Fridays with Vicky 10
Working from home has given me freedom I could only dream of.
It allows me to control and manage my own time so that I can spend as much time possible with my family. My kids have been the motivating factor in my case.
My kids are the reasons for me wanting to work from home.
When they were little I didn`t want to miss a thing, now when they are older I want to be able to spend the summer and winter break with them… and I do. With some planning a head anything is possible when you are in 100% control of your own time.
If you have been following “Fridays with Vicky” you know that I started a new site last month and I am excited to let you guys know that I had my first sales from it this week, yeaaahhh.
It is an Amazon site, so this will be a numbers game for sure. I will need lots of traffic for this site to be profitable, but that will be another post. It inspired me to write down some tips on how to be successful working from home.
10 Tips on How to Be Successful Working from Home
The first thing I did (that I didn`t even know I did:) was to commit to my online business. What happened was that I moved from Sweden to the US and I knew I had to figure something out for me to be able to go back and visit. Working for somebody else getting 2 to 3 weeks off yearly, if I was lucky, was not an option.
When I first started out I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew I HAD to make it work. We needed the money, I wanted to spend my time with our kids and family and I wanted to be able to travel back and see family in Sweden.
At this point I knew that what ever I took on, I had to make it work. I fully committed to my online business. I didn`t have a plan B…
Your situation might be totally different. You might want to dive into this and do it fulltime OR you might want to start out having it as a side business. Either way, if you want to be successful you have to commit to your online business, to some degree.
Commit to what you are doing and look at it long term. Don`t expect success over night but see the progress that you accomplish.
2. How to Be Successful Working from Home – Set Goals
It is very important to set goals. To know where you want to go. At this point you might not know exactly how to get there and that`s ok. You don`t have to have the whole road paved before you can start, but set some goals.
There are two different kinds of goals for your online business, non financial goals and financial goals. For the goals to be reachable you want to set a time limit.
Non financial goals
If you are doing affiliate marketing, your non finical goals, could be the following for example:
- Learn about how to set up a website
- Set up my website
- Write my first post
- Write my about me page on my website
- Set up a Facebook page
- Have a logo created for my website
Other goals could be:
- Learn about certain specific marketing areas
- Get my first follower on twitter
- Get a comment on my website
- Help 10 people that visit my website to do whatever it is my website do…
- Reach 100 visitors daily
- Get my first sale
- Reach $100 in sales
- Monthly income of $1500
Make your goals achievable, saying that you will reach $10 K monthly after 3 month without a plan… is not achievable.
When you reach important goals, reward yourself. I have splurged myself with dinners, massage, trips :). The most rewarding one though, is when I took on to sponsor a WorldVision child. We have been sponsoring Wilson for about 7 years now and it`s been fun for the whole family.
You can reward yourself in many different ways, be creative.
3. Take Action
If this is all new to you, there will be a learning curve. You will have to learn the basics BUT there comes a time where you have to implement what you learn.
Let`s use affiliate marketing as an example. If you want to do affiliate marketing you will need a website, you will need an offer to present on the website and so on. This is not hard to do at all but if it`s all new there will be a learning curve.
There comes a time though where…
You have to take ACTION for anything to happen…
To read and learn is great but if you don`t take action and set up that website there will be no progress. You don`t have to know everything to get stared you will learn along the way and you will adjust along the way. It`s better to take action and adjust then to do nothing at all.
The best way to learn is by doing…
One of the best way to learn AND take action, is to find a place where you can do both. Find a program that include action tasks, step by step instructions and tutorials. For you to be successful working from home, you have to take action.
4. How to Be Successful Working from Home – Discipline
Working for yourself and from the kitchen table can some time be hard. You have to have incredible discipline. For some this comes easy and for some this can be very hard. Only you know if you have time for that extra long lunch with your friend or if you can take the afternoon off to go do something.
Online discipline – This is a tough one. We all know how easy it is to get lost on the internet… Are you doing things that will move you closer to your goals or are you just surfing the net, watching YouTube videos or reading funny articles…
Just because you are on the computer doesn`t mean you are ”working”. It can be a huge time hog getting lost online. Be honest with yourself and know when you are ”working” and when you are ”playing”… only you know if it will bring you closer to your goals.
Staying focused on one project at the time is important. If this is new to you focus on one website and make that work. I was guilty myself of trying to juggle too many projects at one time, it is not a good idea and I was spreading myself very thin.
There`s a reason why David Beckham is a great soccer player. He plays soccer and only soccer… He didn`t do a little bit of soccer, a little bit of golf, a little bit of chess, a little bit of baseball… For him to become a really good soccer player his FOCUS was soccer.
That`s the same thing when you work with affiliate marketing and websites. Focus on one project at the time. When you have mastered that, then sure you can add on another one.
6. How to Be Successful Working from Home – Schedule
Work out a schedule that will work for you.
When I first started out, I pretty much cut out all TV time. I worked when the kids where sleeping, when they where napping and down for the night. That way I could spend time with them and still get my work hours in.
Today they are both in school, so I get plenty of time to work. The great thing is that when we get a snow day or if one of them is sick, there is no panic of ”what do we do now…” I`m home and I`m there for them.
One thing that moves me forward is my daily schedule. I get my calendar out and I write down 3 – 5 things that needs to be done daily. These are my priorities, these will move my business forward and closer to my goals. By getting these done I also plan a head and make sure I can take time off during the summer months, for example.
Weekly tasks that I always include in my schedule…
- Keyword research.
- Write website content.
- Submit written content from my writers.
- Create video.
