March was Light

March was light for me. I did a few blog entries and didn’t have much to do. It’s okay though.

The start of the month was pretty good. I was able to get back to this amazing blog. Life got in the way a few times but I knew that was bound to happen. Work started to pick up as well. I did get a new client for my writing though! I even have been paid a couple of times!

So what does this mean for the month as a whole? I would say it wasn’t a bad month. It wasn’t a great month either. I do my best but sometimes, I feel like it’s not always enough. I have a wonderful content planner that I use to build this blog. I’ve been using it for a few months and I love it!

Income

My income in March was about $100 which isn’t a lot but it helped me buy a new knitting machine. This was based on my Direct Sales money and freelance work.  As I said, March was light for me. I think it is because I didn’t try hard enough. As a combination worker, it’s tough to balance the scales. It makes affiliate income and other income a bit tougher to gain. At the end of the day, it’s a journey. I remember that each day. Thankfully, I also have an accountability partner in my friend Devon! We talk every day and keep each other going! Thank you, hon!

April is here and I have new entries ready to go! Look for a much better round out for this month! I have new goals and a new freelance client to earn from! Here’s to a wonderful spring!

For an answer on if we can do it all take a look at my previous entry

Can We Do It All?

Can we do it all?

Sometimes, as bloggers, we try. I’m guilty of this. I’m a corporate worker, freelancer, partner, son, and many other things. I added blogger to the list a year ago. If I’m being honest, it’s not always easy to juggle. I talk about this my last entry.

When I think about everything I have to do each day, I wonder how I can blog without fail. Sometimes I do fail. That doesn’t make me a failure. It makes me human. It does the same for any other blogger trying to do it all.

Why We Try to Do It All
  1. We made commitments
  2. We love what we do
  3. Not wanting to look like we failed
  4. Fear of success
  5. Because we think it’s expected of us

So, can we do it all? The short answer is, yes! I do it all every day! When I start my day, my mind is on what I will accomplish for the day. That includes this blog! As a result, I am successful in my days. It’s because of that success that I continue to be inspired. In other words, I set myself up to be successful and have it all.

In addition to everything above, I surround myself with supportive people. This is key if you want to have it all. Support and love are paramount. Love for yourself, and the support of others.

In conclusion, we can do it all. Be the blogger, wife or mother, son/daughter, partner etc that you can be. There’s a delicate balance to maintain. Once you find that balance, it’s easy to keep. At the end of the day, it’s all about your success and showing other bloggers and jammie workers that they can have it all. To your success! Until next week’s wrap up for March!

Why Do I Blog?

Why do I Blog?

That’s a great question! The answer isn’t simple but I just love to blog! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last entry. Family things got in the way and my partner and I had an extra houseguest.

So, why do I blog? I blog because I have something to say. I decided on the work from home niche because it’s what I eventually want to do. It’s going to take time for me to get there. I have taken classes online for both writing and virtual assisting. Both classes were very good and I learned SO much! The reality is that I like writing more than virtual assisting, in most cases. For some reason, writing speaks to me more. That’s probably another reason I started this blog.

When I log in each week, I see an opportunity.

What kind of opportunity?

  1. To educate
  2. To have fun
  3. Share wisdom
  4. To show that anyone can do this

Over the last few months, I’ve seen a great shift in my thinking. I want to be successful. I want others to be successful too. When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure where it would go. I’m happy to say that I am now confident in its direction. I find myself happy to write and not suffering the dreaded “writer’s block” as much as I used to.

In the end, I simply want my readers to understand who I am and why I’m here. Sometimes, things get in the way. It has happened before. Take this as a lesson. When life tosses you a curveball, use it and learn with it. I aspire to be in all things, your go-to for the wonderful information on how to work in your jammies. This is why I blog!

Want to see how I create content? Check out this post. Until next time!

How I Create Content for My Blog

This week, I want to talk about how I create content for my blog!

I am going to leave an affiliate link to my Siteground hosting company. I may get a commission (payment) if someone uses that link.

Creating content isn’t easy. It takes thought, determination and sometimes a bit of genius. Not saying that I’m a genius, in fact, far from it. When I create my content, I try to think about my readers. My readers are the most important. That being said, I also think about subjects that interest me. I have a passion for working in my pajamas. That’s why I created this blog.

