Archive for Work at Home Wisdom
As a work-at-home professional, you will face a different set of challenges and blessings in your job. There are many tips available as you progress with working from home, but some are especially important to keep in mind. These include the following points.
DO designate a specific time to work. Assuming that work will just happen because you are always home is a dangerous assumption. Instead, schedule yourself specific times to work and stick to those hours. This will also help you keep your work and home lives separate, according to Businessinsider.com.
DON’T mix your work and home areas. While working at home can make it seem easy to mesh the two, it is actually quite important to keep them separate. Entrepeneur.com states that this allows you to escape work at the end of the day and will help you preserve time and space for family.
DO take breaks. Of course, keeping these breaks to a moderate length is important. However, Businessinsider.com states that breaks in which you eat or exercise will help you focus better and ultimately get more done. In fact, Agmrc.org suggests that you spend 5-15 minute breaks doing something you enjoy that relaxes you. But stick to the time-limit on these breaks or they can eat away at your day. Read More→
Any mother can tell you how exhausting juggling family, home, and a 9 to 5 job. When spending too much time in an office job, your family life suffers. This is because you tend to miss out on the memories and your children growing up. In addition, some jobs require a lot from you in terms of long hours, out of town trips, and sometimes working on weekends and holidays. It is for this reason that a growing number of parents are all for working from home.
It is usually a terrifying experience leaving a solid source of income into a world of the unknown but you must look at it as a chance for growth and being your own boss. In fact, working from home trains you on time management. The great thing is that you now have the ability to juggle family life, errands, and your home office in a flexible manner. Working from home can have its disadvantages because you may be distracted by the kids when they cry or when company unexpectedly stops by. The trick to handling this is to train the kids to keep away from your home workspace within set hours and informing family and friends of days you can avail yourself socially.
The key to success in working from home is balancing work and home. It is not always easy but with time, you can definitely handle and enjoy both. One of the things you can do is to create a timetable for each day and how you intend to have family time, do your chores and errands and when to buckle down and get some work done. If you are doing work that excites you and requires flexible time to handle it, then it means you will have more time for other things in the home and about town. Read More→
Once you have established your at-home business the next step you will want to take is to lose all the clients you have so carefully gained. Luckily, this can be done by following five simple steps. Indeed, losing your clients is far easier than gaining them in the first place! By following these tips, your clients will soon desert you.
- Do not communicate. If you do, make sure it is in your preferred method. On a more serious note, we can safely assume that you actually want to keep your clients. Therefore, it is of top importance to maintain regular communication with your clients. Keep them in the loop with what is going on, and reply as soon as possible to their inquiries. Return phone calls and texts in good time. Do not be afraid to schedule face-to-face meetings, especially with local clients. Let the client dictate the best method of communication – if they prefer email, do that. Phone calls? Then let it be phone calls.
- Be impersonal. Treat your clients like a job, not a human. Read More→
I got my start in the Virtual Assistant (VA) world through the freelance marketplace, Elance.com. After months of research and weeks of setting my systems in place, I was ready to set up shop as a freelancer working from home. That was over eight years ago and I’ve never looked back. Sure, there have been a few baubles along the way, but I’ve learned from them all. What an adventure I’ve had in the VA world.
For many years Elance has been the internet’s largest website where freelancers and contractors united. We’re talking virtual assistants, web designers, graphic artists, writers, photographers, event planners, data miners and more! The beauty of Elance was that one didn’t have to be an expert to post a job on Elance and hire a designer for a new logo design. Read More→
Marketing your online business is a big part of helping it grow. However, why constrict yourself to advertising online when the options offline are so full of potential? Advertising offline can be expensive, but it can also bring your online business a lot more publicity. There are many ways to get your business out there.
One way to reach out and advertise your business is with mailings. Sending out mailings to your current customers can help them remember you when they need your services or products. In addition, if you send something like a magnet for them to put on the fridge, others may see it and inquire. It can benefit you greatly and give you easy advertising.
A second way to market more is to print business cards. These can be printed for fairly cheap on websites such as VistaPrint.com or OfficeDepot.com. If you carry your business cards everywhere you go, you will be able to distribute them anytime that you are asked about your job. A small business card is inconspicuous but can make a major difference. Read More→
If you are considering working at home, one of the jobs you are most likely to think about taking is that of a virtual assistant. In general, the work is fairly simple and pays quite well. But as you prepare to pursue this course of action, you will probably want to know what a virtual assistant does, in addition to how to find one of these jobs without getting scammed.
There are many jobs that a virtual assistant can do, and most of them are simply to make the lives of their employers simpler and care free. Being a virtual assistant may include things such as bookkeeping or managing social media accounts for businesses. Entrepreneur.com states that a virtual assistant may also help with keeping databases up to date, doing online research to help keep products popular, or managing email accounts.
So now that you have a basic understanding of the jobs of a virtual assistant, how do you go about getting one of these jobs? Many people look for virtual assistant jobs on websites. These may include places like Elance.com, Guru.com, or Odesk.com. Other websites that may also be worth checking into include Craigslist.org or Freelancer.com. However, these are slightly riskier and Deskdemon.com states that when the author of the article “5 Ways of How to Find a Virtual Assistant Job” started out, she was scammed on both of those sites. Read More→