When you get into a routine, after you have gotten your website set up, one of your weekly tasks should be content creation. Creating new content for your site, or having somebody else do it by outsourcing, will move you closer to your goals. Creating new content on a regular basis will give your visitors a good experience and it will help you rank in the search engines.
Figure out a schedule that will work for you!
7. Realistic Expectations
Having realistic expectations when starting out will be a deal breaker. If you think that you can make money over night, that there will be a push button solution, then you will be very disappointed if you have not made money after week 4. The chance of you quitting will be huge.
If you go into this with a different mindset and with realistic expectations saying this might take a month or two before I see any financial return, then you have a much better chance of succeeding and actually sticking with it.
The truth is that there will be hard work and small rewards in the beginning. Be proud of what you accomplish though. If you have never build a website and you do just that, that`s a great accomplishment.
There comes a time when that change. You will still work hard but you controll your time and the rewards are great.
8. How to Be Successful Working from Home – Patience
Like I said success will not happen over night. You will have to have patience. It will be tough in the beginning and you might not see result as soon as you would like. That`s when you need to be patient.
It will take time for your website to be seen in Google and other search engines. It will take time to figure out what convert and turns into sales… But if you stick with it, it will all be worth it.
We all go through both ups and downs. The ups are easy and you are happy and excited about your online business. It`s how you push through the downs that will determine your success.
One of my favorite sayings is:
The only way to fail is to give up
This is so true, as long as you keep at it, as long as you move towards your goal you are still in the game. Preserver and great things will happen.
Most success stories you read happens after somebody push through a ”down” spell. I don`t like to call it failure, because as long as we learn from our mistakes and push forward there is no failure… well other than giving up.
10. Surround Yourself with People That Have Done What You Want to Do
Working online can be lonely and finding people that do the same thing, is not always easy.
I have found my online hangout, my coffee break hangout, where I can discuss websites, how to make money online, marketing tips and more.
Most importantly I hang out and get tips and ideas from people that do what I am doing…
This has been an invaluable resource for me and a place that I go pretty much daily.
The reason that I have been there for 7+ years is the successful people that are willing to help.
It`s great to just jump into chat and get answers on your questions right away from people that has done exactly what you are looking to do…
Click Here to Read My Review of My “Hang Out”
I hope you found this article helpful. I want you to help me make the list longer so please chim in with your favorite tip on how to be successful working from home, in the comment section below.
Have a productive day and a great week!
See you next Friday,
P.S Thought I would let you in on some good and bad going on in my online business…
Worst Online Happening This Week: It`s been a pretty good week actually :).
Best Online Happening This Week: Made my first money with my new site.
Harold Masters says
Vicky, your outline of the 10 steps is just beautifully thought out and expressed. Clear, precise and so on target. Do you share where you have found so profitable to hang out with other like minded people. I have wondered about finding forums, etc. but am uncertain of where to look. Best wishes for your continued success and your family welfare.
Thank you for your kind words. There is a lot that goes into working from home and I have been doing it for a few year now.
Like you say surrounding yourself with like-minded people has been a deal breaker for me, it has been very important and contribute to my success.
You can read about my “hang out” right here in my Wealthy Affiliate review.
Chris Towers says
Really great information here thank you.
I think what you say here is correct and when trying to set something up online in the way of a business you need a good strategy.
It is very easy to jump ahead of yourself and this can lead to confusion.
Having guidelines, goals and a well laid out plan is exactly what is needed,
Yes, you need a plan, you need a strategy for it to work.
If you are new to affiliate marketing your best bet is to find a place that can guide you and give you a step by step training.
That will help with focus and schedule.
But it also comes down to your personality, how disciplined you are… My husband said yesterday, if I was working from home I would watch lots of movies and take lots of naps… now he was joking but you need that discipline.
Thanks for your input Chris,
Love the easy to follow steps – the information is great!!! Thank you for sharing how you can and do work from home!!!
Can’t wait to start!
Thank your for stopping by my site and for your kind words.
Working from home is THE best thing ever, gives you a flexible schedule and you are in 100% control.
BUT it also takes hard work and some planning,
Let me know how things goes,
I am very new to this, thanks for the great tips.
If you are new to working from home I suggest you taking a look at how I got started…
You might find some helpful tips there as well. I also “reveal” my first affiliate commission… yup… Hey, we all have to start somewhere 🙂
Anyway you can
read how I got started here.
Really inspiring and helpful! Your article is a great for those starting out on their own and how to get going & is also good to help keep those who are already working from home motivated! Looking forward to your next post.
Glad you enjoyed the article!
There`s a lot to think about when you work for yourself from the kitchen table.
There are lots of benefits but it`s not always easy.
With this article I share some tips that has helped me deal with it, glad you enjoyed them too.
Your 10 Tips are amazing, thank you for sharing them.
I am still new with the affiliate marketing, and everyday I am learning something new; yet to be honest I do not have an exact plan 🙂
So, your tips will definitely help to focus and not to lose focus!
Glad you enjoyed and found the 10 tips helpful.
Focus is very important, it`s so easy to get distracted on the internet.
A lot of us have 10 tabs open at the same time, very easy to get lost in “time hogs” that don`t really move you closer to our goals.
But if you have a set schedule and daily tasks, you know what needs to be done first.
Job at home says
Having realistic expectations is the most important of them all in my opinion! So many people try and give up after a while exactly because they didn’t set their goals and expectations right in the beginning. It’s one thing to be aware of your potential and to always strive for more, but you have to know that things sometimes (most of the times) go really slow in the beginning. Only the most persistent ones prevail!
Very true the most persistent perceiver. It does go slow in the beginning but it is so worth it in the long run!