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Working from Home Opportunity - 7 Tips on How to Succeed and Make Your Dream Happen

Updated on December 22, 2014
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1. Avoid distractions!

Working from home means just that—working from home! That sounds obvious, but I think it’s something that all entrepreneurs who set their sights on working from home realize at some point. You have to actually work when you're working from home. Working at home is full of distractions, from the kids to the pets to the television. While working out of your own house has its benefits, it takes discipline to be successful at it.

Okay, so I haven’t been at this very long, but I’m making enough income to get by, and most of it is from home. Besides teaching a local class in person, I teach an online class and spend the rest of the time writing articles (at least for some money!) and exploring how to expand my chosen career from home, namely, freelance writing. I have several tips that I can share about pitfalls to avoid.

2. Put in the time.

I said it before, and it’s worth repeating. If you’re working from home, you have to WORK FROM HOME. Many people won't really understand that you are working full-time just like they are. They might think you are always free for lunch at short notice. Your family may think you are always available to do their bidding. They have to learn that you DO have to work. Your days can’t be filled with running errands, lunches and shopping, or watching soap operas and talk shows. While it might be fun, running around and running the television won’t pay the bills.

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3. Set a schedule.

Just how are you going to schedule your time? You must schedule the hours that you will work in order to discipline yourself to actually work. Think about when you are most alert or most creative. Many freelance writers, like me, get their juices flowing late at night. That’s when their muse shows up! Others get fired up in the early morning hours. If your home-based business is something such that it requires daytime contacts, then that fact will affect the schedule you choose. I am not an early riser, so I get up around 8:30 or 9:00 a.m., grab a cup of coffee and sometimes breakfast before opening up my laptop and diving into what I need to do for the day. After three or four hours (with some distractions in between), I break for lunch, and sometimes I even take the afternoon off—not every day—to do something with friends or family. When I do, I know that I will probably work three or four hours that evening. Being a night owl works for me. You have to find what works for you.

4. Set specific goals.

Sometimes I find the overall goal of working from home to support myself to be overwhelming. Breaking goals down into specific, manageable tasks has helped me. What are some things you need to do? You might need to update your resume to reflect your new career objective. Write down that step and cross it off when you get that finished. Some of my specific tasks include updating resumes for different types of writing jobs, exploring certain writing sites, choosing a magazine to submit to from my new Writer’s Market book, and taking steps to start my own blog. These are a few of my many specific tasks that I have written down and look to from time to time to keep myself focused. Once you’ve achieved those tasks, make a new list, and go from there.

5. Don't procrastinate.

Making lists will help you avoid procrastination, as you will have your game plan right in front of you in black and white. Otherwise, it’s easy to put things off. You might blow off returning those phone calls--and lose business. You might tell yourself you’ll look at that website later or that there is plenty of time to update your resume. You don’t know that. You might be unprepared if you don’t do those important things now rather than later. You’ll find, too, that you’ll get much more done if you start thinking that you will “do it now." Make that mentality a habit. Along the way, you will build a reputation, too, of someone who takes care of business.

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6. Enjoy your breaks.

It's okay to take more breaks than you would at a traditional 9 to 5 job. After all, you are working from home, and there are benefits, so enjoy them. I love being at home, even when I’m working. I love having my pets around me when I’m writing. I enjoy getting up for a cup of coffee, or going out into the backyard for a quick walk around with my dog. I love taking an afternoon off occasionally and going to a flea market with a friend. It’s okay to take advantage of something you may have dreamed of for years—working from home. Enjoy some of the perks, and you may find that working from home is even more fulfilling than you could ever have imagined.

