The Challenges of Working At Home

In as much as I’m enjoying working at homehaving the freedom to manage my time anyway I want to – it is undeniably challenging as well.

Just like any work – be it a regular 8-5 job or managing a brick and mortar business – working at home also needs discipline and dedication as well.

Don’t be fooled with the idea that working at home means you can sleep all day or lull around in your PJs while you fatten up your bank account.  Seriously, let’s be real here.

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Why Work at Home?

With the current state of our economy today plus the fact that job security is pretty much non-existent – having  something that you can either fall back into or provide you with supplemental income proved to be not so much of an option anymore.

Working at home is no longer viewed as risky as it used to be.  In fact, with the right tools, proper guidance and positive mindset you can actually ensure your family’s future by working from home.

The Perks of Working at Home

You basically manage your own timeYes, you can wake up late and work late at night or work early so you can free your evening.  You can go on Holiday vacation with family, you don’t have to miss your kids’ school activities, you get to choose your own ‘break time’ – you pretty much control your schedule.

You are your own boss.  Yes, you’ll be working with other people as well in the course of your home business or working from home, but you get a say on how to go about things.  You don’t have to blindly obey just because you’re told to.

In the same premise, you get all the credits.  You rightfully get the credits for working hard on something that you genuinely believe in.

The Challenges

Not everyone is a believer of this concept – working at home or working from home.  They still view it as good as being unemployed.

For me, these basically are the people who are too afraid to let go of what they have grown accustomed to.  They believe that a ‘real’ job is one where you clock in and clock out every day for 6 days, one where there is a boss, one where you have ‘office mates’ or ‘work mates’  and basically one where you need to go out of the house to ‘go’ to.

Hmmm, isn’t being tied to 9+ hour job per day proved to be stressful?  How about the ‘boss’ who constantly hover or expects too much? And the office politics, the bullying and all?  Don’t forget the time you have to spend traveling to work.

People think that when you’re working at home, you can be bothered anytime of the day since after all you’re just sitting at home, right? Well, not quite.

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Working at home does mean you manage your own time, so the key is managing.  There is still some sort of order you have to deal with.  Yes, at times you can simply just go on a walk if you want to or decide to go AWOL to unwind.  But you get to decide when to do just that.

Say you’re writing an article, it’s not working, you can’t get a hold on a single thought…by all means take a leisurely walk instead, perhaps hang out with some friends for an hour or so. Or let’s say you feel all burnt out, you can then ultimately decide when is the right time to take a leave of absence and take a breather first.

So you see, there has to be some time management in place to make working at home work for you.

Working at home can be very challenging, just like any other ‘real’ job out there.  But I can honestly say that I’m leaving a fuller life – enjoying freedom, security of work and a much meaningful life.

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Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working

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It’s totally admirable for any woman to ultimately decide to become a full time mom and put her personal dreams or aspirations on hold or probably even for good.  Whatever the circumstances that lead a woman to become a stay at home mom, she is no less than a bit of a super woman!

The more important question is whether she is happy and content with being one.  Is she being this positive ball of energy that is rearing the children and managing the house wholeheartedly?  Can she readily say that she’s happy and fulfilled being the full time mom?

Stories of women stressing out about being a full time mom or housewife are very common.  But it does not necessarily mean it’s because she’s not enjoying being at home with the kids and managing the house.  Oftentimes it’s more than just the physical aspect of being a mother 24/7, being tired physically you can remedy with a nice spa treatment or a vacation or what have you.  What’s harder to face is the stress coming from an unfulfilled woman – someone whose dreams and passions are put on hold, or those feeling neglected and unappreciated, or perhaps even women who are felling worthless.

While stress can be caused by a lot of factors, oftentimes, for stay at home moms, stress is coming from the fact that they’re no longer working.  Of course, we know that again being a full time mom is a 24/7 job, but sometimes it’s not enough to fill the void inside.  There are many stay at home moms who wants to work and yet couldn’t bear to leave being a full time mom.  It’s great to know that now a days, you can very well do exactly that!

At Home and Working

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You have got to love internet!  It definitely opens up the world to a lot of people including the stay at home moms. Now, the idea of working at home becomes very accessible and surprisingly very doable now to a lot of mommies out there!

Get in touch with your passion

Moms can channel their passions and use it to start their own home business.  Say, you’re into arts and crafts, very well then – make stuff you’d love to share or better yet sell to other people.  And don’t fret, because you can easily do that while you’re home.  Use the power of social media to advertise your goods or services.  Set up a Facebook page and gather in your friends.  Before you know it, word of mouth will do the marketing for you!

Start writing

We pretty much know now that journaling does something positive to us, right?  Because you’re basically letting your emotions out, it’s a way of expressing ourselves.  Well then, how about you start writing and get paid for it?  You can create a blog where you can share your emotions, stories, ideas or perhaps tips to help others out.  And believe me, people read these stuff.  It’s pretty amazing actually how people are connecting to each other because somehow they share similar experiences.  And how you start earning from writing?  Well, when you write regularly and you’re blog or website is consistently updated, you’ll going to get a decent traffic enough to entice advertisers.  You will then get paid a certain percentage for every click/sale they make coming from your website.

