Creating a good work-life balance can be tricky and sometimes difficult to iron out. This can especially be the case in your online business and you might wonder if other online entrepreneurs are doing it better. However, it’s okay to embrace a work from home schedule that works for you, even if it’s not traditional.
Implementing a work schedule is really different for everyone, so you should experiment with some different things to figure out what is gonna work best for you.
Your work from home schedule and work hours can mean a great deal when it comes to the way you live your life.
It dictates how much time you’re spending on your online business and how much time you are spending with your family and friends and on other things you need to do in your personal life.
In the offline job world, employees typically work jobs from 9am to 5pm, which eats up your whole day.
You have to wake up early, hurry up and get ready.
You might try to fit in some exercise first because you know you probably won’t feel like it after work or even have the time.
Of course, if you have kids or other people to take care of… add in having to help them get up and get ready.
You have to take care of your pets.
You have to make breakfast for yourself and everyone else and hurry up and eat it, wash dishes, etc.
You have to make lunches for yourself and everyone else.
The list of things you have to fit in before you leave for work seems endless.
Then, you still have your commute to work, usually during rush hour traffic and it’s no wonder you’re already stressed out before you have to deal with the stress at work.
There is the commute back home and everything else you need to do before it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again the next day.
It’s really difficult to have any type of work-life balance when you are an employee.
This is one reason they call it the rat race.
So, wouldn’t it stand to reason that your work at home schedule will be so much easier, even a no-brainer?
Well, yes and no.
Yes, because the biggest things you’ve eliminated are the commute and having to work on a schedule that someone else has assigned you.
No, because many of the other examples just described will still need to be done.
You just have to figure out where the lines between working on your online business and doing all those other things are drawn.
You get to call the shots on that, but juggling it all will still be a challenge regardless.
So, what type of work from home schedule should you embrace?
Obviously, this is not a one size fits all type of thing.
What works for some people doesn’t work at all for other people.
Let’s say you are not a morning person…
Instead, start your work day later and work on your online business when you are more alert and ready to go.
Use the morning hours to do the things that you used to rush to have to do before being at a job and then start working right after lunch.
You’ll probably more easily be able to fit in everything and more, while still giving yourself a chance to wake up and relax a little too.
You can go for as long as you’d like, as well, if that’s how the scheduling works out best for you.
Maybe a 3pm start time works better for you, especially if you are more of a night person.
You can work in smaller time blocks too, instead of thinking you need to work a traditional 8 hour shift, with a lunch break in the middle.
It can be hard to focus on your online business for four hours straight at a time with just one break.
Instead, you could break it up into multiple two hour segments, or even just work for two hours a day, depending on what you do and how far along you are in your online business.
Some work tasks aren’t based on hours anyway, but rather the work that gets done.
Changing up the days you work on is another good way to break up the traditional schedule.
Instead of working all week and having weekends off, add an extra free day in the middle of the week or spread your free days out evenly.
Experiment with different time frames to find what works best for you.
You might find that you perform better on different tasks at different times of day, as well.
You could be more creative in the morning, but more task focused at night or vice versa.
You can also change the times you work to fit the needs of your personal life more.
If you want to spend more afternoons exercising work or going to the park, you can do that by simply leaving that time slot reserved for personal things.
You can work around everything you need to do for yourself, your kids, other family members and pets.
With enough time, you’ll find the right work from home schedule that best suits your needs.
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My Online Journey
You don’t know me.
I’m not some flashy internet marketing “guru” with my name and face all over the internet.
I’m just an ordinary person that had to figure out a way to make money online when I lost my job in 2008, due to health issues.
In the offline world, I gained several years experience in Customer Service, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and various other clerical type positions.
Much of it was drudgery, especially working in call centers.
I was good at my various jobs, but I did not enjoy being hostage to a cubicle and headset..lol 🙂
But, you do what soul sucking jobs you have to do, in order to make money to pay the bills.