How I Create Content for My Blog

  1. Brainstorm ideas on the train
  2. Just write and see what happens
  3. Get help from other bloggers

These are just a few ways to get the content out. There are many other ways that I create content. Some escape me right now. The point is, how I create content varies. Sometimes I take from daily life. If something strikes me as a good subject, I will use it. Very often, I find my ideas come to me during my corporate workday.

Top Ways to Create Content for Your Blog

  1. Daily Life
  2. Personal Interests
  3. Fun stories
  4. Anecdotes
  5. Time with friends and family

These are just some ways to create content for your blog. Just make sure it’s relevant to your blog niche and provides valuable and practical information. I always strive to create fun and engaging content for my readers.

If you’re looking to create your own blog, I suggest SiteGround hosting. Their customer support is amazing and I find them to be wonderful to work with. Here is my affiliate link if you’re interested.

For a recap of last month, take a look at Why February was Awesome!

Ghosted By A Client

Being Ghosted by a Client. It’s probably happened to most freelancers. Heck, it’s happened to regular employees too. Point is, it sucks! The reality is, it will happen.

I was recently ghosted by a client. I don’t want to get into specifics but when I realized it, I was hurt. Not angry, but truly hurt. We had a great working relationship. I looked forward to working with him more. The problem was that each time I tried to check in and got nothing. No reply.

At first, I was concerned so I sent a quick note to see if all was okay. Still nothing. After a couple more monthly tries I realized I had been ghosted by my client. So what do you do when this happens?

That’s an easy question to answer, believe it or not. If you’re ghosted by a client you just move on.

Yup, start looking for new clients or people to collaborate with. What if you run a blog? Find other bloggers to connect with. Yeah, it hurts and you may feel angry for a while but life will go on. It’s kind of like having a bad relationship. You just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep trucking. Above all, keep going!

You’re wondering how often this happens.  It happens a fair amount. That is why having more than one client or stream of income is important. There’s an old phrase that goes “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  The same holds true with blogging and freelancing. Have multiple income options open. This will make it easier when a client does ghost you.

Finally, what’s the lesson here? Simple. Clients will sometimes ghost you. It happens.

Take a look at my last entry on Working from Home with a Corporate Job.

Working from Home-Corporation

Working from home is great! It’s even better when you can do it for a “traditional” employer. I recently took a new position that allows me to work from home at least one day a week, sometimes more. It has been a wonderful addition to my career for so many reasons.

Reasons I love working from home now:

  1. More flexibility
  2. I can stay in my PJs all day long
  3. I get more done
  4. My boss actually trusts me!

To give you all an idea of how this all fits into this blog, I’m literally working in my jammies for a company that I really enjoy and feel valued at. My boss trusts me to get things done while I’m home and I haven’t disappointed him. I just hope I can continue to do that.

Something that I want to touch on, just a bit is what it’s like to not have people to talk to when you’re working from home. I will talk about this more in a future post but after working from home for a bit, I think I can convey how I feel. To be completely honest, I miss the interaction with others that I get in the office. I am a social person so for me, it’s important to have that interaction as much as possible. As much as I love sitting here in my jammies, it’s important that I keep my work relationships and social activity intact. Some may struggle with this.

To finish up this post, I just want to say that I love working my traditional job from home. Does that mean I want to do it forever? Probably not. When I look at what I can accomplish at home, it makes me excited to know that I can do this, eventually. When looking at the big picture, it’s clear to me that I’m capable of and do enjoy working from home. 

To see my last entry click here.

Illness and Working from Home

Illness and Working from Home.

I don’t like being sick. No one does!

It’s an unfortunate situation when you’re sick.

This is especially true if you work in an office like I do. The idea of calling out of a job, potentially not getting paid and then having to figure out how to make up for the lost income is frustrating! That’s where working from home can help! You can be as comfortable as you wish, all while doing work that you love!

I’m writing this today because I’m home sick from my office job and, to be honest, it stinks! I have my issues with my office job, believe me, and thankfully, I get paid sick time but it still upsets me to call out. Being someone who takes pride in their work, no matter what it is, I get frustrated when my health doesn’t cooperate.

If you’re ill and work from home, you know what I mean. Being sick stinks. If you’re able to still work your side business or freelance WFH business, that’s a good thing, right? Well, that it depends on what you’re doing. If you’re doing work that requires concentration, doing that work while ill may not be the best option.