7. Keep at it!

Working from home may not be for everybody, bu I love it! I am getting more focused and more organized as the months go by. I am making more income than I did starting out and am working on ways to increase that amount. I’m getting by for now, and that is really what matters, as working from home is for me. This is something I love, and I plan to follow my own advice to make sure it is something at which I’m successful. Perhaps I'll give an update down the road. Check back with me in six months!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You share excellent advice here. I like how you stress the point about working from home. Like you said, everyone (including the home worker) has to realize that even though we are home we still have to work. But, I LOVE working from home and I know for a fact that I will never go back to a nine-to-five job - ever. I'm home for good and loving it.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      So happy to hear that you are living your dream by working from home. I can't wait until that is a full-time dream for me. Right now I only work part-time from home and full-time outside the home. When I start making enough income to replace my day job, I will definitely only work from home. You have inspired me and have given me some ideas as how to be more disciplined. Good luck to your success.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Way to go, Marlene! I haven't "made it" yet, but I'm working on it. I hate the thought of going back into the 9 to 5 traditional job. Ugh. Thanks for the input!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      This has some really good advice. And good that you point out the "work" aspect of the deal. :)

      I am exploring the idea of working from home. My health problems are making it very difficult to work a traditional job. My office job feels like it is killing me! Right now I am treating hubpages as a "second job" to see if I have what is takes. It is a big commitment, but it doesn't feel like work. And I think that is what you "work form home folks" have that I envy so much! Wish me luck!

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      You are a pretty busy gal! You have written an organized hub, full of inspiration for all of your readers! Keep up the good work! ps...take breaks like you said! You will find your voice and it will be heard through the written word!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      creative--I'm working on my dream--haven't made it yet. I was doing part-time and full-time before leaving the full-time job. I'm not sure I'm making enough yet, but I'm getting by. And it's worth it to do my own thing, even though I'm feeling pretty poor right now! LOl!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi Vicki - very good advice! I have been working from home for like 6 years now...I love it and wouldn't trade it for the world. I have a business doing research reports and it is enough work to keep my husband and a few other people busy full time. When we first started out - I remember finding my husband sleeping with his hand feeding a piece of paper in our fax machine:) lol It takes determination and you may have to work lots of hours but neither of us would have it any other way. Listen - we were super poor for a while but if you can stick it out you will make it because you're very good! Since I wasn't sure if the business would be successful I just cut back on everything - no cable tv, cellphones, manicures:) lol I am so glad!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      VickiLynn, good advice. Working from home definitely has its advantages and disadvantages...but then again, so are corporate jobs. It's a matter of knowing which one is important and makes you happy. Good for you woman...I'm glad you are pursuing your dream. I hope I'll be ready to jump into that a few years down the road....maybe when I have kids. :-) Nice hub, thanks for sharing!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great advice Vicki and the parts about scheduling your day are the most important. I did my whole degree at home (4 years!) and it has made me very good at time management. It's all too easy to get distracted - you're proving that with dedication, it can be done.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good luck, DanaTeresa. I am only starting to "make it" right now, but I'm really trying to make it work from home. It's what I've always wanted to do. You're right in that sometimes it doesn't feel like work. Well, at least with HubPages! But I can't make it on HubPages alone, so I'm having to do other things, although I'd love to work on HP all day! Good luck with everything!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Audra. That's nice. I appreciate your encouraging words. I'm keeping after it!!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great hub Vicki! I would vote this awesome multiple times if I could. I will be sharing this with lots of friends and family who really still don't understand what my schedule is like at all. I agree with all of your points and hope to keep making working at home more profitable each month. I am also a night owl and keep almost the same hours that you do. A lot of people think it's crazy, but I get so much done from 8-11PM every day.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      My biggest problem so far is procrastination but luckily I can work really fast and do well under deadlines. I work better early morning such as 2 AM, other than that everyone else (my fiancé and brother in law) knows not to bother me when I am working or they will get a very miserable person!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm trying, Kelly! I just gotta make sure I can pay the bills! I feel that I will get there if I keep working at it. I love the story about your husband and the fax machine. haha--That is great! Research reports, huh? that sounds interesting. I don't know all that I'll be doing yet, but I'm exploring the possibilities. Thanks for your great comments. Have a great day!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Turtle. I'm been in the semi-corporate world. This is much better! Not as much income, but better so far. We'll see how it goes. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jools--I'm working on it. Yes, scheduling makes all the difference!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Random--Maybe it will help your friends and family understand. I mean, if we're working at home, we have to work to bring in the income. It's amazing how many people think we have all the free time in the world. Thanks for the input--and validation!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Victoria...Don't know how long you've been at this, but you definitely have it down to a fine and accurate science!! Jim & I have put our blood, sweat, tears, & years of career experience into our Home-based businesses for a little over a dozen years now.

