Entrepreneurship

  • Three Things They Don’t Tell You About Working From Home

    Working from home is the dream. At least it was my dream. Still is! And while I absolutely love running my business from the comfort of my home, there are a few small things I wish I’d know before I started this journey. Unfortunately, I never heard anyone talk about these three things:

    Chores are… harder

    Stay with me for just a moment. You’re probably thinking, “How could chores be harder? You’re at home more!” That’s exactly it. Since I do work from home most of the time, I don’t have a clear delineation between my “home” life and my “work” life.

    When I worked a full-time job, as soon as I came home I’d cook dinner and do chores. After all that, I would start working on my business in the evenings. There was a natural, easy structure to my life. Now, I have to make a concerted effort to set aside time for housework. There’s the constant lure of my home office. Just one more email. Just one more blog post. You get the picture.

    When you start working from home, it’s important to build a framework for your day. If not, it’s incredibly easy to get sucked down the “work” rabbit hole.

    Weight gain is… easy

    It literally never crossed my mind that I would gain weight when I left my day job. But here I am, about 10 pounds heavier than I was two years ago (when I left behind the 8 to 5). I mean, the kitchen is literally right there. All the delicious food I could want is at my fingertips.

    I recently put a treadmill in my office space so I would get up and move around. For months, I would chain myself to my desk and rarely get up. I just wasn’t as active as I used to be.

    Some days are… lonely

    I’m the farthest thing from the “lonely” type. I actually love alone time. However, there are days I find myself craving socialization. It’s easy to take those little interactions with co-workers for granted!

    Of course, I have meetings with clients and my team, coffee with friends, church, etc. I do get out of the house a lot! However, there are still those days when the house feels too quiet.

    Your journey

    If you’re starting your “work-from-home” journey soon– congratulations! It’s a fun, exciting, challenging adventure.

    I’m so glad you read this post, because now you can have a plan in place to combat overwork, weight gain, and loneliness. It’s all about finding a rhythm or system that works for you!

     

  • Three Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

    In the incredible journey that is entrepreneurship, we all need a little boost from time to time. Being your own boss is amazing. It can also drain your energy reserves pretty quickly if you don’t have any fresh inspiration to draw from. That’s why I LOVE reading business books. I’ve read over 20 in the past few months, and it has been so refreshing! Of all the books I’ve been reading, there are three that I think (almost) any entrepreneur could benefit from.

    Essentialism by Greg McKeown

    The subtitle to Essentialism says it all– “The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” As an entrepreneur/maker/small business owner/creative (whatever category you fall into) it’s easy to get pulled in about a thousand different directions at once. There is literally always something you could be doing. What Greg McKeown discusses is whether or not you should be doing all those things.

    It’s a simple idea perfectly and succinctly summed up by this,

    “Essentialism is… a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter. “

    Imagine being free of minutiae and delving deeper into meaningful projects + pursuits. It would be wonderful, right?!? Chapter after chapter, McKeown takes you through mindset shifts I truly believe most of us need.

    Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller

    If you’re a marketing guru, you can skip this one. For the rest of us, Building a Storybrand has some great insight on how to clarify our messaging so customers will listen. The short answer? Storytelling.

    Miller walks readers through the seven universal storytelling points we, as humans, respond to and how to use those elements to create effective messages for our websites/social media/marketing collateral.

    As one would expect from a storytelling book, the ideas are very clearly expressed and easy to follow. Take your time to work through this one though! It’s such an easy read, it would be tempting to breeze right through things, but I highly recommend giving yourself plenty of brainstorming and implementation time.

    Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

    I loved this one so much, I wrote an entire blog post about it. To boil things down for you, the guiding thought behind the social media book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is that you should serve your audience (actually serve, serve, serve) before asking anything from them. Entertain them, help them, educate them, be social, because it is social media after all.

    In this book, Vaynerchuk explores what makes a great social media post and how to set your brand apart. If social media or branding is something you struggle with, this one is a game changer.