Why I Work from home- Candid Confessions

I often get asked this question that why do I prefer working from home over going to work?

So I decided to make some confessions out here where most women who are working- from-home like me would nod away their heads, and hopefully with these candor I would be able to convince the other half who are yet to take the plunge will be motivated to at least give it a try.

  1. When I started, I made – Nothing!! I started with no expectations of getting paid. You heard it right, after working in corporate sector for 10 years, I had no hopes that a) I will get a decent job working from home b) It will even cover the cost of my internet. I always wanted to do what I liked, and I always had this fear that doing what you love is never going to pay for your bills. In my early days, I only focused on learning opportunities, so that I had a strong base over time. And that’s what happened!
  2. I had no clue what I was doing could be done on a sustainable basis- I tried my hands at a lot many things when I started working from home, basically I spread and stretched myself to as many things possible, so that when it is all over, I would know where I stand and what will be a good balance between what I like doing, and what does pay me a respectable amount for my time.
  3. Going back was no option- I had made up my mind about a few things, I would not go back to my job, and I would not get into sales. I always wanted to remain in the background, and never wanted to be someone whom people will shy away from the moment she walked in- lest she pitches another product! Much as I wanted to, sales didn’t leave me, but still I restricted myself to give in to faster money in the initial days by resisting becoming a retailer or reseller.
  4. I trained as much as I could- I still do!- I decided to take online training, offline workshops, seminars, webinars, read about whatever field I was getting into, and gave my best. If it was about reviews and audits, I learnt what they were online, read lots of guides and resources, and then dug my heels and did it religiously for as long as I could bear. If it still didn’t work out I would move on.
  5. I would bounce off ideas with a best friend or a support group – Often, I would get passionate about one thing, gave it all, and then realise that the money I was making was not even sufficient to cover my fuel expenses! But since I would always end up loving whatever I was doing, learning to say no was a long, painful process. I had a support group and my friends to bounce off my ideas. I would ask them if they thought it was worth my time and energy. My husband would always be very supportive through this decision. Without getting judgmental or making fun of it, my network would help me quit doing what I was doing without getting into a mess, and focus my energies on something else which would at least give me satisfaction.
  6. I persisted, so I prevailed- I made sure I would keep doing what I loved, and when there was a small opening, I would be the first one to apply. I kept my deck of work, published URLs, important emails, and my CV always ready. It helped me in applying to the jobs as soon as they got published. My mailbox used to be full with email templates which I could use without wasting my time. Most Work-From-Home opportunities have a small shelf life, and a large number of people apply for them. Those who apply first, are well organised, prepared, and already doing something or have undergone training are most likely to be selected. Common sense, isn’t it?
  7. I categorised working hour zones- Most often, work-from-home women are asked about their schedules in detail. Initially I simply could not draw a boundary and could never convincingly answer the question because I didn’t know how much time I would be able to consistently give to my work. Not anymore. I now know I have some working hour zones which are totally uninterrupted and these zones are tried to maximise my productivity on. The other times, I simply try and glide through the work which does not really require a lot of attention. So as I am writing this heartfelt blog at 5 am in the morning, this is the time I find myself most creative and flooded with ideas. As the day progresses, the routine life takes over and everything has its own time. My workout, a quick nap and even a cup of coffee with a friend, all has a slot.I am somewhere in the middle of half time working, other half finishing chores. But I rest easy because I have about 3 to 4 safe one hour work zones during the day.
  8. I take one day at a time and don’t fret over the past- I don’t look back, because I don’t have to go that way. I plan my work schedule a day in advance while I am going through anything. It need not be something in detail, but I write down things that I have to do next day. Whenever I come across something interesting that I can use for my work, I mail it to myself, and when I am running low on creative juices, I simply borrow from these stashed references to sail through the day. I do not break my head over how pathetic I am anymore. I just move on.

