Wednesday, October 29, 2014

working for yourself by yourself.

Working for yourself by yourself is not all roses. There's no office parties and looking for that pay raise is a lot harder when you are your own boss! Here's a few tips I've gathered all the way that help me stay happy and healthy while being my own boss and working from home.

Talk to your family and friends about your ideas, goals or worries. They may not be part of your business but they know how much it means to you and if you ask for some advice you might get a new perspective on things. I bounce most of my ideas off my friends and family first and they've nearly always developed into better ideas with advice I got back.

Look around for inspiration. Online, in the park, while shopping. Whenever I do this, I usually begin work again more motivated with fresh ideas.

Set a routine. It doesn't have to be rigid but a routine will help you finish tasks. I have a dedicated few hours every week around midday where I try to take all the photographs for the online store. The natural light is the best at that time so it does make it easier to stick to this schedule but without that weekly routine in place, I know I would be way behind on stock photos.

Create a work space that's nicely decorated, spacious and clean. Sounds very obvious but sometimes working for yourself and from home, you don't always think you'll need a dedicated work space. You  probably do. Also, make sure you have a comfortable chair and the room is well lit.

Take a break. The extremely appealing factor that almost everyone thinks of first when you say you work for yourself, is the fact that you are your own boss and you can take a break whenever you feel like it but more often than not, you end up working late nights and weekends. Make sure to take a proper break from work every so often. You'll notice the mistakes or areas that need work less if you're head is always stuck in your work.

Enjoy it! 

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