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Today I’m back with part two of my work-at-home tips series. Missed part one? Catch up here!
As I mentioned in part one, I’m a big believer in helping people help themselves. This quote sums it up nicely.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
— Chinese proverb
My hope is that the below tips will empower you to take control of your life by seeking out solutions to your problems rather than relying on/waiting for help from other people.
You’ve got it in you to be your own hero. Your brain is not at capacity! You can learn new skills, set goals, take action, and analyze what’s working and what’s not. Asking for help when you really need it is great, but waiting for help will hold you back.
You’ve got this!
Keep reading to get 16 more work-at-home tips that will blow your mind.
Tip #16: Reverse Engineer your Five-Year Plan
I have a question for you: where do you see yourself in five years?
Have you ever thought about that? See if you can visualize it… I’ll wait here for you!
So you visualized where you would like to see yourself five years from now. So you visualized where you would like to see yourself five years from now. Don’t just stop there. How are you going to make that visualization a reality?
You want to reverse engineer that vision. You want to look at all of the milestones of that journey and work your way backward.
Break down each individual year into quarters and then months. Decide what actions you’re going to take each month and quarter to get where you want to be by the end of Year 5.
I know it sounds simple. That’s because it is. 😂
You break down your vision and create an ACTION plan for yourself.
Then you DO IT! ✔
Of course, things come up along the way. Life sometimes throws you curveballs. This is reality. But you adjust, you adapt, and you keep going in whatever way you can.
It’s constant. It doesn’t stop.
But the truth is, most of us never do this.
Ask yourself, why are you here with me reading this blog post? 🤔
Some of you won’t do it because it’s uncomfortable. And generally speaking, people do not like to be uncomfortable. But I can tell you now, EVERYTHING that is worthwhile in life takes time, focus, dedication, and commitment.
You only fail when you don’t take action.
So are you going to let life just pass you by? Or are you going to do something about it, get organized, and work EVERY DAY towards the life YOU CHOOSE?
Are going to
✔ get detailed
✔ commit to YOURSELF
✔ take ACTION, and reverse engineer your five-year plan?
Yes! You’ve got this! No one said it would be easy. They just said it would be worth it! 😍
Tip #17: Think about the last time you laughed
When was the last time you laughed? Do you remember?
I ask you this question because this is where I want you to be: in a place where you can feel relaxed enough to enjoy life and laugh with your whole body, stress-free with the lifestyle YOU choose.
But before we get to that place and stay there for good, we need to put in the work.
And we have to want it for ourselves.
Are you ready to do that? Do you want it enough?
A little consistency each day moves us to where we want to be.
Think of it this way: what are you withholding from the world? And don’t let me hear you say “Nothing” because everyone has something to offer. We just need to believe in ourselves, refine or build our skills, and then go share them by solving someone’s problem.
What are you great at? Think about it.
Often, we get so bogged down we forget to take time to even imagine the life we want for ourselves.
I would love for us all to be in a place where we can feel relaxed enough to enjoy life and laugh with our whole body.
Tip #18: What is in your control to change?
What’s happening in your life today?
Is there anything in your control that you can do to change it?
What are your choices today?
Something happens when we take responsibility for our own lives. We gain the power to change the things we are in control of and accept the things we cannot change.
So I ask you again, what are your choices? And what are you in control of to change?
I want to invite you to take a look at what’s working and take a minute to congratulate yourself on what YOU have created.
Because you DID THIS, you created this life. Enjoy it!
Tip #19: Think about what you want
In this blog post, I’ve asked you some questions designed to get you thinking about your life and what you really want.
This is an essential step!
How will you create the life you want if you don’t see it in your mind’s eye first?
If you’ve been thinking about the life you want, have you come to any realizations?
You don’t have to tell me about it. That’s for you. I’m just here to help you realize that you have the potential to do whatever it is you want with your life.
Like I always say, it’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.
And we only have one life. So let’s LIVE IT how we choose!
Tip #20: Think outside the box
I wanted to show you this cool podcast I recorded with a voice artist who typically works less than four hours per day!
Julie Eickhoff was thinking outside of the box to come up with something that would work around her family. She researched the heck out of it and now she works when she wants.
Keep your eyes and ears open for new and creative ways you can earn money from home.
Tip #21: Get clear on what’s holding you back
Question time again!
What do you think is the biggest thing that’s holding you back from getting what you want?
Do you want to know what the most frequent response I get when I ask this question is?
Fear is the number one response I get.
So I have another question for you…
What’s the worst thing that could happen if you feel the fear and do it anyway? And what is it costing you if you don’t move forward?
Think of it this way: what do you think ninety-five-year-old you would feel lying on your deathbed? Would you regret not doing your absolute darndest while you had the chance?
Fear is boring…
Hurt is a part of life. Humans are imperfect. Letting the fear of hurt guide your decisions is no way to live fully.
That’s just my opinion, of course. Some people prefer predictability and security. I don’t. I think it’s boring.
