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5 Things I Learned While Working For Myself

Working from home isn’t for everyone. In fact, 5 years ago I worked from home and hated it. But this time around I wouldn’t change a thing. This time around I’ve approached working from home differently and have learned a few things about myself and my workflow that has made working from home truly enjoyable.

The “typical” schedule doesn’t work for me.

Before I started working from home I was at a 9 – 6:30 pm office job in Center City. As much as I hated sitting at a desk for 10 hours a day, when I started working from home it felt strange if I wasn’t at my desk the entire time from 9 – 5pm. It took about three months for me to figure out and give myself permission to create a schedule that works for me. I enjoy the fluidity of my schedule and find that my work life balance is much more healthy now. Since I started working this way I’ve become much more productive and enjoy what I’m doing more than ever before.

Quickbooks isn’t that scary.

The aspect I dreaded the most about working for myself was the business side of things. My last experience with Quickbooks was over 10 years ago in high school. Thankfully since then, they’ve done massive updates to the infrastructure and it’s much more user-friendly and intuitive. I’ve never been the one that’s “good at math” (reading is more my thing) but it was a lot easier to figure out Quickbooks that I expected. Plus, they have a great chat support feature which has helped me solve problems quickly.

I never work in coffee shops.

I don’t know why I had this idea, but for some reason I had this vision of bopping around to different coffee shops, setting up station, and getting to work. But in reality, I’ve worked at a coffee shop maybe three times during the past year and a half. Basically, it comes down to this: I have a large screen desktop at home that makes working with multiple programs at once (Lightroom, Illustrator, Chrome, etc) much easier. I’m not one of those people who buy one coffee and nurse it for three hours.

Typical work-from-home rules don’t apply.

Every article I’ve read about the work from home life encourages having a separate office space (one that is not in your bedroom) and getting dressed every day as if you were going into the office. My office is in my bedroom and if I don’t have appointments that take me out of the house, I’m keeping it comfy at home. I haven’t had any issues falling asleep in my bedroom even though my office is in it.

Some people don’t think I work full time.

While I do have some flexibility in my schedule, I have a full workload and can’t just take the day off to visit a cool place or meet up for a chat all the time.  Sometimes I feel bad saying I’m unavailable because technically I’m the one who controls my schedule and I don’t want to come across as rude, but I also have deadlines and responsibilities.

Do you work from home? If so, what has been surprising to you? 

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  • Your website is not a static business tool.

A strategically designed website has the potential to generate leads and convert visitors into customers.

Perhaps it's to re-evaluate the results you COULD be getting from your website.

Every week I talk with business owners who come to me with websites that stress them out and are a headache to maintain.

Their website is not generating leads and they’re hesitant to direct clients to their website because it’s outdated, not mobile-friendly, and doesn’t represent them like they professional they are.

This is not how a website should be serving their business.

These business owners know its time for a new website design but aren’t sure where to start or when.

Will it really be worth the money?

Today I wrote a blog post on why NOW is the perfect time for a website redesign. Yes, even before the holidays.

Postponing a re-design of a site that isn’t doing anything for your business means you’ll be postponing the results you NEED - more leads and more sales.

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You probably have a great offer. In fact, it might be the best one you’ve had yet. But why is no one buying it?

When it comes down to it, there is one main reason that motivates consumers to purchase.

What’s in it for them.

When presenting an offer, business owners tend to talk about the tech aspects or the facts/details of the offer rather than the BENEFITS of the offer.

How much time it’s going to save their clients, how much money and frustration is going to save them.

It’s not clear what is in it for them.

Take Action: Take your top offer, your main service, and re-write it to only talk about how your client will BENEFIT from this service. How it’s going to change their lives. Talk about how their life was before using that product or service and how it’s going to be after they use that product or service.

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  • Now that we smack dab in the middle of the holiday shopping season it is the PERFECT time to take a quick moment and look over your website. 
When was the last time you read through each page?

Ask yourself these questions:

Are my best, most compelling offers at the top of my site?

Is the copy clear and concise?

Are there clear next steps for my website visitors to take?

Do my visitors have all the information they need to make a purchase?

Take Action: Set aside 30-60 minutes this week to review and make changes to your website. Need some help? Send me an email (link in profile) or a DM.

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  • Last year 49% of all holiday online shopping were done on mobile devices.

That means that smartphone shopping accounted for $2.1 billion in sales.

BILLION.

Cash money. *jaw drop*

If your site isn’t optimized for mobile devices then it has the potential to turn off customers.

Which is really not a great thing! At all!

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  • How to make sure your businesses's website is ready for the holiday shopping season.

PUT YOUR BEST OFFERS AT THE TOP

Websites have an average of 3 seconds to captivate interest so put your most compelling offers at the top of your site.

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