How can you maintain a healthy balance between your work and your life when your work is done in your home? That’s a reasonable question, and I’m not going to lie, it’s difficult to find that balance. But it’s totally possible. I’ve put together some of my favorite ways to help balance your work and home life. Related Posts How to Avoid Burnout When Working From Home Have a room of your own In order to mentally separate your work from your personal life, you need to physically separate your space. It’s really hard to do that when you’re working at your kitchen table. You don’tRead More →

One of the easiest ways to make money working from home is to do some freelance writing, even if you don’t think you’re the next Hemingway. The average reading level of most internet articles is only a middle school level, so anybody can do it. Today, with all the emails, social media posts, and blog comments, you write more than you think. If you can put a sentence together, you can build on that and learn to make a little money on the side as a freelance writer. Let’s look at how you can get started.   I’ve broken down how to get started intoRead More →

There’s so much to starting a business that new entrepreneurs can get really focused on things like branding, building inventory, and planning marketing campaigns. While those are all really necessary steps to getting a business up and running, you can’t forget the blog. Sure, you can have a website, but it won’t go anywhere without an active blog attached. Every business needs a blog, and here’s five reasons why.   Blogs get you noticed in the crowd. Since people are on the internet all the time now, there’s a lot of noise. Having a blog is a way to get your brand out there whereRead More →

When I first started on Etsy, I started out totally planning out my pricing based on my costs for everything.  I went ahead and calculated like you’re supposed to, my cost x 4 for retail pricing. I thought it was really fair, but then I saw the market and the market was all over the place.  There were some people that had the same sort of pricing as me and then there were people that were so much higher– but they had thousands of sales.   I was between a rock and a hard place and I really didn’t know what to do.  Should IRead More →

Here’s the rub.  Starting anything that’s one day going to be successful is hard.  Not only that, but defining what success means to you is also hard.  For me success means growth.  It means some notion that I’m going in the right direction.  Even if it just feels right, I can count that as success because I trust my intuitions.   This blog has been around for about five months and it’s gone from 50 views a month to over 10k a month in that short period.  My last attempt at starting this very same blog a year ago flopped.  Here are some of theRead More →

Even if you never plan to quit your day job, you should have a side hustle.  You never want to put all of your eggs in one basket when it comes to income because if you work for someone else, your job is never guaranteed.  Not only that, but you’ll be able to save a little extra for vacation spending money if you get yourself a really good side gig going on. Some side jobs take a lot of investing, like starting e-commerce websites, designing items, or in some cases blogging, but there are quite a few that you can start tomorrow with virtually zeroRead More →

You know what the hardest thing about working from home is?  Taking a break.  It is so freaking difficult to shut everything off and walk away from it!  With a blog and three Etsy shops, I always have my hands full, juggling this or that.  Walking away from work is hard for me because sometimes I feel like the active working is what brings sales.  I know that’s not true, people just browse, save, and eventually buy, but I still have that silly superstition that if I don’t work one day, then it will affect my sales forever! Crazy, right? But the more I work fromRead More →

So. You’ve quit your soul-sucking job to work from home. How does it feel to be free of that old dead weight? Good, I bet. Now what? First, I definitely encourage you take a little vacation after you officially quit your job. A week. Maybe two. You need some time to decompress, to breathe. If you tell yourself that you don’t need a vacation and you can get right to work, you’re lying to yourself. It will just depress you and stress you out more, so allow yourself to take a break. It’s important. But set a time limit. But now it’s time to startRead More →

I used to think affirmations and all that visualizing what you want in life was complete poop. Until I tried it. It was on a whim and it was a few years ago. Here’s what happened. I had an etsy shop (I still have it and it is absolutely my first love), and I had been making a good $700-1000 per month on it. Really good for an etsy shop selling dog collars. But I wanted to make more. I specifically wanted to make $1000. Here’s what I did though, since it was a complete whim and I didn’t believe in the power of affirmations,Read More →

This one thing is the absolute hardest thing about working outside of the home: knowing when to quit. And of course that’s where you have to start when it comes to working at home. Most people are going to say you should only quit once you know you can make the money elsewhere, but that’s not how I feel. It’s more complex than that and it’s a personal choice that only you can figure out. However! I have compiled a list of tips for knowing when it might be time to move on– even if that’s just finding another place to work. 1. You’re goingRead More →