The thing I fear most? Getting to the end of my life never having lived because I was afraid of X, Y, or Z happening. 👎
“The fears we don’t face become our limits.”
— Robin Sharma
Our fears truly do become our limits.
Tip #22: Learn how to overcome fear
Now that you’ve asked yourself some hard questions and really taken a look at your fear, I want to share something with you about fear.
“Every time you confront your fear you accumulate evidence of your ability to cope (I did it yesterday; I can do it again today).”
— Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
This is a quote from an article I found on overcoming fear from psychologytoday.com.
We only have one life.
I’m not sure about you, but I know I don’t want to miss a thing. So that means I need to step into my fear, feel uncomfortable, and do it anyway.
Of course, I’m not talking about any situations that would put myself or anyone else in harm’s way. I’m talking about the times when the fear is internal.
It’s the thing lingering in our chest making it tight, it sits in the pit of our stomach and rises in our throats. It’s that thing we need to conquer.
Do you know what I mean?
If the thought of this makes you scared, think of what will happen if you do nothing.
I can tell you the answer to that.
You won’t grow, you won’t move forward (at least not in the direction you want), and you will always think, what if.
Tip #23: Start from now
I want to share something with you.
It’s a simple question with a huge impact and will take you less than a minute to read.
What’s your ending going to look like?
Think about it.
Tip #24: Don’t settle
This one harks back to regrets again. Go after what you want because you don’t want to be on your deathbed regretting that you worked 60-hour workweeks instead of spending time at home with your kids.
You want to be content in the knowledge that you did everything you could to create the life you want.
Tip #25: Join a community
How’s your work-at-home journey going so far?
Not good, huh? That’s a bummer!
Sometimes it helps me to be around people who are in a similar space to me.
If you’re serious about creating a work-at-home job, seek out people who are doing the same thing as you. Feel free to post in the Work-At-Home Heroes Facebook group, and ask for support, or check out what your community is up to. (The password is #Heroes.)
Our community is here for you!
Tip #26: Stay healthy
When you work a few feet from your refrigerator and snack cupboard, it’s so tempting to keep eating all day long. Good nutrition helps me stay focused, but I’ll be the first to admit: it’s usually the first thing to suffer when I get super busy. Before I know it, I’m ten pounds heavier and not feeling good at all!
I’ve discovered an instant, PROVEN two-step plan to feel lighter and improve your mood in just one day. Within a week, you’ll also notice decreased water retention.
Want to hear it?
Step 1: Locate potato chips.
Step 2: Deposit them into the trash.
Tip #27: Understand the difference between self-love & self-respect
Over the last few years, I’ve learned some pretty tough lessons on the difference between self-love and self-respect…
Do you know what the difference is?
Self-love is the easier of the two. It’s taking care of yourself because it feels good — getting that manicure, taking a walk, spending some time meditating, or soaking in the tub.
It’s prioritizing the stuff that makes you happy.
Self-respect, though, is usually much harder. It means choosing the best for yourself even when you don’t want to.
Even when it hurts. 💔
Know what I mean?
And respecting ourselves can hurt A LOT. It can hurt so much that many of us allow ourselves to be in crappy situations for way too long — because we fear the pain of change.
Self-respect often requires making devastatingly tough decisions, like standing up for yourself when you’ve been mistreated or eliminating certain relationships…
It requires doing the things that DON’T instantly make you happy. Things that hurt.
▶ leave the bad relationship behind
▶ do the workout
▶ learn the new skill
▶ eat the healthier food
▶ have the tough conversation
Even though it’s scary and uncomfortable, you do the thing(s) because you know you’ll be better because of it. Maybe not instantly, but you’re smart enough to know some things are worth the wait.
You do it because you know you deserve the best.
You know that the fear, discomfort, or pain won’t last forever… and that even though doing the hard thing doesn’t always lead to instant happiness, choosing the best for yourself is always worth it.
You’re worth it.
Tip #28: Stop acting like a victim
When the winds of life blow, what happens to you?
You know… the “winds” of unfortunate circumstances, location, other people, age, outdated education/skills, etc.
Do you let the wind blow you wherever it wants… wrecking your life?
Do you ask, “Why me?!” or blame others for the wind?
Are you a victim?
Here’s the truth of the matter:
- The winds of life are constant… and
- When they come, we choose how we react.
We choose to EITHER sit there and take it, hoping we’ll get lucky and that the wind will eventually send us in a favorable direction.
Instead of letting the wind wreck our lives, we catch the wind in our sails and use it to steer the ship.
Instead of making excuses for our problems, we brainstorm solutions.
And instead of admitting defeat, we create a strategy to win.
It means we never give up just because steering is hard.
Yes, steering is hard, but so is being aimlessly tossed around like a rubber ducky, letting life just happen to you. 🦆 (And being a victim sucks.)
You’re the captain of the ship called Life… like it or not. 🙂 Your choices today create your tomorrow.
We can either let that deflate us or empower us. I hope you choose the latter — even when you don’t feel like it. It’s worth it.
