

Work at home parent; yes, I’m one of those.  The truth is, we are all work at home parents on some level.   Whether you’re working to get your bills paid and your budget balanced, or running an LLC from your home–we all work.  

Personally, I’ve had the honor and privilege of building a very successful, fun business over the last 4 years–all from the “comfort” of my own home.  If starting a business to earn extra money is something you dream about doing, stick with me as I share with you 5 insane (but true) things about working from home.  

#1 Working at home is the easiest, most difficult, relaxing and irritating thing you can choose to do.  It’s easy because you don’t have to commute to work, buy expensive clothes, or deal with annoying co workers.  At the same time, it’s difficult because you can sleep in way to late, be distracted by the mess in the living room, burn breakfast, and end up not getting anything done. One the one hand you’ll have freedom –and on the other–freedom to discipline yourself into productivity. 

#2 You get to do what you want.  Once you get past the discipline part, you can settle into doing just exactly what you want for work.  Truthfully, when you have the option of being able to work from home, you will also get the option to choose your work.  If you are not forced to go out into the traditional “work force” and find a job, you can choose a line of work from home.  Do you want to sell your eBooks because you love to write?  Do you want to sell your favorite makeup?  Up to you!  Choose something you love.  

#3 You can work anytime you want.  Are you a night owl?  Love to get up early?  Think best between 10am-1pm?  Working at home allows from some flexibility in the area of hours.  It’s not total flexibility when you have a family to work around and in between.  But you do get to pick!  Will you work 40 hours per week, or keep it around 20 like me?

#4 Productivity is highest at a desk.  Take it from me, don’t try to work from your couch…or the lazy-boy…or the kitchen table.  Create a space designed for work.  This will cause your productivity to go up, and it will cause the tension to go down.  Believe me, it’s much better for your family if you are working from your desk and not from the family area.  That way when you are in the family area, you are fully present for them!

#5 It’s easy to get started but hard to keep going.  Finally, working at home is easy to start.  Anyone can build a website, social media platform and start writing.  But most will not KEEP creating their website, posting on social media and writing.  This is where those who actually go on to make money and have a successful business and those who continually struggle are separated. It’s always in the consistency factor.  

Let’s say that you need to lose a few pounds.  The first time you workout, will you see a difference?  Nope.  The second time your workout, will you see a difference? Probably not.  In fact, you likely wont’ see a difference for at least 30 days.  The same is true for building a business, only stretch it out even more.  You heard me say, I’ve been doing this for 4.5 years.  I do it because I enjoy it.  I do it because I understand that consistency pays off.  And I do it because I choose to keep going.    

Can you build a successful business too?  Absolutely!  Please comment below and tell me—what is it that you are passionate about?  Let’s brainstorm and inspire you!

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  1. I love the part about the Laz-y-Boy – that’s so me! And sleeping in late, however I purposely plan my day to not start until 10am because I do love to sleep in, and one reason I started my business was to work around how I want my life to be. It doesn’t take me more than 20 hours or so either to get everything done in a week so I’m not shortchanging myself. When I was in corporate, it was the complete opposite, and I dreamed of the day I could do whatever I wanted all day, and it’s here, so I embrace it! Loving what you do? There are no words to express the gratitude I feel to get to do that all day long.

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  2. Great article! It is so true…I worked from home for 8 years and it is discipline! thanks so much! Have I mentioned how EXCITED I am about the Push to Silver course?!?! I am WAY excited!

    E! Rumbo

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  3. Hi
    Thank you. I was inspired by your thoughts early in the morning and how true it is.

    I am getting close to retirement in another 4 years and slowly building my career with a little bit of freelancing. I have done data entry, E books, written recipes, PPT presentations, sketches, e-mails, written cvs, photoshop work etc. I am developing my communication skills and web and graphic designing skills in the meantime. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Look forward to many more inspiring thoughts and all the best for your career.

    Thanks
    Therese

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      Therese, WOW! What a great plan to be building slowly right now, and have a solid foundation in place for online work once you retire! That’s the best kind of retirement plan. I’m praying for abundance and expansion of your time and energy as you pour into this!
      Kayla

  4. Hi Kayla. I hardly have time to read emails, but I decided to read this one and am I glad I did. I work fulltime as a bookkeeper at a school. This is not my passion, it feeds my children and pay the bills. I would like to help people with illness / emotional problems. I have done a reiki course, but based in Strand, South Africa, the people doesn’t even know what it is. Those that does, thinks it evil. I don’t mind though. I have decided to go do a massage course next so that I can do massages and attract people and then take it from there. Its very difficult since I would have to word on this after work, but then I still have the responsibility to make supper & sort the household. I also did a journey (Brandson Bays) and when I did journey’s with people it started to interfere with my household since one journey can take up to 3 hours. I would also like to go deeper into aromatherapy since I believe that smells and oils can be of great help. unfortunately I can not stop working until I earn enough with my own businesses. Sometimes I wish I can win some money just to pay the house so that I can stop working and do what I really want to do. I still have a lot to learn, but I don’t mind…if I can make a difference, that would mean the world to me!

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      Aromatherapy sounds like a perfect compliment to what you do! You have some very exciting ideas and possibilities! I will be praying for wisdom and doors for you to step out!
      Kayla

  5. Kayla I can’t wait to join you, working at home on my own hours! I really do work best when it’s quiet and after midnight, but that doesn’t work so well with getting my full 8 hours of sleep before bed. My passion is helping people feel GREAT — through fitness, dance, compliments, and super cute accessories. My big scary goal is to create an online accountability group where the price for entry is your choice of a fashion accessory, but you don’t get it just yet. If you hit your goal by the end of the month, THEN you get it, in the mail, sent with love from me. 🙂 I think it could work! ~Rochelle

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