Work-From-Home  has always been perceived as a step lower than a regular 9 to 5 job. But to say it is easier than working at office is like  living in a fool’s world. A woman working from home has to prioritize a lot more than an office goer who simply tosses all her household work and other chores for the weekend. A work-from-home mother becomes more disciplined with the way she allocates time to every aspect of her life- children, home, family and work. But it does give you a sense of control like nothing else, and if you get an authentic work-from-home opportunities provider like QWEEN, you will definitely enjoy the elation you feel when money gets credited in your bank, every time!

 

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5 tricks to help you through effective time management

Our expert tips that can save you a lot of time, and headache! And the one thing that can save you buckets of time and free you up!

The most worrying feature of all time-saving gadgets is that they waste a lot of time!- Anonymous

Most of us battle with the notion of too much to do in too little a time. Lack of time to finish a task is the most common cause of stress to most women these days. In fact, to take it a step further , inability to finish anything on time is the biggest worry of most women.

The trend continues with men too, but since women are known as and always expected to be  multi-taskers, they hardly ever get any breathing space and most of their active time of the day gets spent in rushing from one activity to another.

QWEEN has some handy tips lined up just for you!  Whether you are a stay-at-home mother, or work from home or have a regular office job, all of you can rest assured following these tips will sort a lot of things for you.So take a deep breath and read on-

  • Time saving tip #1- List it all up- You heard it. The good old fashioned way of keeping a tab of to-do’s will help you in many ways. You would sleep easy, have a plan to follow, and will have a sense of accomplishment everytime you mark-“done” in front of a job.
  •  Time saving tip #2- Keep track of time wasters- Yes, you heard it right. Your time is wasted, every single day, you spend almost 2 to 3 hours on social media or networking sites. Without even realising what’s draining your clock you sometimes end up replying to messages on your instant messenger or chat groups. Keep a tab on all these time wasters. Schedule regular visits to networking sites and chat boxes, say every 2 hours for 10 minutes. Reduce the number of apps on your phone.And mute the push notifications,they are just that, they push you into no-work-wate-time zone. You don’t really need an app showing recipes of cocktails on a work day , right?  Keep a list of sites that are handy, just like you would keep a diary of important numbers , alphabetically sorted, in old days.
  • Time saving tip # 3- Stay away from bad habits- So, the first thing you feel like doing everytime you open your eyes is check your phone, right? Wrong! To take your mobile phone with you to bed and to washroom is only a way to delay the process you are supposed to follow, that is either sleep or nature’s call. When at home, treat your hand held smart phone like a landline phone wired to a desk. Take calls by going to the phone , saves you from being a couch potato and burns some calories while you finish the work you are doing. Do the same while you are working at office . And for messages, refer to Tip #2
  • Time saving tip # 4- Micro plan your hours- Okay, so most of your work is related to desk work like replying emails or messages on your phone. For a person like you, we suggest micro-planning. Micro-planning is nothing but breaking down every minute of your working hour into time-slots where a doable task is finished to achieve the desired target. So if it is reaching out to 6 customers in an hour, you give 10 minutes to each customer, in which you either email, message or call them depending on your need within a set time-frame. This type of micro-planning may get a little tedious initially, but once mastered, it will save a lot of hassles and 11th hour rush that bothers you
  • Time saving tip # 5 -Stay on course- Even if nothing goes as per plan, stay on course. You made a list, and out of 5 tasks allotted in the morning, only 3 got finished and rest are still due, come back to them after you have finished the allotted tasks for the afternoon.Sneak in some time out from every task going forward and use it to finish you work.

The best one we liked? Leave your phone away from time to time, you will be amazed at how much you could achieve in much lesser time you could think of!

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Five steps towards better Time Management

Time is one commodity that has become the most precious. Without wasting too much of it, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you in getting the most out of it.

1)      Make a list- of work to be done, the night before you turn in. Now, prioritise on a scale of 1 to 5 – 1 being tomorrow, 5 being 5th day from now, based on urgency. Gives you a great start first thing in the morning
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