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Interview with Abbey Fatica – Working From Home as an Isagenix Independent Associate

Abbey FaticaTell us how you got involved with Isagenix. 

Two years ago, I was introduced to Isagenix by my friend Staci. I was looking for a way to get rid of the baby weight that I was holding onto from my third child. I was not interested in the business at the time because I had a busy online business and startup that I was working on but I loved the products and the changes they had made to my body.

Fast forward a year later after another pregnancy and birth of our fourth baby. I knew we were done having kids and it was high time to start taking care of myself and feeling comfortable in my own skin. I called Staci again and told her that I was ready to get started on the products for good this time, because I knew how amazing they were and how they made me feel so great! I was also in a place career wise where I was looking for a new opportunity, so I decided to take a look at the compensation plan. It was exactly what I was looking for: something that I could do part-time but make a full time salary, work from home, and be able to interact with other moms who wanted the same thing I did. (more…)

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Tightrope Balance: Working from Home When a Family Member is Sick

Tightrope Balance: Working from Home When a Family Member is Sick  By Cathi Nelson

I have been living the sandwich generation reality this past year. My sweet, 85-year-old Dad began a cycle of declining health that concluded with his passing away this month. All of this started a year ago when every few weeks I would get a call that my Dad was back in the hospital. The hospital would stabilize him, we would get him home, and the cycle would soon begin again.

All of this took a toll on my family and business. As the work from home family member, I have the most flexibility, thus a lot of the responsibility fell to me. I was often distracted and frustrated by how little I was getting done.

Here are 4 coping strategies I learned, 2 for my business and 2 for my family.

1. Document Your Systems – This is Not What You Do, but How You Do it:

How do you get from point A to point Z and can someone follow your steps if you are unavailable. These systems can be as simple as when and how you manage your social media to managing your on-line shopping cart. You will rest easier if you have a system in place that someone can follow if you are unavailable. (more…)

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Interview with Heidi Brown – Founder of Options Away

Interview with Heidi BrownTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. 

I was born and raised in Canada. I bounced back and forth between Toronto and a northern lake house, which I am eternally thankful for. I think this lifestyle truly shaped my personality. I love cities and all things urban, but also have a constant desire to be surrounded by nature and seek adventure.

From the time I was very young I wanted to work for a large corporation, wear tailored suits, and climb up the ranks. That’s all I knew. Digital startups did not yet exist and most entrepreneurial ventures required huge initial capital. I often think about what great companies I could have built or worked for had I had the technological opportunities available today.

My entrepreneurial calling didn’t hit until I decided to have children. It was very important to me to stay at home for the first few years. Once they got to kindergarten age I was ready to launch, having researched my market and created a business plan while they slept.

What did you do before launching Options Away? 

After graduating with an Economics degree and not ready to join the academics ranks, I wrestled with the common dilemma of consulting or banking. I was not by any means an accomplished math scholar, but the world of finance appealed to my basic 20-something instincts … travel and money. (more…)

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Balancing Work and Life When Work is Your Life

Balancing Work and Life When Work is Your LifeBy Deborah Sweeney

Every working professional has been striving to find the perfect balance between work and life since the beginning of time. We need to work to sustain our lifestyles, and we need to indulge in our personal lives to have enough energy for work- it’s a tricky balance to maintain. But what about those of us that actually work from our own homes? It’s harder to draw a line between professional and personal when your “office” is mere feet from the play room that’s just begging to be picked up. If you find yourself constantly asking, “Where do I draw the line?”

Try out these four tips to separate your personal and professional lives, while maintaining a successful at-home business:

Schedule down time.

If you’re like me, you could go, go, go from sunrise to sundown without so much as taking five minutes to read the paper or enjoy a meal sitting down (so seems to be the case with most entrepreneurs). Though, I have found that if I keep up this schedule, within two weeks or so I’ll feel as if I’ve hit a brick wall. I become exhausted and scattered with little warning. (more…)

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How to Steer Clear of Work at Home Interruptions

How to Steer Clear of Work at Home Interruptions By Anneke Steenkamp

As a woman that is already working from home, you will know that we are all different. Apart from working in home offices worlds apart, having different freelance clients, and different sized families; we also work optimally in different ways.

Some writers might need dead silence in order to focus, while others need to type to the beat of their favorite song in order to be productive. In this sense, I’m a bit of both. But no matter your preferences, we all do have something in common, and that’s that freelancing is basically synonymous with interruptions.

Those of you with children at home will know this all too well. One moment you are in the zone designing the most beautiful business card for a client, and the next your 3 year-old pulls the table cloth from under you to have your coffee spill all over your brand new Mac.

Life is unpredictable, but we have the power to create order. Let us look at a few ways in which we can establish truly productive hours at work (home).

Block What Bothers You:

One of my biggest downfalls is most definitely my addiction to Instagram and Facebook. To scroll down the feed is not even a conscious decision anymore – every few minutes I just find my fingers scrolling down the news feed and frantically liking what is being produced by the rest of the world. (more…)

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