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Tips & Tricks for Working from Home

Working from home has its challenges. Being alone all day can be draining. Sometimes the personal stuff and your business get all mixed up and cause boundary issues with everyone from clients to family members. But I still absolutely love everything about working from home, even on those less-than-ideal days when I’m sending logo concepts off to a client while also catching up on laundry. If you’re struggling to enjoy your home office environment, here are five things that helped me cultivate an enthusiasm for being boss from home.   Getting Dressed Every Day. I know a lot of my fellow work-from-home bosses are in it for the PJ’s. But for some reason I just can’t channel my best self in loungewear. So one way that I make working from home work for me is by getting dressed every day. Sure, my wardrobe has changed since my days in a “real” office. I don’t put on dress pants or heels. In fact, I’m usually barefoot all day. My go-to outfit is jeans and a casual top, or maybe a comfy dress in the summer. If I’m heading out somewhere that day I’ll usually throw on a favorite blazer and a couple pieces of jewelry to top it all off. Keeping Consistent Work Hours. I usually keep typical workday hours of 9am to 6pm because that’s what matches up with my husband’s schedule. What good is working for myself if I never get to spend time with him? Your ideal hours might be different than mine. The important thing is keeping them consistent. Your productivity will increase when there are limits to how much you can work on your tasks. Consistent hours also sets boundaries around when clients can expect to have your attention. Join the FREE 30 Day Focused Brand …

Look Before You Leap: Essential Practices for Leaving Your Day Job

Leaving the day job to provide freelance services, run your own product-based business, or consult is tempting to anyone with an entrepreneurial heart. So should you make the leap? And if so, how do you do it? If you’ve been considering going out on your own for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard many tales of leaving the day job. Sometimes, the message is to save up and wait it out to make sure you can securely start your business. Others perform best when their back’s against the wall, so they prefer to quit before they’re ready. No matter your unique situation, these considerations can help you figure out whether you should you stay or go.   Figure out why you want to make the leap. Running a business isn’t for everyone. There’s the stress of everything from money to skill level… plus a bunch of little stuff day in and day out like missed emails, tech glitches, and who knows what else. You will face mindset struggles like imposter syndrome and separating what you charge from what you’re worth as an entrepreneur and a person. Take some time to consider why exactly you want to work for yourself. Make a list of everything you’re dissatisfied with in your day job. Can you improve the situation by working with your boss to shift your responsibilities or changing roles? But maybe you find that the friction between you and your boss is so difficult that you’d rather be your own boss. If you’re going to take the leap, it’s important to make sure that the reasons are greater than your current situation. They shouldn’t be based on stuff like sucky coworkers or boring work assignments. There must a bigger vision for what you want out of doing your own thing – …