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8 Things I Learned About Myself Working From Home

I’ve waxed lyrical elsewhere on The Balance Hub about how much I love working from home.

As a family man with two young children I feel I am getting the best of all worlds with this lifestyle. I earn a good living working online and I am able to spend quality time with my family.

I really couldn’t ask for more than that.

However, taking a more reflective approach as to what it is like to work this way, I thought I would come up with 8 things I have learned about myself since taking the leap.

Maybe some of these will inspire you. Maybe even bore you, (I hope this doesn’t come across as too self absorbed); either way, this is what rings true to me…

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FINDING THE TIME! How to Start a Business When you Work a 9-5!

You’re knackered. It’s been a long day at the office and the boss was more pissed off than normal.

Let’s not even talk about the commute home.

All you want to do is spend a little time with your kids before they are wrapped up in their PJ’s and huddled off to bed.

But. And this is a big but; you are trying to start an online business and you really need to put the time in.

It feels impossible. There’s just not enough hours in the day.

Which is basically true, we could all do with more hours.

However, somehow you do have to find the time.

And I’m going to show you how.

These 5 steps will help you build your new online business alongside that exhausting 9-5.

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10 of the Weirdest Ways to Make Money Online (Virtual Vampire anyone?)

I’ve decided to lighten up for this article.

There’s no strict action plan to help you be more productive or start an online business.

We’re just going to sit back, relax and balk at the wonderful strangeness of the web and the kind of job opportunities it offers should you be inclined to dig deep enough.

Although, by the end of this top 10 list you might find yourself convinced to give some of them a go.

Who wouldn’t want to get paid to sleep? Or become a virtual, pole-dancing vampire.

I know I’m tempted.

Brace yourself for 10 of the weirdest ways to make extra money online in 2018.

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How to Convince Your Boss You Should Work Remotely – A Complete Guide

Working from home changed my life.

I have been able to spend so much more time with my children because I made the change. These are years that I will treasure for ever.

That’s why I want the same for you.

And if you are in a job where it seems unrealistic to even consider the idea of working from home, I want you to think again.

There are a lot of people who successfully alter their work arrangement so that telecommuting becomes a reality.

All without leaving their current job!

In this article I am going to lay out the exact steps so you can do it too.

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How the Smart Dad Works Less and Gets More Done

Are you one of those people that find it easy to get things done?

High productivity comes second nature to you, the weekend is yours to enjoy with your family and the idea of a 60hr working week is quite frankly ludicrous.

If so, kudos to you. However, you are a rare breed.

As most work from home dads can testify, productivity is a constant battle. Getting things done is directly correlated to the amount of hours you put in.

Or so you would believe.

In fact that view is the wrong way around. And those boffins at Stanford have the data to back it up.

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How to Nail Productivity as a Work From Home Dad? 21 Essential Tips

Working from home is a fantastic.

Whether you are a corporate professional able to work remotely on a regular basis, or a home office entrepreneur running your own business, avoiding the commute and having the luxury of stumbling from your morning coffee to your work zone in your pajamas is something to be envied….

Or so it seems to those that don’t do it.

As all work from home dads come to understand, if you don’t have the right mixture of self discipline and support of your family, you can kiss your levels of productivity goodbye.

Working from home is a potential minefield of distractions and life errands designed to trip you up and drag you away from what you should be doing at every single turn.

From your own unfathomable urge to rearrange your man drawer, to your wife asking if you wouldn’t mind looking after the little one for half an hour, if you are unable to create a robust level of structure for your working day, things will turn south pretty damn quick.

But…. It is not all doom and gloom.

I love working from home and it is very possible to achieve the best work life balance once you get used to the juggle and the fact the onus is on you.

I’ve been doing it now for several years and there is one thing I can say resolutely – I would never go back to the office 9 to 5.

The freedom to work from home really is life changing. You just have to do it right.

It’s taken some trial and error, but I’ve learned a lot about stay at home levels of productivity and the best practices to follow in order to stay on top.

If you want to succeed as a work at home dad, this is what you have to do.

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10 Important Steps Before You Ditch Your Job & Go It Alone

Whether you’ve started an Ebay store, a photography business or gaining work as a consultant in your field of expertise, it is common for entrepreneurs to begin their business as a side-hustle.

However, frustratingly, the full time job eats up most of your day. You would much rather spend more time working on your baby enterprise.

Naturally, you will be tempted to stack the eggs in the one basket as soon as the side-gig shows signs of working.

The important thing here is patience and preparation. Especially with a family in tow.

When the enviable (if not immensely nerve-wracking) time comes for you to ditch the day job to concentrate wholly on the business, there are some steps you need to take first.

If you don’t plan the leap properly, you could find yourself sheepishly asking your old boss for your job back. And nobody wants that.

Here’s the steps you should take to make the transition as successful as possible:

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20 Home Based Side Hustles That Can Actually Support a Family

To write this article I took myself back to the beginning. What was going through my head when I first decided to work from home?

How did I make the change from a career as a contract lawyer, to a guy that could work in his pajamas?

And while I talk about the reasons I made the leap here, (the short version is I was sliding into depression as a result of my day job), there was one fundamental issue I had to be sure of before I quit my job.

I needed to make enough money to support my family.

We all have different versions of what that means. You could have savings (we didn’t), you could be mortgage free (we weren’t) or you could have an alternative form of household income to bridge the gap.

Unfortunately we had none of these.

To wave the mid-digit to my boss, I had to find a way of making money.

When you have a family there is no other choice. This is where the potentially lucrative side hustle steps in.

Before I was comfortable enough to hand in my notice, I had to find a money making venture I could start alongside my full-time job.

I then needed to build that side hustle into a business that would support my family over the long term.

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Work From Anywhere: The Insider’s Guide to Finding the Best Remote Jobs

For those keen to start working from home for a better work life balance, and ultimately to see more of their kids, one of the toughest obstacles is the search for legitimate work from home (WFH) opportunities.

In fact, anyone with even a passing interest in the remote working lifestyle will have at one time googled ‘work from home jobs’.

The result?

A litany of spammy looking websites offering ‘$500 a day just for using Facebook’.

When I hook up with friends currently churning the rat-race, one subject that always comes up is how they can work from home?

For everyone of one them the idea seems so unattainable, (my life is almost exotic as a result), because they have no clue where to start looking.

If you do not want to set up your own business or enter the world of the online gig, where are those stable, high quality remote positions that you would be happy to bet your family’s livelihood on?

With scams left, right and center (a good rule of thumb, if it seems too good to be true, then it most probably is) and ‘real’ job placements with pay far from sustainable in the western world, it is no wonder so many people stick to the grind of the office 9 to 5.

Well I have some great news for you.

There are quality, well paid work from home job listings out there.

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I Tried the Morning Routines of 7 Highly Successful People: Here’s What Happened

I have my morning routine nailed down. If you’re interested I talk about it here.

Monday to Friday the steps that I take before I hit the laptop, help prime me for a day of knuckle-down productivity.

However, I came about this routine naturally. And this got me thinking.

What would happen if I researched and followed the morning routine of some highly successful people?

These guys know what they are doing? If I followed them, would some of that success rub off on me?

It was a concept worth pursuing.

Finding the necessary details took no time at all. There’s blog posts all over the net discussing what rich, famous and nauseatingly highly driven individuals do after jumping out of bed.

But as we will see, finding out what they did may have been easy, replicating those routines was a different story.

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