(Closed) Work from home and self employed bees

posted 10 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I work from home and I have the same problem…. I’ve gotten better but really it’s been a slow process.

A tip that worked for my mom when she started was:

Get up and get dressed everyday like you were going to the office/clients.

This helped her get into work mode. lol

I have to block days out for work where I don’t have anything else to do. Like I can’t try and wash clothes and work…. I forget about one or the other and just end up frustrated. lol

Also, I’m sure if I had to clock a certain amount of hours I would work more on my diligence but with what I do it’s kinda like I work as much or as little as I want that week…. sigh… makes it hard for me. lol

Oh.. on your thyroid… have you been able to get your PCP to get you a script to atleast help until your appt…. they really should be able to do that.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh man, I have such trouble with this as well. I can make my own hours, and basically work as much or as little as I want, but I HAVE to work a certain amount so I can make a certain amount that we need to survive on! It is SO hard.

Some days it just stares me in the face and all I want to do is curl up on the couch, watch my DVR’ed shows and surf the web. It was so so so much harder to stay on task during wedding planning, but I’m doing well now that the wedding is over. And no, I’m not being distracted right now – I have Fridays off! 😉 Okay okay, I give myself Fridays off….

I’ve found that it works to split your day up into little chunks. I actually use a kitchen timer and say okay: If I work for 2 hours then I can make some yummy lunch, and I set it for 2 hours. Then I’ll set it for another hour and say okay, after that, I’ll play with the dog for 15 min then get back at it. Work = reward. Many times (if you don’t need it for your line of work) I switch off the wireless button on my laptop so it’s impossible to go online. Try it!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@MrsMaine: Those are great ideas!!!!!

I wish I didn’t need my internet for mine.. Alot of times mid reconcile I have to email the client or go online to the bank statements.. look up checks etc….

That’s when it’s REALLY hard! lol

Oh and I am being distracted right now…. =/

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@MrsSl82be: YAY!!! that’s great you found those. And yea that REALLY worked for my mom…. if she stayed in jammies she spent the day lounging and could get motivated. It hasn’t worked quite as well for me. lol

Oh.. if you have a place you can set up as “office” then that helps too… away from the laundry in the basket that needs to folded… tv… etc… remove any distractions. =)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@runsyellowlites: Hehe my desk is off to the side of our living room… so there’s 2 comfy recliners, a comfy couch, a 60″ flat screen, etc etc etc. Soooo. Hardddd.

This is a pretty good problem to have, though! I love working from home!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Try scheduling time for Non-work related things too. If you know in 30 minutes you can spend 10 minutes on WB you’ll be far more likely to stick out those next 30 minutes (or whatever).

Just like you would have structured breaks at work you should have them at home too.

I’ve found I’m way more productive at home in half the time.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If I may butt in and ask – what do you guys do for a living?  I would love to end up in a work from home situation.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@kermie: OH yea… I do that too…

Like I know I can get 1 mth done in roughly 15 minutes so I’ll do 2 months and then take a 15 minute break and then get back at it….

I have issues focusing very long. lol

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@MrsCoachBtoBee: I do bookkeeping… make my own hours, work primarily on my computer (with very little overhead), and do most correspondance via email… I have 1 client I go to them and it’s 1xmthly right now…. hopefully 1 day weekly here soon. =)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I do inventory and online store management for HSN. They ship boxes of inventory to my door every day, and I have to go through each article of clothing for quality assurance, and list them all in Excel (size, color, description, retail price, etc) Once I do a box I then upload them to the online store and have to do all sorts of funky stuff there.

The best part is that one of their warehouses is right in my hometown, so I get to drop off all the boxes there instead of having to deal with shipping them all back. And I get to see and have first dibs on all the cute clothes!!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wanna work from home!!! : )

I agree, you have to get out of the PJ’s, shower to “wake-up” and make some breakfast before you start anything so you are nurioushed and have energy.  You really need to treat it like a work day even though you are at home. The more you get in a routine, the more it will help.  Set a weekly schedule and follow it, at least in the beginning… Work 8am-12pm M-Thurs, ect.  The more you are in a routine, the more self discipline will happen.  Good luck!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@runsyellowlites: Out of curiosity, did you complete courses on bookkeeping/accounting? How did you learn?

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