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Work-at-Home Lifestyle: Master It Like a True Boss Lady. #FemaleEntrepreneurs #Bosslady

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Working from home can be the right choice for a confident and independent woman. You're already the boss of your own home, why not take full advantage of it? Understandably, that can be quite a drastic change for some.

The truth is: with a bit of effort and discipline, everyone can master it. You already have what it takes to be a true boss lady.

And, if you're missing something, you'll learn it along the way. Here's what it takes to work from home like a pro.

Wake Up Ready

Working from home doesn't mean you get to sleep in when you feel like it. Freedom comes with responsibility. The night before, write your to-do list for the next day. Set a fixed working schedule.

You don't want to wake up thinking about what you've planned for that day. Make sure you already know your plans. Putting plans on paper beforehand helps.

That way, when you wake up, you're ready to kick start the day. As Mark Twain put it, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." The simple act of jotting your plans down can increase your productivity tenfold.

And, now that your office is in your house, you can reclaim your commuting time. One of the best parts of the work-at-home lifestyle is that you don't have to commute to the other part of town.

Commuting sucks, for sure. But the question is, what do you now that you have some extra time in the morning? Do you stay in bed for a bit longer? No way!

Think about the ways you can use that time productively. Let's say your commuting time used to be one hour. Use the first half of that time to read, answer, and write emails, and the second half to specify objectives for the next day and set long-term strategic goals.

Design Your Space

If your company office clutter was suffocating you, you don't have to put up with it anymore. You'll be spending most of your time in your home office, make sure it's a comfortable environment to work in.

Use the ancient Chinese principles of Feng Shui to get rid of clutter and distractions. It's a proven way of establishing balance. But remember: minimalism is not a set of rules, it's a state of mind.

Being a minimalist means having more of what you need. Carve out a dedicated corner in your house that you'll only use for work. Ideally, it will have a door and natural light. The door allows you to separate your work life from your home life.


Find a piece of elegant art for your space to improve the energy in the room and keep you motivated. Something to keep in mind: having an exclusive and separate work area in your house makes you eligible for a tax deduction for a home office.

Some people even recommend dressing up like you're working in a brick-and-mortar company surrounded by dozens of coworkers. That's perhaps a bit too far.

Dress comfortably, but in a way that will make you come across as reliable and professional when you're having a video conference. Consider having a dedicated area for video calls. Hanging a backdrop should also work well.

Become an Affiliate

If you have a home-based job, chances are you're running a blog, vlog, e-commerce platform, or some other kind of website. Make your site works for you. Affiliate marketing allows you to earn some extra cash.

The basic principle behind this concept is promoting the products and services of the companies you've partnered up with in exchange for a commission. There are many ways you could go about it: from promoting e-books, over video series, to partnering up with Amazon.

Let's say you're a seasoned poker player that knows the game inside and out. On your way to becoming a hold'em' queen like Vanessa Rousso, you can join an online casino affiliate program and promote online casino brands by putting up banners and other types of advertisement on your website.


Network

Perhaps you've decided to go down this road because you're an introvert. Working from home does indeed allow you to savor solitude, but you'll still have to maintain contacts, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone a bit.

Don't allow your job to isolate you. In order to promote your business, you'll have to make yourself visible to others. Network maintenance should always be on your to-do list. LinkedIn is an excellent place to start.

Networking online can be just as effective as in-person, but it's also much more convenient. There are plenty of online groups, legitimate discussion rooms, and dedicated forums that allow you to solve issues, get ideas, and even socialize.

Conclusion

When the work is done, rest like a queen! You deserve it. Set boundaries between work and leisure time. Make sure to relax, get enough sleep, and do what you love. Reward yourself for a job well done.

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Jessie Connor is a passionate writer and researcher from Brisbane, contributor at several business and lifestyle blogs, hooked on yoga and healthy living. She loves to spend her free time traveling, reading and of course – shopping!

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