Is your home life constantly invading your work life? If the answer is Yes, then that’s not at all uncommon. Working from home on an online business can be a real juggling act.
There are even more distractions than when you work at an office somewhere else.
When you work for an employer, there are tons of work related distractions of course but you don’t have to worry about distractions from home.
This is because you have no choice but to keep your home life separate, if you want to keep your job.
Get too many phone calls or leave work early or come in late due to personal issues and see how fast you are disciplined or unemployed altogether.
You don’t have to worry about those things when you work for yourself from home.
But, that doesn’t mean that you won’t drive your own self crazy trying to manage your work-life balance.
Some would still say just rent a small office space so that you can separate your online business, but not every online entrepreneur has the financial means or even the desire to rent an office space outside of their home.
For most, working from home is part of the perk of being their own boss.
Why would you want to spend money to commute and rent an office space when one of the biggest reasons people want to work for themselves is to avoid those very things.
So, working at home can be a wonderful situation…when it works as it’s intended to.
However, what many people discover is that the two worlds collide A LOT and seep into one another’s space.
This makes it hard to enjoy down time when you are off work and making it hard to focus when you are supposed to be working.
I know how hard it is to keep everything separate because it takes real focus and discipline to do so every day.
If you are a work at home entrepreneur, it’s important for you to differentiate between the two worlds so that you can maximize your efforts for both.
One of the things that often frustrates solo entrepreneurs is that they will be trying to work on their business and suffer constant interruptions by their family or even their friends and neighbors.
It might be a spouse who likes to chit chat all day, or rambunctious children who are loud or frequently needing your attention.
This would include pets.
Instead of staying frustrated about this kind of situation, you have to set boundaries and make preparations for times when you need to focus and others are occupying the same space as you.
For example, you might need to carve out a small space within your home that is dedicated to work where people can be told not to disturb you, unless it’s an emergency.
There’s a way to say this so that it is firm, yet loving.
You don’t have to be rude and abrasive when you shut people out.
With children, if they are old enough to understand and take care of themselves, it’s perfectly acceptable to have a discussion with them about the importance of giving you time to focus when you need it.
However, some people work from home so that they can raise their little ones.
They don’t always understand the need for peace and quiet during work.
Therefore, you may need to make different arrangements for the situation.
That might mean bringing in a babysitter to watch your kids in your own home while you are there.
This is of course costly and again defeats the point of being able to stay at home and avoid daycare costs.
It might mean that you work different hours, such as when the kids are down for their nap or asleep for the night.
This can work well, especially if you’re already a night owl.
Nothing says you have to work in the morning or work 9-5.
You can choose any time block you want.
I tend to do a lot of work on my online business between the hours of 6pm and 1am.
This works for the night owl in me and the rest of the household is quieter at that time, especially after 10pm.
It’s not always those who live in your home who interrupt you, either.
Sometimes, it’s friends and other family members or even neighbors who call or pop in because they don’t understand that working from home still means working, so boundaries have to be set for them, too.
They assume that because you are at home, that you’re always available and have nothing better to do.
Some people might even have the opinion that you don’t work and have no “job”.
Like somehow working on an online business does not count as work.
Sometimes, even members of your own household will have this opinion.
This can be pretty insulting actually and can make distractions from those individuals even more aggravating, as time goes on.
So, it’s best to set your boundaries from the beginning, regardless of their opinion of whether they think you really work or not.
And then there’s a situation where you are your own worst enemy and your own worst distraction of all.
This means that you are allowing your home life to invade your work time with distractions that are self-created.
You might be sitting there working on a project, but get distracted by some clutter that needs to be cleaned up around the house.
This is totally within your control.
You can choose to continue focusing on your project and schedule a separate time block in your day to clean up clutter.
Again, this is something that wouldn’t affect someone working outside of the home.
They would simply have no choice but to deal with it when they returned home after a full day of work.
Sometimes, you might be allowing these distractions in your home as a way to procrastinate from your work duties.
This can actually go both ways.
You might become a workaholic on your online business and procrastinate the things that need done around the house.
Try to take note of what is blurring between the two worlds.
Try to find a way to separate them so that you can enjoy your time at home, yet take advantage of the entrepreneurial opportunities you have chosen to pursue.
You are the boss and have the power to decide and implement how you want things to go, so that you can enjoy both worlds.
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My Online Journey
You don’t know me. I’m not some flashy internet marketer with my name and face all over the internet.
Nope. I’m actually way too introverted for that 🙂
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 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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