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Goal Setting for Work at Home Moms

Goal Setting for Work at Home MomsBy Deb Bixler

Many women who start working from home do so because they have children and plan to supplement the family income without taking time away from the kids. The work at home moms (WAHM) who actually succeed, do so because they have established clear goals for their home-based business.

Work At Home Goal Setting

The key to achieving your work at home goals is simple. It boils down to only one question.

  • What is enough?
  • Are you scheduling enough time to accomplish your goals for your business?
  • Are you giving yourself enough time to manage your business?

It is really not about time management. It is more about commitment management!

Most people completely underestimate the time required for a project or necessary to achieve the desired results from their business. There are all kinds of projects, or activities that we underestimate all the time. (more…)

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How to Make Flexible Hours Work for You

How to Make Flexible Hours Work for YouBy Alessia Troisi

When I left my full-time job to pursue a career in writing, one of the things I was most excited about was working from home. I imagined having enough time to keep our house in perfect shape, finally catching up with the laundry, and keeping on top of all the little errands that I never seemed to be able to manage when I was working from an office. I imagined long weekends, time for exercise, more time to for myself. Needless to say, the first couple of weeks didn’t exactly go according to plan.

During the first week, I obsessed so much over housework that I hardly got any actual work done. During the second week, I worked so hard I sometimes forgot to change out of my pajamas, and during the third week I realized I hadn’t kept on top of any of the errands or the laundry.

It’s not always easy to make flexible hours work for you instead of the other way around. Here are a few tips that can really help get your work-life balance under control.

1. Keep your productive hours sacred.

You only have 24 hours in a day, just like everyone else. For me, it’s the morning. I don’t schedule appointments, meet for coffee or do anything that isn’t work in that time. In the afternoons, I’m more flexible, but I’m still extremely picky when it comes to work time. (more…)

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How to Prioritize … Today, Next Month, and Next Year

How to Prioritize ... Today, Next Month, and Next YearBy Dawn Berryman

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with a to-do list, especially if your business or home office is a one-woman-show. Knowing how to prioritize and when and where to spend your energy can make you your most productive self.

  • So, where do you begin?
  • How do you prioritize today’s seemingly never-ending to-do list?
  • How should you plan for the tasks in the coming months?

Here a few tips on how to prioritize, when you feel like everything is a priority.

Make a list.

Write down anything and everything that you can think of that needs done. Include daily items as well as things that may be far off goals. Write it all down and, then, start dividing it up. I’d recommend three lists. The first would be short-term items that need done within the week. Another should be items that have a little later deadline; say within the month. And, the third should be long-term goals.

Maintain your short-term and long-term goals.

I maintain a short-term and a longer-term list at all times. Each day, I review my short-term list and star the things that are my goal for that particular day. Which things have a strict deadline? (more…)

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Running a Property Appraisal Business – Expert Advice from Lisa Kroese

Running a Property Appraisal Business - Expert Advice from Lisa KroeseTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I’m a 42 year old mom and wife with two girls ages 4 and 1. We moved to California from the east coast. I was pregnant with my first daughter and I was planning to stay at home with her. After a cross country move to a completely new area where I had no family or friends – when the baby was about 4 months old, I really needed something else to fill my calendar.

I opened Expert Estates and had my first two estate sales booked in no time. My business plan called for holding about 1 sale per month, which I thought was optimistic since I had no contacts or connections. But in our first year we did 13 sales, and now we often have 8 weeks in a row with a sale, sometimes two sales, each weekend. I did keep Easter weekend unbooked so we could all recuperate and spend time with our families.

What did you do before launching your appraisal and estate sale and business?

One of my first jobs was a regional auction house where I learned how to appraise art and antiques. I also handled contract negotiations and learned a lot about marketing all kinds of estate inventory. I worked as a private personal property appraiser after leaving that position and got the hang of working for myself. And, of course, life takes its twists and turns and we end up doing things we didn’t even plan. (more…)

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Summer Survival Tips for Work at Home Moms

Summer Survival Tips for Work at Home MomsBy Christy Schutz

There is roughly a month left of school where we live. What that means is I’ll have a break from the stressful, activity-filled school days and a reprieve from the driving here to there at a frenzied pace. But it also means that the work at home environment will change quite a bit. There are going to be some extra souls to contend with at home and that usually means more noise, more interruptions, and eventually some frustrated feelings for both me and my children.

I truly love my children, but by the end of the summer, I can sometimes find myself frazzled and counting down the minutes until school starts. So, in an effort to skip the stress I’ve decided to plan and have a strategy in place before that last school bell rings! As a result, I’ve compiled the following tips to help myself and Work at Home Women everywhere have a productive and peaceful summer break:

Tip 1.) Take a Vacation


I know that sounds kind of silly, but, you DO need a break. Family vacations are practically an American pastime. And truly, nothing is better than building memories together as a family. You are probably thinking that you already work from home, so, how much of a break do you really need. Well, I feel strongly that all of us, yes, even we work at home women need to step away from our work and recharge. I feel so passionately about this I have even dedicated a post to it in the past … check it out. (more…)

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