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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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Interview with Kelly Wenzel – Founding Director with Stella & Dot and National Account Manager with Simply Hired

Interview with Kelly Wenzel - with Stella & Dot and National Account Manager with Simply HiredTell us about your work at home position with Stella & Dot.

Stella & Dot’s mission is to give women globally the means to style their own life on their own terms. With Stella & Dot, our celebrity coveted accessories brand is only sold through private trunk shows, personal shopping sessions and our ecommerce site. My week consists of booking and holding trunk shows with new and old friends, but most of my time is focused on coaching and supporting my fabulous team of 500+ women across the US, Canada, and the UK.

How were you able to bring your current position home?

After 11 years tied to a desk in the staffing world and running my Stella & Dot business along side, I realized that I was so much more efficient with my time and happier the days when I worked form home – so I left to focus 100% on my Stella & Dot Business. There is something to be said for loading the dishwasher while listening to a training call and being the one to be in carpool pick up when you choose. I wanted to be more present for my family and working from home with Stella & Dot has allowed me to structure my working day around our schedule not the other way around.

Are there any tips you would recommend to people who want to do the same thing?

My best advice is to look outside the box. Social selling companies offer many, many opportunities for a flexible income both part time and full time and even while working a corporate career and running a family these businesses can be quite the compliment. (more…)

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Interview with Elizabeth Irvine – Creative Director of The Jewelry Project

Interview with Elizabeth IrvineTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.  

I never really thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I was just a woman who wanted to pass on knowledge and creatively express myself. My son’s childhood illness pushed me to find a way to help him and learn how to deal with my own stress. That experience was my portal to digging down inside of myself and get in touch with the best part of me. Then the drive and the  motivation to do my work came forward.

What did you do before making the leap? 

Before becoming a business owner, I worked as a registered nurse in pediatrics and took care of our three small children.

What do you believe has contributed to your success? 

Slowly evolving. Over time fInding a dedicated team of people to help me. Gradually allowing things to unfold and learning to be patient with the process. Providing education plus a meaningful product has been rewarding and successful.

How are you currently growing your business?

Our team now includes my daughter Sarah. She joined us after finishing her  bachelors degree last spring. As a mother, this is a dream for me. (more…)

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Interview With Jasmine Risso – Co-Founder Simply Real Moms

Jasmine RissoTell us a little bit about your blogging journey.

My journey in blogging has been fun and definitely a learning experience. It’s so fun to look back at my posts when I had first started and seeing how much I have grown. I truly appreciate all my blogger friends and clients I have worked with that have shed some insight and helped me on this journey.

What did you do before becoming a career blogger?

Before blogging I was working full-time as an Executive Assistant while raising my boys.

How are you growing your audience?

Through social media, linking up with bigger sites like The Stir, and by having unique, original content that people want to read.

What is your number one source of blog traffic?

That is hard to say, because we generate a lot of traffic from a few places. However, if I have to say just one it would be Pinterest. Got to love that site! (more…)

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