Affiliate marketing

If you are quite a web savvy, then perhaps you can try affiliate marketing you make money online by promoting other business’ products or services.  Here you will earn a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.  It can be challenging to set up a website with decent traffic and ideally Google page ranking but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.

Freelancing

is blogging for everyone 4This is a great way to start working at home with basically zero start up cost.  As long as you have desktop computer or laptop and internet connection, you’re good to start.

You can simply join a freelancing site and start applying for jobs that match your set of skills. Job contracts varies from simple data entry, writing, virtual assistance, web research and technical support.

With freelancing, you are basically free to choose which job (or people) you want to work with.  You can also choose from short term to long term contracts.  You also get to decide how many hours are you planning to work in a day or in a week – I know kids can be a handful!

It will be great for stay at home moms to be able to work while raising the children and managing the house.  It will considerably improve their confidence, ease them of boredom, relieve stress and of course earn extra money.

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Turn Your Passion into a Sustainable Business, Part 2 of 2

Stick to your core gift.

lisa at workAgain, a business that is powered by genuine passion can make a whole world of difference – you are simply full of energy – willing to strive for excellence and ready to persevere.

This is where most people fail in their business venture, they lack the passion for it – if something goes inadvertently wrong they are easily swayed by disappointments and would almost instantly just give up.

You have a much greater confidence going into a business that you know you are good at, you believe in what you’re doing and that makes a big difference!

It’s time to sit down and go over the plan; we’re going to turn your passion into a business!

Passion driven or profit driven

What honestly drives you?

turn your passion into business 1In the first part of this article, we talked about what your real passion is and ‘why’ is it calling for you in the hopes to find out what your passions can do for the world in return – how it will affect other people’s lives, what are the intentions behind the passion.

We’re trying to turn your passion into a business but you have to honest with yourself whether you are passion driven or profit driven.

You can’t just suddenly jump into a business simply because you can surf and you want to make money. But, if you are passionate about surfing, and you longed for people to appreciate the sport or the ocean for example, you can then branch out that passion into educating people through greener products to protect the ocean or a surfing clinic, or a surfing store.

When you are passion driven, you strive for excellence and your perseverance is incomparable to those who simply want to make profit out of it.

Ideas will start coming in because you naturally want to make changes other than just make profit. You stick with it regardless of the challenges that will surely come; the only difference is that you may not even view it as challenges but rather just a step you need to go through to push for that passion of yours.

Do you know how to make money?

I know you want to that’s for sure.

env2post1Once you have decided that you’re passion driven and you really want to turn your passion into a business, it’s time to ask yourself, do you know how to make money?

You may say, well you sell a product or a service, you get paid, then you have your money!

Not quite that simple. If you are really serious and want to turn your passion into a business, you will have to know the business aspect of it.

You have to consider the cost of keeping your business. The marketing you need to get your business out there. The employees (if you need them) you need to pay for. If you’re selling products, where or how are you going to deliver your products? If you’re providing services, where and how much your shop or clinic is going to cost you.

Surround yourself with people with varying skills

Know the company you’re keeping

You would want to be surrounded by people with great skills and genuine intent to help you out in the business world. Remember that this business is basically your ‘baby’ so think about it, with whom you are going to entrust your baby with.

Seeking help from family or friends is also an idea, especially if you really want to start small and don’t want to hire people (yet). Or you can also consider getting one or two employees or a business partner.

Educate yourself

It’s time to learn new things!

env2post2You can also choose to educate yourself. Let’s say for example, you really want to start small and wants to do it by yourself (probably at least until the business took off) – you can very well do so! Do your research, ask people, search online, look for similar businesses!

When I started my business, I didn’t know anything about the business aspect of it – I’m an artist and you don’t exactly get business education in art school. But somehow, I persevered; I learned all the stuff I needed to learn to push through with the business.

I understand branding, so that’s a start. I know I have to create a brand that I want to be known for. Being the artist that I am, that part was easy.

Then I learned about drop shipping for my products. I study all about it – terms, wordings, the hows and the whys.

I searched online to learn about how I can market my business. Basically, we want people to know about us – our existence, what we have to offer, it’s all about marketing.

Simply put, I educated myself about my business – I have to, yes, but more so because I want to, because I believe that my passion can make a difference!

See how passion plays a big role in business?

Make an online presence

Today, it has become part of almost every business venture to create presence online – whether it’s social media or blogging.
Why? Well, everybody is almost always online! Whether they’re simply checking on their friends or families, or searching for something, or simply for recreational purposes. People are always online!

So, naturally, that’s where you want your business to be.
Create presence online through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram. Make sure that you’re putting yourself out there for people to see and know about you.

What’s even better is for you to create a blog for your business. Don’t fret! It’s not rocket science, you can easily get your blog going with Blog Beast, it’s an upgraded version of Empower Network’s blogging system, click here to read my article about Blog Beast.