      I am so impressed with the info you pass on here, I wouldn't change a thing. You are destined for success, Victoria.

      Number 4...uh-oh! I've made my public confession On hubPages...but I've increased my talents at convincing someone else to pick up my slack.....I say that counts as OJT!!!! Only works if you're the boss...LOL!

      Up +++

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      I used to have my computer set up at home so I could bring up the office network and work at home on weekends. That saved me from a trip to the office during busy season. I had to meet deadlines, so I WORKED! Then came the policy of paying only half salary for an hour's work -- four hours pay for eight hours work. That didn't last long with me, but it did prove to me that I can work at home if I want to set up my own freelance business. Good hub.

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Hey, Victoria Lynn. I don't see you returning to the 9-5 rat race. There is a certain freedom to working for yourself, and not everyone has the discipline to work from home. My friends who are housewives always took advantage of being stay-at-home moms. I sorta learned from them. They had everything done by noon or sooner, so that left their schedules clear to do what they wanted to do. They got together, traveled places or enrolled in classes. I could never understand their schedules until I found myself retired. Once you leave the 9-5, most likely, you will do anything not to return. Now that you know what staying at home and writing away is like, I'm sure you'll find a way to continue. I have no desire to return to 9-5 and being around unhappy people. I will not return for any reason. It's been over 10 years for me.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Vicki, yes, people seem to think that it doesn't actually involve working!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I need to tack this on the wall in front of me. Great suggestions! I do tend to procrastinate at times and need to set a solid schedule to follow. Also, sometimes I get so involved in working that I forget to take breaks. If it wasn't for my husband making lunch, I probably would miss it many times. Thanks for the good advice.

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      eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

      Great article Victoria! It's good to see it plain and clear that working from home means just that and raising the pros and cons. It definitely seems like something I could explore and I need to work on my time management and scheduling. The flexibility would be amazing. I hate the rat race :(

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Victoria, great advice! Like you, I have started working at home and have found it overwhelming at first. I like what you say about making lists for your goals and getting things done. I am finding I need to get more organized in my efforts and I know that will help my time at home be more effective.

      I also love your advice to enjoy the perks. I find that because I'm home all the time, I feel like I should be working at it all the time, and forget to take the time to relax, too. Awesome hub!!! I am sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the link buddy; great hub as usual!

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      Rachael Cleveland 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      Great hub! I found this very useful. It really is hard work and lots of it, but the perks can outweigh the cons.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

      Awesome advice Victoria Lynn. It is advice that is applicable to newbies on HP as well. Well written article.

      JT

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. It is very true people think that work from home is an easy job and people who do this have all the time in the world. Working from home needs a lot of concentration, time and effort.in fact it is more tough than a regular job, I guess. Voted up.

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      Injured lamb 4 years ago

      Well, you are so right Vicky, especially this that sounds so familiar..."your family may think you are always available to do their bidding...",thanks for the advice for which we have to "stick" for our achievement.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This an interesting check list to go by, Victoria. Working from home has not to be confused with being at home and does take more discipline than an office job because of more distractions at home. Nice useful tips these!

      Voted up, useful.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cardisa--I do procrastinate some, too. I let distractions get the best of me. I'm learning, though. It's good that your people know when to stay away from you so you can work!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I haven't been doing it long, effer, but I'm trying to learn fast! Thanks for your vote of confidence. That means so much! I'm determined!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      GoshMizB, that didn't sound fair--8 hours for half pay! At least you DO know you CAN work at home! Thanks for the comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Arlene, it is so enjoyable! Right now, though, I need to make more than I am. I have a cushion in savings, but I still have a big mortgage,and I need some breathing room. But you're right in that I'll probably do everything I can to keep from returning to the 9 to 5! I can still teach online and pick up another class, maybe, to help. That still feels like I'm doing my own thing! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Random--I know! It's almost funny...

      teaches--I am still working on the NOT procrastinating part! Sounds like you're doing fine with things!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Really great informative hub. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      eatforcheaper--Yes, the flexibility in working from home is nice, but does require discipline. I hate the rat race, too! Even though working from home is a busy lifestyle, it's so much different from the traditional rat race!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      PrairieP--It's still kind of overwhelming for me, but I'm working out a system and getting more efficient. Thanks for the share!

