We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!

15 Things Independent People Don’t Do

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share another article I wrote for Lifehack called “15 Things Independent People Don’t Do.”

I think it is really important to be independent in some aspect of your life. It is nice to know that you are in control, and you only have to rely on yourself!

Read it here :- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-things-independent-people-dont.html

What did you think? Do you think you are independent? Thank you (as always) for reading! 🙂

How To Make Sure You Work When You Work From Home

Do you ever struggle to motivate yourself to work? Working from home means you have to push yourself to start your working day, which many freelancers occasionally struggle with.

Here are four ways to help you to get motivated and working.

1. Recognize The Voice Of Resistance

Realize that a part of you is making excuses, and acknowledge it. If you have bigger projects that could advance your career, you may notice you are feeling more resistant. This is mostly nervousness and fear – and knowing this will help you to overcome it.

2. Celebrate Your Victories

Be proud of everything you accomplished yesterday! Think of how you managed to keep your career on track while making some money to pay the bills. Be proud of everything you do – even the little jobs. This will help you to move past the resistance.

3. Be Sure Of Your Vision

Work out exactly what you want from the next year of your life – then work out exactly what you want from the next ten years of your life. Having a clear goal and vision will help you to realize feeling resistant is pointless and temporary – your goals are what you REALLY want.

4. Be Prepared To Go Off Track

There will be days when you don’t get much done, and there will be days when you don’t feel like working. This is normal, and everyone feels this way sometimes – don’t feel worried when it happens, just stick the kettle on and power through – good luck! 🙂 🙂

How To Start A Successful Freelancing Career

Are you trying to break into freelancing? More and more people are becoming their own boss and setting up work from home.

No matter what kind of freelancing you want to do, here are four useful tips to help start a successful freelancing career.

1. Check Job Boards Every Day

Often freelance work is snapped up straight away, with good work offers disappearing almost immediately. Give yourself an advantage and check job boards every day – multiple times if you have the time!

2. Apply, Apply, Apply!

The bigger your net is, the more fish you are likely to catch. Break down the time you apply for jobs so you don’t become disheartened; spend half an hour every morning sending out a few applications.

Don’t pin all your hopes on one application – there are hundreds of jobs available for freelancers, so keep looking for something similar!

3. Be Flexible

You may only want to write about music, business or travel, but it is beneficial not to be picky about the work you take on to start with. Every piece of work you take on will advance your portfolio, give you a reference, or put some money in your bank account – so try to be willing to write about anything initially!

4. Respond Quickly

Respond to job leads and emails straight away; companies expect freelancers to always be on hand, and you can seem unprofessional if you don’t reply, and in a worst case scenario you could even lose the gig. Reply straight away to anyone who seems interested in your work – the interest could pass in a matter of minutes!

Can you think of any other useful tips for people who are starting their careers as freelancers? Comment your ideas below J

Spring Clean Your Job

Do you want to inject some life into your work? Working from home can often become repetitive, and you can feel like you’re stuck in a rut.

Here are three ways to give your work a spring clean.

1. Give Your Home Office A Spring Clean

If you work from home, you probably already have a home office or a set space in your house where you do your work. This space probably once inspired you and helped to get the creative juices flowing, but as time passed you stopped noticing your environment.

Get those feelings back by spring cleaning your work space. Give everything a good clean and treat yourself to something useful for your work, like a new filing tray in your favorite color. This can help you to bring back some of your work space inspiration!

2. Add Something Different To Your Day

No matter what your job is, doing the same thing over and over again can leave you feeling bored and restless. Push yourself creatively and start looking for new job opportunities. For instance, if you’re a writer, you could try blog writing, writing fiction, or starting a book. It is very likely your skills are transferable, so try your hand at something new!

3. Take A Relevant Class

Even if you love your job, you probably hope to keep advancing further in your field. If you’re feeling a little bored when you’re working, take matters into your own hands – find a class that could help you move up to the next level.

For instance, if you’re a full time blogger, consider taking a class on photography, or social media marketing. The class could prove extremely useful to your career, and you will be motivated to advance your career with a new skill under your belt!

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Debunking Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? Many people misunderstand what life is like working from home, so today I thought I would debunk a few popular myths about working from home.

Myth: People who work from home work less hours than people who work in offices.

Truth: We wish! Not having set hours can mean you really struggle to switch off from work. While it is true that we save ourselves a commute, there is still a set amount of work to do every day. If you’ve been working for nine hours and you still haven’t finished, you can’t clock out and go home. You keep working until you’ve finished – so many freelancers actually work around 50 hours a week.

Myth: People who work from home waste time surfing the internet.

Truth: Freelancers rarely get paid hourly – so whenever we take a break to surf the internet, we stop getting paid. Sometimes we check social media or some adorable pictures of cats, but mostly we work – just like people in offices do!

Myth: People who work from home rarely speak to their colleagues.

Truth: With laptops, tablets, smartphones, email and Skype, it has never been easier to get in contact with your co-workers. None of my clients or co-workers struggle to get in contact with me through these methods, and I try to always reply within the hour.

Myth: Working from home is like a holiday.

Truth: We do like to watch TV and eat snacks – once the working day is over! While freelancers do have the option to work in their PJs, they don’t have the option to not work –unless they don’t mind not getting paid. The environment is more relaxed, but the workload is the same.

Can you think of any more myths about working from home? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear them! 🙂 🙂

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Tips To Help You To Keep Your Clients Happy

One of the most important parts of a successful freelance career is to keep your clients happy. They give your job purpose and put money in the bank – so how can you keep them happy?

Check out four tips to help you to keep your clients happy.