The idea of having a blog for your business is to create presence online and to connect more to your clients or future customers. Through blogging, you can offer more than just the products or services your business is providing – you can share tips, DIYs, updates or even other upcoming projects.

Get ready, brace your heart and then take the launch

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You are now set to turn your passion into a business!

Given that you’re about to delve into something that you are passionate about, mixing the business aspect will somehow cause some jitters. That’s highly normal, for one you’re passionate about this so we naturally get excited by just the thought of it.

But keep in mind that you will be tested time and again, (you may not even saw it as ‘challenges’ when your focus is all set to that one goal you fixed your eyes on), don’t get discouraged, don’t let the judgment of other people or your fear of failure to hold you back.

You will soon reap the fruits of your hard work and motivate yourself with the fact that you’re on your way to creating a better life for your family.

Turn your passion into a business and be free!

Businesses take time to build and take time to keep it going. The difference though when you’re in business with something you are passionate about, is that it’s not pure ‘work.’ But rather, an opportunity presented everyday to better yourself in what you are good at and affect people in ways you can only imagine.

You can free yourself from a job that is not only restricting your creativity and passion but robbing you of the opportunity to enjoy life spending time with family or friends doing the things that makes you whole as a person.

Consider turning your passion into a business. You can make it happen. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen NOW!

Turn Your Passion into a Sustainable Business, Part 1 of 2

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Life is meant to be enjoyed! Of course, who wouldn’t want that? But then again, the reality is that we have to work (even a job that suck!) to support ourselves, more so if we have a family to care for.

We have to work to pay the mortgages, the credit cards, the bills at home, the family’s health care and the list could go on and on and on….I just hope that a family vacation, a trip to Costa Rica or some exotic place is included somewhere there.

Having said that, are you even spending quality time for your family at all? I hope ‘Hi Kids,’ is not your idea of a pep talk, and watching TV side by side while you doze off is your idea of ‘bonding ‘ time.

If it is, then perhaps you should start reassessing your life if you are truly happy and fulfilled with what’s going on, because it does looks like your missing life.

We only live once

Yes, the very reason why NOW is the time we should start living a meaningful one. So you may want to ask yourself now, what your real passions in life are. What it is that one thing you really love the most – aside from your family that is.

In the course of our life – taking care of the family, in my case devoting myself to raising the kids – we somehow lose that connection to what truly makes us happy and alive. Of course it’s a noble thing to care for your love ones, its one thing I never regret doing.

But loosing that connection to my other passion in life, which is arts, somehow derailed my paths from a happy life turning me into a frustrated, almost angry mom.

And having found my way back to what really makes me complete, does not only revive the creativity and inspirations in me, but also paved the way to creating sustainable life for my family.
You, too, can turn your passion into a business. We only live once, remember? So, start living now!

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Turn your passion into a business

The very idea of creating a sustainable business out of your true passions in life is to really make earning a living or ‘working’ a desirable experience for us.

We know that we all have to work, but if you turn your passion into a business, it will make working a meaningful one for you. Working on a business that is powered by genuine passion, can make a whole world of difference.

You are enriching your personal being while at the same time creating a sustainable life for your family. You become this positive ball of energy that rubs off to people around you. Your business will naturally attract good vibes and before you knew it you’re taking off with a business that is making life a meaningful one for you.

So what’s your passion in life?

Start asking yourself what it is that makes you feel alive the most. Do you love to dance, to paint, to bake or to advise and connect to people? Only you can determine what are you most passionate about in life. Once you figure that one out, you can then turn your passion into a business.

Try writing it down, there’s something about seeing your hopes and dreams put into words. It makes it more real, more attainable; it presents itself as a challenge or something you now have to do.

Have you notice that you tend to complete your grocery shopping when you have a list with you? Not only that it serves as a reminder but it kind of give you that compelling urge to do it or buy it since it’s on your list.

So, write it down, don’t be shy – put into words what is it that you love doing or would love to do if given the chance. This is going to be your first step towards creating a sustainable life for your family.

The work begins: turn you passion into a business

env2post4If you already know what your passions are, ask yourself why this passion is calling for you.

Answering the why in these passions will let you decide how you will integrate that into your lifestyle and eventually to how you will conduct your business. Would you like a business online, home-based, brick and mortar and others? Or what responsibility or role you would like to assume in your business?

For instance, I’m passionate about anything green – green living, green arts, green environment. And it’s basically because I want to create changes, changes in how this earth is treated. I want to affect my children positively about being responsible and compassionate of the world we’re living in. I want to help other people thrive in this world while living green and healthy and free to self-expression.

That leads me to decide on having a home-based business so that I can be with my kids more and raise them myself and have more free time for my other passions in life.

I also decided to take on the business head on, and be the main ‘man’ and assume the major responsibility running my home business.

Finding out the whys in your passion will steer you into the right path towards incorporating these hopes and dreams into your life and turn your passion into a business.

It also leads to self exploration which is oftentimes taken for granted because we’re so caught up with the less important things that we’re made to believe to be the main purpose of our existence.

More about the planning stage on my next post about turning your passion into a business.

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