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      qmfaisal 4 years ago from Dhaka

      Great hub! I would like to add one point though- patience. Many people get started thinking of gaining wealth overnight, which is actually not true. For any legitimate earning you need certain set of skills which can be acquired only through getting into the job. Regrettably many people loses their interest after a couple weeks when they see the flow of payment is not as fluent as they have seen in a sales page. So no matter whether you are blogging, selling affiliate products or freelancing with your respective skill- you need to give it time. It's just like nurturing a plant :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome for the link, Bill. You have inspired me, so I thought I'd share you with others! Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rmclever. That's what I think, too! Good luck with your online tutoring. I saw that on your profile. Great idea!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, JT. Much appreciated. Good to see you!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur--Perhaps working from home is tougher as far as making yourself set a schedule and stick to it--and sometimes having to tell people NO, I'm WORKING! Still, I think the benefits outweigh the negatives.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you can relate, injured lamb. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rajan. You are exactly right!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, crazyhorsesghost! I appreciate it!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      qmfaisal--That is so true! Patience is key. If it's something a person loves doing, as I do writing, patience shouldn't be too difficult. At least, I'm hoping! Thanks so much for the insightful comments!

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      Pov 4 years ago from phnom penh

      Really good advice. I like the way you release your idea in here. Thank so much for your sharing.

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      LivingFood 4 years ago

      These are excellent tips! I'm guilty of number 4 especially when it is a job that I'm not very fond of, such as editing articles. For some reason I can always find a million other things to do. Thanks for the nudge and inspiration to do better. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      povmang--You're welcome.Glad you think so!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LivingFood--I know what you mean. I've been distracted this morning and have to remind myself to follow my own tips to go ahead and get things done--especially the things I'm not really fond of doing! Thanks for the feedback!

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      whiteorchids 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise

      You have to set goals and have to stick to them. Sad thing with me I don't clock out. :( Informative and fantastic as always! :)

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great tips... according to this... I so don't have the personality to work from home... I procastinate, I have no schedule! LOL... although I will admit my first job is my kids and that seems to be the biggest distraction. Good thing though we don't rely on my income. That being said, I will definitely keep these tips in mind in case I decide to consider my writing an actual job! For now - it is my escape from the kids! :) Great hub and great tips! Voted up and all around and shared!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Thanks for writing this! I get up at 5-530 am to work before my kids wake up then wait until rest time to work again. Then after I put them to bed at night I'm back at my computer most evenings. I've always been a hard worker but freelance writing is very time consuming. I have to admit it is what I was born to do so I really don't mind the work! Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      whiteorchids--I'm having a hard time clocking out at times, too! Thanks for reading!

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      editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

      Great Hub. It is difficult to get the right balance between work and taking breaks. I find that because I am working from home it is not so easy to break the chains that append my hands to the laptop!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      barbergirl--You seem to do well even with procrastination, as you produce a lot of hubs and are very involved. I appreciate your reading and commenting here--and sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, kelley, I'm impressed that you can keep up such a schedule. Way to go! Freelance writing does take a lot of time, that's for sure. But if we love the work...it doesn't always feel like work. Thanks for the great comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I know what you mean, editorsupremo. I worked most of the day, took an afternoon break, and got back to the computer this evening. Hard to break away!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Staying away from distractions is my biggest challenge. When I have to write an article and have a deadline to submit it, I hate when I get sidetracked. It always seems to happen; it's either Facebook, a website with some intriguing headlines, or a news ad flashing, or an -email. An article I could write in perhaps 30 minutes ends up becoming 2 hours long!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I hear ya, alexadry! Some days there are just WAY too many distractions. It can be really tough working from home. Thanks for coming by.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Good information on how to be disciplined if you chose to work from home. Well done, Victoria! :) Voted up and sharing.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very useful! Thanks for the tips.

