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It’s been awhile since I’ve updated our income report or shown more on what it’s like to work from home. I knew I needed to update ya’ll as well so I decided to get off my butt(HA!) and put this together.
Working from home is definitely a blessing. In a super cold and windy town like ours, I’ve never been more grateful that I don’t ever have to leave my bedroom and can wear fuzzy socks with no makeup as often as I would like. But there’s still a dark side to it. When you work from home, you basically have to be your own boss and it can be easy to let things slide more than you usually would.
For instance, I’m required to work 32 hours for my company and I can choose what those hours are. It’s easy to have my hours all over the place but I found that I actually need a set schedule or I’m more grumpy and can barely focus on what I need to be doing.
Being an introvert doesn’t help either. I would rather be reading fanfiction or wattpad, catching up on the next anime releases or working on my latest cosplay. Minimal human interaction, that’s the goal. But working from home, I’m constantly talking with new people for lawyers, doctors, and even construction sites. I’ve found that it’s tough to keep my customer service voice after an hour or so and I have to really focus on, well…staying focused.
By the way, does ANYONE actually recognize their customer service voice? I know I don’t.
Dealing with depression as well is just the cherry on top. I struggle to get out of bed most days, much less be at work. Luckily, blogging can generate an income and while I haven’t made enough to quit my day job, I HAVE reached some major goals regarding it that I hope I can continue to do. You have to be passionate about what you do and there’s nothing I love more than helping others through depression and anxiety. I love cosplay and watching others grow in their skills and enhance my own as well. And everyone knows what a total anime nerd I am.
But that’s a GOOD thing. Because now I can help others who are in similar situations with things I’m already passionate about. It doesn’t feel like work because it’s not. It’s your passion, your PURPOSE.
Set a Schedule
I always set my schedule now instead of just putting it all over the place. Most of my hours are done on the weekends and it frees up my weekdays so I can rest, catch up on chores or whatever I need to be doing. I had the craziest hours when I first started and it drove me nuts. Now with a schedule, I can work when I’m supposed to and not have just an hour or two in between shifts and never really be away from work.
Clear an Office Space
Clutter makes it hard to think. We already know this. With limited effort and time, you can make the correct office space for you. Naturally, I use this for my website and blogging as well. I love cute little designs and quirky photos like the tortoro pencil holder here so I naturally had to include those with my actual work belongings.
Don’t Be a Slob
It’s so EASY to not wear pants when you’re home all day. But when you dress like a slob, you tend to feel like it. I try to wear clothes that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to answer the door in. I still wear my fuzzy socks now that it’s cold, and I do tend to wear makeup less and less, but I try to be presentable as well. I’m in LOVE with leggings and over the shoulder sweaters but I also love my ripped jeans with a tank top and plaid shirt over it. You can check out an awesome selection of styles from sweaters to nerdy tops at the link here.
You can choose from some of my favorite styles here as well. Who doesn’t love Lilo and Stitch, Harry Potter or Pokemon?
What tips and ideas do YOU have for working from home? I’ll be doing an income report as soon as I can, but for now, I’m trying to focus on content over what I’m selling. Affiliated links and Facebook groups are great, but I’m still learning the in’s and out’s of them so that we can live on one income.
I’m still trying to grow my social media accounts which you can follow here and increase my page views. Last month, I went without any Facebook Groups interactions and saw my page visits go way down. I also stopped blogging for a month and you can see the effects of it. I want to grow each page by 100 by the end of November and can’t wait to try to reach my goals!
Current stats are:
Email Subscribers: 1100
Right now I generally have about 200 visits per day and I want to increase that by 100. Twitter and Instagram are my lowest since I use those for my daily social life and not just business. I want to try using them for business more but I’m still learning! I’m excited to see what the next month will bring us!
As always, keep smiling!