So You Want to Work From Home?

So You Want to Work From Home?

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Finding the right work from home job can be tricky. It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to work from home. There are a number of things to consider when you start looking. When I decided that this was something that I was aiming at achieving I am discovering along the way what is important to look for.

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Freedom

The key to starting a home based business and therefore making money at home is to look at what you do best. Take the time to invest in yourself, be clear on your goals, understand why you want to work from home, develop a plan and then commit to your plan; doing all of this will get you into the right mindset and to be frank, your mindset is your most powerful tool. At first, I got into my first home business because of mum. I was going to help her get her business off the ground. I then began to see the huge possibilities and saw huge transformations amongst the people around me. That’s when my mindset started to shift, I wanted freedom!

Be prepared to do your due diligence with any business opportunity, do your research and talk with people in the industry you are looking at.

Also get on a call and discuss how the business works, ask important questions, particularly what is the earning potential is. Are there opportunities to try the product or the system before you make a decision?

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Finding your WHY

Finding your WHY

How many of you have read different books, watched videos or listened to audio books for professional development or self-help? I know I have and they all say pretty much the same thing…. TAKE ACTION. Of course, they say a little bit more than that, but essentially, they all allude to that one piece of advice.

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Ask yourself

So how do you TAKE ACTION? Simple you do what Nike says and just do it. On a more serious note though, I think that before you can take action you need to truly know what it is you want from life. What gets you out of bed in the morning (other than the alarm clock) or more importantly what would you really like to be doing if money wasn’t an issue?. Most people get out of bed because they have to go and work so they can pay the bills.

All the same, it gets you out of bed, the alternative is fear of not paying the bills. For me, I use to get out of bed for exactly that reason, ALARM clock, work to pay bills etc.

Although I am still doing that my purpose is slightly different now. I am getting out of bed because my three year old tells me too?? Seriously though, I am still getting up to pay the bills because it is not possible to not have bills but I am choosing to get up for a whole other reason, to build a life that is working when I want and around a life, I am completely satisfied with. I am TAKING ACTION to ensure that happens. Don’t get me wrong it’s not easy at the start because I am having to get up early to make my dream happen (which is what I put this photo up, it’s of me early in the morning in a Canadian Ski field pre-child, getting ready to snowboard for the day).

The picture above is a reminder to me that we get up early (or make sacrifices) to do the things we love/want to do even if it is difficult. I have never been a morning person but I find myself making the time when I can to get up and get a start while my daughter is still asleep. Obviously, this is not for everyone but it just proves a point that we will all TAKE ACTION if our WHY is strong enough.

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Imagine

Imagine getting out of bed at whatever time you wanted because you were excited and passionate about what you were about to go and do. That’s where you start! I use to ask my staff when I first introduced goal setting to them if money wasn’t an issue what would you do? That was a great way to see what motivates a person. It dares them to dream, it dares them to imagine another life. I use to ask myself the same question and it was always to be a professional athlete. If you asked me today that same question it would be totally different. Finding your why needs to be strong enough to keep you going through the hardest of times. It can change…like in my previous blog…I went to bed career and woke up lifestyle.

My why is about my family, I want to retire my mother, be around for my daughter and not work the standard 9 to 5. I want to be financially comfortable and afford to live where I want. I want to lead an extraordinary life and I want my daughter to learn that she can achieve anything with he right mindset.

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No Compromise

Once you have an idea on your why then you need to then put a plan in place to achieve. Setting goals are a whole other discussion, which I will cover in another blog. Finding a way to make your plan come alive is paramount. I have been very fortunate to find a number of home businesses and fantastic training platform that is providing me with the tools to ensure my WHY comes to fruition. Although at the end of the day I am the only one that is responsible for taking the action needed for that to occur. If you want to come on this journey with me, follow my posts and you will receive more tips along the way on how to create the life you want.

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Went to bed with Career, Woke up with Lifestyle

Went to bed with Career, Woke up with Lifestyle

THE REAL JOURNEY

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I went to bed with career and woke up with lifestyle.

 

Can this actually happen? For me I believe it did. I literally went to bed all about my career and woke up wanting a different life at the age of 45.

Not sure if you are the same but, up until the birth of my daughter (2014), my life was all about career. I loved to work and educate myself (I still do). I completed my Masters in Management while working full time in 2012 and was always looking for the next challenge and ways to continue to grow in my professional career and as a person.

I decided to have my first child rather late and it took me over 3 years and 8 cycles of IVF to fall pregnant (a whole other story). During this journey, my Step-Father of 35 years died from a severe head injury and this event rocked my family to the core. It has affected us all in different ways and as a result, has changed the way I look at not only the meaning of life but how fragile life is. No doubt this event as the years have passed is shaping the direction I am traveling. I now want to create a lifestyle that is flexible so I can “smell the roses” so to speak, as life is just too short to be bogged down working long hours.

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Returning to Work

Since returning to full-time work early 2016, I have felt my life has been one big blur!!! It’s probably been the most difficult time, as I started to realize through many stories from other people I know, that there is a better way to live life to ensure that I can spend more quality time with my daughter before she goes off to school.

As a full-time working mum I had this overwhelming feeling of guilt about sending my daughter to childcare for a good portion of the week. There is obviously nothing wrong with sending your child to childcare, but for me, I have had this constant niggling feeling in the pit of my stomach that I wanted something different. I wanted to do this differently as she will be the only child I will have the opportunity to do this with.

For me, this is extremely important and I personally want to be present in these very formative years. Not only that, but I want to have choices and options moving forward into her school days. I don’t want to miss any of the important milestones along the way because I have to be at work. How many of you have thought about that too?

Plan B

So I started looking at my Plan B. What I mean by that is, I started asking myself the question, is there something I can do to escape the traditional 9 to 5 working day? Is there a way that I could spend quality time and enjoy the zero to five years with my daughter while earning an equally good income? So I decided to look at starting up a home-based business or being able to do something that gives me more flexibility and more options.

The reason why I am looking these home-based business solutions is so that I have no regrets. I know that I will never get this time back with her. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to create a life they want. The hardest part of that statement is knowing how to do it.

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I am now committed more than ever to ensuring that happens. In order for this to work, I have gone back and started to re-educate myself on how to do that.

With over 20 years experience in teaching, management, leadership, mentoring, sports administration and coaching. I know the importance of investing in my education to ensure that I continue to grow personally. I am constantly wanting to be inspired and make a difference, even if it is just for one person. If I can just help change one person’s life, I will be satisfied.

If you are anything like me and have been thinking there may be more out there, maybe there is a business you may want to start, something you have a burning desire to accomplish or maybe you just relate to what I have been talking about, then click the below link. The link will allow you to receive some more information on the education platform I have been using to assist me with my journey. It’s by the far one of the best education and training platforms I have undertaken.

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