As a free spirit, I always had the deep desire to break free from the cubicle-zombie-robot rat race world and have full control over my time, income and life, without having to have permission from a boss.
I was tired of being just another “number” that was expendable, no matter how dependable I was or how hard I worked (just to help build someone else’s wealth and make their dreams come true).
I wanted to create MY freedom…not just build it for someone else.
Unexpectedly in 2008, severe neck issues forced me out of the 9 to 5 corporate world rat race (before I was actually ready financially, which really sucked a lot and was pretty scary).
My neck issues got worse after years of being trapped at a computer, with little to no permission to get up and move around and stretch.
This is not good when you are suffering from old car accident injuries.
This was especially the case in call center jobs with low cubicle walls. They didn’t want you standing up, due to the noise while on calls.
And although losing my job and the paycheck was a less than pleasant experience, my goal was to be an online entrepreneur anyway.
But, I was forced to make it happen at that point…which was not ideal.
Wasted Time Dabbling
It’s better to have a 2nd income already coming in regularly before losing your main source of income, but I had no control over what happened.
I had already been “dabbling” in internet marketing, on the side, since 2004…basically wasting time.
I treated it as a hobby, instead of an online business.
I actually made a little bit of money with affiliate commissions and some advertising revenue, but it was nothing to write home about because I did not build it up.
If I had realized that my health was going to go sideways so badly in 2008, then I would’ve taken my online business “side gig” much more seriously.
I would’ve hustled, even while still working a full-time job, because 4 years would’ve been more than enough time to have built that online business into a full-time income.
Just an extra 1 hour per day consistently over that 4 year period…would have made all the difference.
So, after I lost my job in 2008, I was in a real bind for more than one reason.
I needed to get serious and stop dabbling and start hustling to make money online, but it takes time to build an online business that brings in consistent income.
I was out of time. My household went from two incomes to one and I needed to get moving.
The problem was my severe neck issues and the accompanying dizziness from nerve damage in my C1 Vertebrae, the Atlas.
So, this meant that I couldn’t exactly hustle like I needed to because being on a computer for hours each day at home is no different than doing it at a job.
I was no longer able to do this, if I wanted to not end up completely disabled or bed-ridden.
The years 2008-2011 were extremely tough in trying to heal, but with proper therapy, the worst of it got better, but it’s not 100%.
Even now in 2022, I still can only be on a computer so much each day, without causing flare-ups.
So again, if I had taken it all more seriously, then I wouldn’t have ended up with so many financial worries, when I lost my job.
I would’ve had something more substantial to fall back on during times that were difficult money-wise and health-wise.
Then, add in beating my head against the wall, jumping from one “program” to another and basically flushing more time and money down the toilet.
Losing my job made me act in desperation because I wanted to make something happen right now.
So, I ended up doing what a lot of people do, which is looking for a shortcut and something “quick” or “push button”…which is not realistic because it doesn’t really exist.
Then in 2012, I joined Wealthy Affiliate because it had the tools and resources I needed all in one place, to help me build an online business.
Fast forward to 2020, I joined The Home Business Academy to add even more great tools and resources to my online business arsenal.
I now use both of these resources to build my online business.
I talk more about this over on my Recommended Resources page listed under Resources #1 and #2.
I enjoy making money online because I can work from anywhere and on my own schedule, while still being able to take care of my health.
You Can Do It Too
So, why do I tell you all of this?
I share all of this with you, so you’ll know it’s possible to make money online and have total freedom from the 9-5 grind.
It takes time to build an online business, but it’s worth it to build either a side-income to supplement your full-time job or replace your job.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation to me or you simply want to get ahead of things and plan for the future, your goal going forward should be to not waste any more time.
Whether you love your job or hate your job, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B to supplement your income or replace your income.
You never know what can happen with your job or even with your health.
Don’t waste time, like I did.
Just get started and keep going.
Do not dabble.
Take action now.
And most importantly, believe in yourself.
You can do it!
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