4 Secrets of People Who Successfully Work From Home

4 Secrets of People Who Successfully Work From Home

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Have you tried to work from home and found it … hard / confusing / not possible?

We might all dream of the “be your own boss” lifestyle, but I gotta admit – there’s a certain ease to clocking in and clocking out, and not having work problems be your problems. When you’re your own boss, trying to work from home, there’s a little more to it than that.

You can quit your job today, and wake up at home tomorrow ready to “work”. But that doesn’t mean you’ll succeed at it.

In fact, statistically, I’d have to say you’re probably likely to fail. Otherwise, why isn’t everyone doing it?! If you’re wanting to work from home but don’t know where to start or what it takes to do it successfully – determining to do these things going in will make it far easier!

(These are things that I didn’t quite have figured out the first few times I thought about working from home. They have made ALL the difference for me this time!)

The 4 secrets of people who successfully work from home

Everyone that I’ve encountered that has been able to successfully work from home has these things in common: (more…)

Bluehost vs Siteground: Why I switched hosting companies

Bluehost vs Siteground: Why I switched hosting companies

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The big blog host debate these days: Bluehost vs Siteground… what’s the best hosting company for beginner bloggers?

There was no Bluehost vs Siteground debate when I started my blog on Bluehost. And for the last year I have recommended hosting with Bluehost to my readers. And I personally have never had any real issues with Bluehost. Their customer service has been fine and my site was only down three times over the past year. (I figured that’s bound to happen now and then.) Plus they seemed to be the cheapest option out there when I started my blog.

So why on earth would I switch hosting companies?

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5 Easy Organizational Systems to Put Your Life on Auto-Pilot

5 Easy Organizational Systems to Put Your Life on Auto-Pilot

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There are seasons where you just can’t be as present in your life as you’d like to be.

I’m experiencing one of these seasons now. I’ve just had a baby. (An amazing, perfectly squishy, exhausting baby.)

There are probably some women out there who, 8 weeks postpartum, are on top of the world. They’re back at work. Their houses are spotless. They are wearing (clean) clothes. Maybe they have slept in the past week or two.

I am not these women.
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2016 Blog Expense Report

2016 Blog Expense Report

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What does it really cost to start (and run) a blog in the first year?

My blog isn’t quite a year old yet, but for tax purposes I need to figure out exactly what was spent in 2016.

(When I decided to blog, I never dreamed that what I spent would matter at tax time less than a year later. As you can imagine, there has been some going through of old mastercard bills.)

Why an expense report?

At the end of last February, I was researching how to blog on Pinterest. And I landed on this post with a little timer counting down in it. Some blogging course that was only open once per year was available now and going away in less than 24 hours. The thought hadn’t crossed my mind that I should be thinking about spending money to start this blog. I wanted to do it for free. (more…)

STOP living paycheck to paycheck: 10 Steps to Financial Freedom

STOP living paycheck to paycheck: 10 Steps to Financial Freedom

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Living paycheck to paycheck sucks

How many times have you said (or heard someone else say) – that you couldn’t buy the whatever-you-want until Friday, because Friday is payday?

I heard it twice this week, and I don’t talk to a lot of people. And it really made me think. And it made me want to write this post.

There is an epidemic of people living paycheck to paycheck. Well, I’m using the term “living” sort of loosely here. (People NEED to stop living paycheck to paycheck, because it’s not living – it’s more like surviving.)  Are you one of these people?

The good news is that if you ARE one of these people, you can stop. It just takes a little effort.

10 steps to stop living paycheck to paycheck

1) Add up allllll of your debt. Let’s get this out of the way right now. If any amount of your income is going towards debt repayment (other than a mortgage), that should become priority number one. Use your debt as a motivator if possible.

2) Identify where your money is going. Specifically, identify where “essentials” money is going and where your “extra” money is going. To know where your “essentials” money is going, add up all of your “essential” bills (rent or mortgage, power/heat/water, food, transportation, medical insurance, debt repayment etc.) To know where your “extra” money is going, spend as normal for the month, and either put all of your purchases on your debit card, or if you use cash, write it down. At the end of one month, assess where your money went for that month. (more…)