You’re meant to happen to life — not the other way around. So when the wind blows, use it to STEER your life… not wreck it.
Tip #29: Lose your limitations
I have a small truth bomb excerpt of my book Work at Home I want to share with you. Do you want to hear it?
“Believing there is a limited amount of opportunity in the world is akin to believing there is a limited amount of money. It’s just not true. Money is unlimited, and so is opportunity. Besides time, the only real limits when it comes to earning money are the ones you place on yourself. It’s the box we live in. So get out of the box. Better… destroy the box. Use it to light a fire. Under your butt.”
We place so many limitations on ourselves that are really, really unnecessary.
Some people think that just because other people are already doing something there isn’t room for them to do it too. FALSE!
When I started proofreading, I was far from the only person doing it. There were already thousands of people making money proofreading. I still freelanced my way to a full-time income. Then I blogged my way to a brand-new career as chief blogger and teacher at Proofread Anywhere, where I helped thousands more people make money proofreading.
Other people think they can only work with people who live in their hometown. FALSE!
It’s like they don’t even know this wonderful thing called the internet exists!
And other people convince themselves that something doesn’t exist simply because they’ve never heard of it. FALSE!
Just because you haven’t heard of something before doesn’t mean it’s not a legitimate option. You just need to do more research!
If you’ve ever let any of those limitations stop you from doing something, it’s time to think outside the box.
So many possibilities and opportunities exist outside the box, under the box… heck; there are probably opportunities inside the box itself, but you can’t see them. Why? Because it’s dark in there!
Tip #30: Figure out what problem working from home would solve for you
Last question for you…
What is the most frustrating thing in your life that you believe working at home solves/would solve?
I created a post asking this very question in the Work-At-Home Heroes Facebook group. I got 227 responses to this question! The answers ranged from getting rid of the commute to getting to stay home with kids to being in control of their own time to being able to travel more while working. You can check out what people said here – and add your answer to the post!
(If you’re not already in the group, the password is #Heroes.)
Tip #31: Write great pitches
Want to know how I used it to write pitch emails to potential clients and land gigs?
WARNING: It’s long, so be ready for it.
Getting Clients Email Pitch
So let’s talk about actually GETTING those clients…
First things first:
Do NOT send a cold email pitching yourself that sounds identical to the ones thousands of desperate freelancers send. These people are willing to do anything for a dollar.
I get these into my inbox every single day. And let me tell you… neediness is a stench that repels clients. If you come across as being needy, no one’s going to want to talk to you.
They’ll detect you’re only after money, and you’ll never hear back from them.
So what can you do instead?
Focus on building relationships.
That’s one to write down!
Did you write it down?
That means don’t just write a template email and copy & paste it to every single person or business that “fits the bill” for the kind of client you’d like to work with.
Spend the extra 3.5 minutes to write a personalized email to each person you want to build a professional relationship with, and then let the conversation evolve naturally from there.
Major tip: provide VALUE!
Here’s an example of what I might have written in my early days:
First of all, let me say, I’m a HUGE fan of your content. Earlier this year, I tried a handful of the tactics I found on your blog to land more freelance clients, and I’ve been able to quit working as a personal trainer. I used to just make $400 per month as a freelance proofreader, but now it’s closer to $4,000 per month.
Thank you SO MUCH for all that help!
As a natural proofreader, I can’t help but notice typos when I see them. A blessing and a curse, I guess. For the most part, your blog is spot-on and really well done. But I always seem to spot a few typos in each post. Minor ones, but I thought you’d like to know.
Here’s a Google Doc with your latest blog post. I’ve corrected and highlighted the typos. Hope you don’t mind — I love what I do and thought it’d be nice to “give back” in some way!
See what I did there?
I provided value. Instead of just telling someone they should hire me as a proofreader, I took the initiative to HELP THEM FIRST.
I established a relationship where I’m giving to them, not just trying to take. Yes, it was value that was easy for me to provide, but it does benefit the person on the other end of the email.
BUT — and this is a big BUT — emails like this can STILL get ignored (and often do) unless you’ve already interacted with the person you’re sending it to.
Online interaction is easy enough: commenting on Facebook posts, asking questions during a webinar, doing social media mentions, or responding to a newsletter.
Because I’m not being needy and asking them to pay me right out of the gate, they’ll be much more likely to start a conversation with me about using my services long-term.
No, not everyone will respond. Those are just the rules of the game. But this type of email guarantees you better results in comparison to the desperate, needy type of email most wannabe freelancers send out.
Even if you’re responding to a job posting on a job board, it’s always good to add a personal touch and provide some value right away.
It helps you stand out in the client’s mind and gives you a much higher chance of getting hired.
So go forth and be fruitful in getting clients!
I know you can do it.
If you’re reading this, you’ve got what it takes!
I hope you’re pumped up to take control of your success after reading these work-at-home tips! You’ve got everything you need to overcome the obstacles that are holding you back.
If you’re ready to get started on your work from home journey, check out Work-At-Home School. It’s packed full of courses that will help you learn new skills and start a business from home.