      Have a good day. :-)

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      Trevor Basile 4 years ago from Rockaway, NJ

      Great. I have a job when I have to I can work from home and I have found that I have a hard time focusing. Lots of good advice here. Thanks for the great read

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the info Victoria. For now, writing articles and stuff will have to remain part time due to full time employment. Still there may come a time when I will need these tips.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, TT! Sometimes it's hard to fight those distractions!!! Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, ignugent17. Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TrevorBasile--You've got that right. It really is hard to focus sometimes! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Angelo, I sort of accidentally found myself with four classes to teach this fall! From two different colleges, so it's still "part-time" even though it's full-time. I'm working hard to be as efficient as possible so that I can continue to write. I, too, though, have had to limit the writing. I still hope to be full-time one day. I have to still limit distractions at home to find time for writing and doing my online classes, plus all my planning and grading at home. Thanks for the input!

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      Kevin J Timothy 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      While the kids are at school I like to turn on some sports talk radio to help me zone out on tasks. Either that, or some classical. It's tougher than the average person thinks....and really, if you don't be careful you will end up working from home 7 days a week.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Kevin, it's very tough. I'm working out (at the university) some now but also a lot at home. I find myself working 7 days a week, with sometimes a break on Saturday.

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      nightnight 4 years ago from UK

      Really enjoyed your article. I'm just getting started online but it looks like you need a lot of focus! :/ Thanks for sharing your advice.

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      Abe Mortillaro 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      good advice. thank you very much.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Abe! Hope it helps!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      This is such a good article Miss Vicki. Working from home has been such a reward for me. After many years in the accounting field, I love to spend time at home. I totally agree with you one one point and some people tend to forget, that working from home means working from home.. you still need to put in the hours if you want to be a success. The hard work still needs to be done, but the rewards are 100 x greater! Love the hub and love you! Thumbs up and shared!!!!!

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      Janelle 4 years ago from Houston

      You definitely need to schedule time in your day just like you would if you were working in an office setting. Otherwise there is always that danger of watching TV or doing a million other things! Nice hub, voted up!

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      When I quit my Bank job and took up freelancing many of my friends thought that I am crazy. Now when they see me earning ten fold of what they earn, they are all praises for me. Now I work when I want to work and Party/holiday when I want. With no Boss looking over my shoulder, I am happy today.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rustic--I'm working from home plus teaching classes away from home. Even when I'm working hard and ten or more hours per day, I love being home. Yes, the rewards are great. Thanks for the wonderful comments. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      everythingdazzles--You're right; there are so many distractions!!! Thanks for the input!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Anamika--Thanks for sharing your story. You are a fine example of success! That's wonderful!

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      faithbuilder23 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub!!! I have to share this with my husband who "works" from home. This tips can help him stay on track!!!(he gets sidetracked easily) Very good advice!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      faithbuilder23--Hope this helps your husband. It is so, so easy to get sidetracked! :-)

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      Alex Brockie 4 years ago from England

      I am glad you have found a way of making working from home work for you. I agree, it isn't for everyone but once you have found a work pattern that suits your needs, then it can be a very enjoyable experience.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Still working on it, Alex. I'm working hard now with both writing and teaching to get there, but I am still at home more now and loving that part of it. Thanks for your comments!

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      Michelle Booth 4 years ago from UK

      Great tips. I work partly from home and partly from an office, which I find the best of both worlds. Your advice not to procrastinate rings true with me! I think one of the negatives of working from home is people dropping in. I don't like to be rude but it is quite difficult to handle at times!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      mscott45--I hear you! I teach a few college classes, so now I'm working from an office some but mostly from my home. Distractions--and people!--are so hard to handle! Thanks for the input! :-)

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      Chloe West 4 years ago from Charleston

      I would LOVE to be able to work from home! Maybe I can get into freelance one day. Right now I'm still working restaurant and retail...sigh.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      chlxee--keep plugging away! I'm doing a mixture right now with teaching and writing. I accepted too many classes to teach which has pulled me away from home more this semester. I'm still working on getting to where I want to be!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Another awesome hub, Sis! Well-organized and though-out! I do love working from home. Now...if I could convince my rich uncle to fund my efforts, hahah...just kidding. I love this freedom for sure. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC--I love being home, but I've got to get it to pay the bills somehow! I wish I had a rich uncle, for sure! :-)

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      AnnaCia 3 years ago

      Victoria, thank you for the information. Excellent hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, AnnaCia. I appreciate the input.

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