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Working from home has many advantages but has it’s disadvantages, as well. The most obvious challenge is that you are in the comfort of your own home and it is easy to be deceived by motions of working. You can assume a laid back approach while working and achieve less than you normally would when having to produce work at the office. The vital force that should drive you to work consistently, even when you are at home, is the delivery of quality work expected from you from your customers and potential customers. Set the bar high.

The next challenge is finding a balance between work at home and the home life. Most importantly, you need to be able to separate the two. Below are some tips to get yourself motivated and become more successful with your work at home.

Discipline Yourself

When at home, there are several responsibilities to maintain. Juggling those responsibilities is more difficult with the addition of work priorities. With several things to attend to, it is easy to compromise your work and place that on the last rung of priorities. Try to create a boundary of when you need to work and when you must cater to all the other tasks at home. The key is balance. Work when you need to work and do other things when it is time for that. That may most times require some scheduling. No it’s not a stone set schedule but perhaps an general routine like Mondays, Wednesday and Friday you work three hours in the AM. It may be 5-8 or 9-11. It also may be an hour then a half hour break then another hour and so on. It matters little what the routine is and how rigid or flexible it is but whether it is followed consistently.

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dickens-booksI read an interesting blog post by Annie Holmquist this morning. Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

It supports my mission in rescuing the out of print literature and reselling these classic tomes. If you don’t have a mission behind your business and it’s to “become rich” you are making a tool (money) the goal rather than a project or tangible asset. No one makes ownership of a hammer and nail a goal rather they want a house. Money is a tool. Set your sight on something bigger.

I homeschooled for seventeen years. My homeschooling philosophy supported teaching the child to aspire to a high level of education through excellent and character laden literature. I was and still am not about to cater to the “grade level” mentality or supposed inability to comprehend good sound literature because it is difficult. Charlotte Mason was an early proponent of children’s education during the 19th century. Based on her ideas, many have devised a philosophy of homeschoolng which adopts the absence of meaningless facts and time filler activities in a child’s curriculum. She coined the word “twaddle”. Twaddle means absence of meaning, dumbed down literature

As I explored my options in teaching my children I realized if I could invoke a love of learning and a curiosity to learn more in any given subject then they are set up for educational success. This idea was more lofty than I realized [click to continue…]

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My Favorite Resource – Manual Library

Favorite Resource of the Month: Today I discovered through Julia Wilkinson’s Yard Salers Facebook group this great resource! Thanks, Julia and Jeff! You know the drill…. Wife: It’s not working. What do the directions say? Husband: Let me see if I can get it to work. Wife (three hours later): Did you read the manual? Husband: […]

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The Art of the Upsell on eBay

Do you want Fries with That? The Art of the Upsell. We’ve all heard it before. You’re hungry and you pop into Mickey D’s for a hamburger. You get to the front of the line and place your order for a Big Mac and a chocolate shake. The cashier asks, “Do you want fries with […]

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The Long Tail Book Review

A review by Julie Anna Schultz The Long Tail; Why the Future of Business is Selling Less for More by Chris Anderson Chris Anderson is the editor in chief for Wired magazine. Here is the original article in Wired magazine which later became the basis of his book. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/tail.html This book has been sitting on my […]

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