Want to know a dirty little secret about Carol Tice? She doesn’t even have a home office.
Depending on the day and the level of clutter (perpetrators responsible for the mess = hubby and kids), she floats from the living room to the TV room.
How’s your home office space for writing? Frustrating, distracting, the bane of your existence?
If you’re trying to crank out copy at the dining room table next to a syrup spill that keeps sticking to your arm, or every room in the house is littered with toys, clothes, and never-ending piles of crap that seem to regenerate like the legs on a cockroach, you may have a problem.
When you work from a home office, you have to figure out a way to declutter and minimize distractions so you can actually…you know, work.
Wondering where to start?
If you’re writing in a clutter hole, follow these writer recommendations to clear space for your home office:
It sounds like every parent’s dream: work from home, be with the kids, and earn a good living. Visions of happy, contented kids frolicking at your feet while you’re super-creative at the keyboard dance in your head.
The reality is a bit different.
I’ve written a lot about freelance writing in the past decade — over 1,000 posts — but I rarely write about being a work from home mom. Even though I’ve been one for literally a lifetime.
My two younger kiddos are now moving into their late teens. Recently, my oldest turned 25.
That milestone made me realize I’ve spent almost exactly half those 25 years freelancing from home. And I spent the other half mostly in remote full-time jobs where I was home-based, too.
That’s a lot of work-from-home experience that I’ve never really shared tips about. So here goes.
Buckle up, because some of this won’t be pretty. Here are the lessons I’ve learned as a longtime freelance writer and home-based mom:
If ever there was a time of year to come up with a productivity formula for getting more done as a freelance writer, it’s fall.
Know why I say that? Well, fall is a special time because:
- Editors and marketing managers get back from vacation
- Companies plan next year’s marketing calendar and start assigning projects
- Editors complete their editorial calendar, and look for special-section writers
- If you do marketing now, you could still book more writing income this year
- Kids go back to school, and writer-parents suddenly have a lot more time for freelance writing
See the potential fall has to ramp up your writing income?
Except that you’re suddenly transitioning from sleeping late as you like to having to get up at 6 a.m. to put kiddos on that early school bus. And you’re…dragging.
Also, maybe feeling the pressure that now, you’re out of excuses and actually need to do this thing.
And the fall productivity formula is just the thing to help you grow your freelance writing business. Ready to get started?
Ever wonder how work at home moms balance freelance assignments, family life, a day job, and everything else?
If you’ve ever thought, “What’s the point? It’s just too hard,” you’re not alone. Trying to juggle diaper duty, day-job deadlines, grocery shopping, and freelance work can be a challenge.
But work at home moms tend to have a few things in common when it comes to carving out time to get freelance work done.
They’re scrappy. They know how to multi-task. They know how to network with other moms. And when push comes to shove, work at home moms can turn a 15-minute block of time into a productive work session.
Know any work at home moms like this you can model?
In a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast, we talked with two work at home moms who have built thriving writing careers in the middle of busy lives. Here’s how it’s done:
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