If you’re doing simpler tasks like social media scheduling or simple forms of writing, I would suggest plowing through the illness as much as possible and getting it done. A good example is my current situation. Even though I’m ill, I took the time to update my business portfolio and now, I’m writing this blog entry. I’m not 100% but, like all good WFH people, I do what I can.

Illness and working from home is tough. There’s no getting around that. One must still balance illness with productivity. It’s a delicate balance but with practice, it can be cultivated!

I leave you with this. Being ill doesn’t mean you can’t rock your WFH business or blog! You’re the manager of your business…no one else!

If you want to read my last entry on motivation, click here.

Motivation

Motivation.

It’s an easy word to toss around when working from home. It’s more difficult to keep. Lately, I’ve been having a lot of issues around motivation. One day I’m all ready to rock the work from home world, the next I’m running scared. I don’t know what’s going on.

I’ve signed up for two online courses and have stalled out on both of them. Some of it has to do with timing as I do have a full-time job. The rest is all about motivation. I honestly don’t know where it went. I say this not to be a Donnie downer but to be real with you all. Motivation is tough to keep when you’re trying to build a work at home or in jammies business. I think that’s why the posts here on the blog have been sporadic, at best. When I think about what’s next, I think about the future. I want this blog to be a go-to for people who really want to work in their jammies.

So what can we all do to increase our motivation? That’s not an easy question to answer. For me, it’s going to mean scheduling posts. I want to start pre-writing posts for this blog and have them post a few times a month. It doesn’t take me long to whip up a post, so that should be easy. The problem comes with topics. This was an easy one for me because I’ve been struggling with it. Other topics may be tougher to come by.

Well, I think that will do it for this one. Hopefully, I’ve been able to inspire ya’ll and myself too!

Until next time!

Check out my last entry!

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Remembering My Why

Remembering my why. It’s something I’ve been thinking about these last few months. Well, I was in the hospital recently and it made me remember.

My why is that if I work from home, I can recover easier and not worry about going back to an office! It’s as simple as that! During my recent hospital stay, I was not just reminded of it. It helped me to know I can still do this! Work in Jammies was started not as just a blog. It was started to promote a wonderful idea that has become even more popular in recent time.

The most important thing about remembering my why is that I can now continue to work towards it. I’m planning on posting more here and going forward. I will be able to devote more time to this amazing pursuit. When the wheel of fortune turns, one must ride with it lol.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting things about affiliate marketing, another direct sales entry, and an interview with my mom who works from home as a travel agent! Once I start rolling again, there will be no stopping me. I hope it inspires whoever reads this blog because it’s all about them too!

Keys to Remember Your Why

  1. Think about it
  2. Build your support system
  3. Go for it!

I’m waiting for the one I love to get home while writing this and I know I’ll be able to reinvent myself and this blog again! No more excuses of no time. I’m ready to take this blog to the next level. Stay tuned to see the amazing things that Working In Jammies has in store next! Personally, I find it quite comfortable!

If you want to refresh your memory about my last article, click here!

Creating a Comfortable Work Environment

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Creating a comfortable work environment is a key to success if you work in your jammies. There are many things an entrepreneur can do when setting up their workspace. Sometimes it’s as simple as finding the right chair. Whatever you decided to do, make sure it’s comfortable for you and makes it easy to work.

Here are a few tips for creating a comfortable work environment:

  1. Use one room as your office.
  2. Close the door and minimize distractions.
  3. If you can, keep the kids occupied for a set timeframe.
  4. Set up your laptop or computer in a comfortable spot.
  5. Have soft music playing or the tv on if you wish.

These are just a few tips. Something else to keep in mind is that your work environment is just that, a workspace. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it.

If you don’t try to set it up in a fun and enjoyable way, you won’t want to work there. It’s like being in a cubicle. We all decorate our office cubes to reflect our personality. If you don’t do that for your work at home environment, you’re going to be unhappy.

While working in your jammies is a fun way to work, considerations as to the environment must be taken into account. It’s important to not only be able to work in this environment comfortably, but also for potentially extended periods of time.

Here is a great desk I found on Amazon that would make any home office more comfortable

Here is a great article on setting up a great workspace.

There are always a variety of things to consider when creating a great work at home environment. These are just a few of those things. When you get ready to set up your work in jammies home office, do what’s comfortable for you while keeping it as professional as possible.

To view my last entry, click here!