1. Communicate With Your Client

Communicate with your client every day that you work on the project, if possible. It will reassure the client that you are putting in the time and effort as you work, and it means they can input into the project whenever they want to,

Remember you are providing a service – checking in regularly means that you will create a result that both you and your client will be happy with.

2. Don’t Over Promise

Don’t make promises to clients that you are unsure if you can keep. Don’t claim to be an expert if you are not – let your credentials do the talking. If the client is speaking to you, it is likely that they believe you have the qualities needed to complete the job.

Ideally, you will make fair and reasonable promises, but provide unique and above average results. These clients will remember you, and likely come back – but if you promise more than you can deliver, they may not be interested in your services again.

3. Remember The Client’s Needs

Every time you work on the project, re-read the client’s requests. Freelancers can occasionally get distracted with their own personal vision – one which may not suit the client. Re-check every time you work on the project and you will create something perfect for the client – rather than yourself!

4. Be Honest

During your initial conversation with a client, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Lots of freelance work is objective – you could write an article or pitch that some clients will hate and some will love.

Tell them that you can’t guarantee they will love you work, but you are going to try your best to provide something perfectly suited to the client.

Do you have any other ideas to help create great work for clients? Comment your ideas below – I always love to hear cool ideas from other bloggers! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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How To Send Efficient Emails

If you work from home, emailing is often one of the main forms of communication used. Sending vague emails or not making your point clearly can lead to confusion, and having to waste time clearing up confusion.
Here are three ways to make your emailing super-efficient.

 1. Be Specific

If you are not specific, your co-worker or client could completely misunderstand you, causing trouble later down the line for both of you. Don’t worry about seeming pedantic – the person who you are emailing will probably appreciate the clarity.

Instead of saying “Send me the files from last week”, for instance, say “Can you send me the invoice files for our new client.”

 2. Prioritize Your Emails

Emailing throughout your working day can slow you down, but some emails need responding to immediately. If you are emailing about a big project, reply straight away; you will seem focused and professional.

However not all emails are equally important. Set aside three times during your working day for solely replying to emails – before you start, before you break for lunch, and when you finish are great times.

If you simply need to confirm a meeting that is happening in a month, save it for during these times – and reply to all emails within 24 hours.

 3. Don’t Be Afraid To Use The Phone

Sometimes sending an email is not the right choice. Often we get used to sending emails, and we actively avoid using the phone.

However if you have various ideas that need discussing, emailing is often a bad choice. You can spend your whole day emailing back and forth, when you could have instead spent 15 minutes on the phone. Don’t waste your time – bite the bullet and pick up your phone!

Do you have any other advice or tips on how to send efficient emails? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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4 Ways To Avoid Job Burnout

Feeling burned out at work can reduce your productivity and happiness. If you work from home, it can also drastically affect your earnings, especially if you are your own boss.

Here are four tips to help you to avoid job burnout.

  1. Analyze Your Job Role

Sometimes work can feel like a never ending treadmill of tasks. Take a look at your job role; what are you expected to do each day? Work out what your most important task are, and if there are any that are not helpful or beneficial.

If you are setting too much work, try and get rid of one small, less important task tomorrow. See if it increases your productivity and quality of work in other areas, and if so, set one day of the week aside to complete your smaller tasks. This can help to break your working week up.

  1. Help Others

If you feel that your work is burning you out, it is likely you don’t think your work is very important. Try to assist a client or colleague every day in a small way – this will make you feel happier, and it will help you to realize your work is important and can affect others!

  1. Take Control Of Your Work

No one knows your day-to-day work better than you – could you do to pick up bigger projects? Would you prefer to focus on smaller and more personal tasks?

Adjust your working day if you don’t enjoy your work or find it fulfilling – control your day!

  1. Manage Stress

If you are stressed out every day at work, you will eventually stop enjoying your work and start feeling burned out.

Manage your stress in a way that works for you – exercise before you start work, try mediation, or tidy your home office. This can help you to avoid burnout completely.

Do you have any other tips to help avoid burnout at work? Comment your ideas below! 🙂

4 Ways To Stick To Deadlines

Do you struggle to stick to deadlines? One of the main struggles for many freelancers is juggling deadlines and completing everything on time.

Here are four tips to help you to stick to deadlines.

  1. Take Half An Hour For Ideas And Planning

When you get a new project, take half an hour to come with creative ideas for your project, and work out everything you need to do before the deadline.

This can help to you realize exactly how much work you have to do, and you can also prioritize each task. This method helps you to feel less stressed, while giving you the time you need to complete the task on time. Perfect!

  1. Learn To Negotiate

Many freelancers hate turning down any paid work, but taking on too much means you may produce poor work or miss your deadlines.

Learn to say no or negotiate. If your schedule is quite tight, ask for an extra few days before you accept the project. You may come across as unprofessional if you ask after you have accepted the project, so lay down your conditions initially. This way any work you take on will always be of a high standard, and never late.

  1. Remove All Distractions

This may seem obvious, but distractions will slow you down, and you could be pushed to meet your deadlines. Try to avoid social media, unless it is for work, and keep everything you need near you, such as glasses, water and a notebook.

A great app to help with this is StayFocusd – this app limits the amount of time you can spend on websites like Facebook and Twitter to help you to stay on track.

  1. Plan For Distractions

Try not to let problems in your life stop you from meeting deadlines. If your child falls ill or your boiler breaks, you don’t want that to stop you meeting your deadlines. Plan for failure, and factor in evening shifts and weekend shifts as a backup method. Good luck!

What did you guys think of this article? Comment your opinions and ideas below – I’m always looking for useful tips that can help me to work more efficiently!