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My Tips for Having a Successful Work From Home Career

Thursday, September 12, 2019




Happy Thursday guys! Today I'm here to share things that have tremendously helped me be a full time "Work from home" mom four the past two years. Before that I would say I was a "part time" work from home mom. I had my blog and wrote for a couple of websites, but I did this as the kids were in bed. My blog wasn't what it is now. After I decided to work it full time, I knew I needed some organization and structure. And now there's a baby calling my name on the monitor. I'll resume this post shortly! 

Okay, after three hours I'm back :) and that's the beauty of working from home. Most of the days are with work and here and there. I try to do as much as I can during nap time while the others are at school but I don't always finish in those 2+ hours. Some days I have more work to do than others so during those times I'll spend nap time drafting content, brainstorming or working on social media growth. 

Wondering what all of my work task consist of? Well for starters there's the blog. If you are reading this then you already know that. Sponsored post, affiliate links are the two ways my blog is a source of income. I try to do as many or more non sponsored post as well! I want to be able to share our life updates plus any helpful info with you guys. For social channels my income comes from sponsored post as well. It varies from each campaign but a lot of sponsored work will be blog and social channels. Sometimes I just work for companies for social shares. Lastly, I work for  a few different online platforms as a contributor. I write content for those companies a couple of times a week! Those are the all of the things that make up my income as a blogger. I'm sure you have read similar post like this and already know that but I wanted to share in case you didn't. It has taken me YEARS to build up to this and learn the behind the scenes as a writer/content creator. Just know that if you have a dream to so something like this, it's totally doable! However, you need to know that it takes time and success doesn't come over night. If it's a passion of yours though, you CAN do it! 

Here are the tips I've learned that have helped me stay on track and accomplish my goals. 

1. Create a daily work schedule! Whether you have an actual planner or use an app, planning out your work day task is so important. I used to use a planner but now I use Trello. A few other options are Asana and Wrike. Plan your task out the night before and check them off when  you complete them! 

2. No distractions! I use to try to sit down and work and I would find my self picking up my phone, scrolling Instagram  or Pinterest and then I would feel overwhelmed. While you are working on a task- put your phone down and don't pick it up until you're finished. 

3. Get yourself ready each day! This sounds so ridiculous right? But ya'll I'll be honest, when the kids were home during the summer I would look up from my computer and it would be 1pm and I would still be in my pj's. Now I wake up before the kids, have my coffee and get "ready" for the day. I put on gym clothes and do my morning facial routine. After I drop the kids off at school AP and I go on our morning run. When we come home that's usually when I shower. If I have somewhere to do I'll do my whole get ready routine- hair makeup.. you get the picture. If my afternoon is going to consist of just working sometimes I just put more gym clothes on! Either way I always feel "ready". 

4. Brainstorming! I spend a good bit of time on Pinterest. Brainstorming, pinning and having a vision helps me so much. I know we use Pinterest for everything like recipes, nursery decor and quotes but using it for career inspiration is SO good! I am always looking for inspiration for blog post, outfits, different photography skills etc. Of course Instagram is great for this too, however I find myself mindlessly scrolling lol. Sticking to Pinterest is what's most helpful for me! 

5. Use helpful programs! Google drive is your BFF. Not even kidding, I keep everything on google drive. My blog drafts, list of brands to contact, list of my current collaborations and my income for the month. Before this I would search back through emails looking for deadlines and it was a hot mess. It's tricky to learn but once you get the hang of it, you will see just how much it can simplify your work life!