My Exact Client On-Boarding Process

I’ve received quite a number of questions regarding how I work with clients. As my web design business has grown, I’ve learned that having specific, organized systems in place is the best way to to ensure my clients are happy, involved and informed about their project. Most of my clients come from referrals, Facebook groups, and Instagram, but I’m starting to explore other avenues of networking to connect with potential clients, which I’ll be sure to post about in the near future. In the meantime, this week I’m laying out the exact blueprint I use when I get ready to work on new projects, and I’ve also created a quick cheatsheet for you too!

Scheduling a Free 1:1 Consultation Call

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After our initial connection, I have all prospective clients schedule a call with me via Calendly. I simply share my link with them and they choose a time that works best for their schedule based on my availability I set when I created my Calendly account. I typically suggest they choose my 45 minute service consultation where I ask a series of questions to learn more about them, their brand, and what they’re looking for in a web or graphic design. I also thoroughly go over the services I offer, the project timeline/process, and leave time at the end to address any questions they have before we move forward.

If a client isn’t quite sure what type of service they need and require a bit more guidance, I suggest they choose my 1-hour strategy call so we can dive deeper into their brand. Some calls take less than the designated time while others take up the entire slot. It truly varies from person to person; either way, offering these free consultations have made a massive difference in my business, and have freed up a lot of time and extra work on my end. They also allow me to connect with my prospective clients on a much deeper, more personal level, rather than simply chatting over email or social media.

While my consultations are done over the phone, video chatting via Zoom is another option. You can always leave that as an option for your clients, or you can choose whichever method you are most comfortable with.

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Creating and Sending Contracts

When we decide to move forward with working together, the next step in my on-boarding process is sending over the client contract. When I first started freelancing I didn’t have any contracts in place. Huge mistake on my part! Contracts ensure that you are protecting your work and yourself, while clearly stating the terms and agreements of your services. I now use Bonsai to create all of my contracts. I love Bonasai because it’s super easy to use; you can choose a template and customize it according to your services and all signatures are done electronically. Bonsai does a great job of guiding you through the entire process of setting up your contract before you send it over to a client. Just make sure to read over it carefully before hitting send!

Sending Security Deposit Invoices

When I send over the contract, I also send over the client’s first invoice. I require a non-refundable security deposit of 50% of the total investment before I begin any work on a project. On very rare occasions I offer customized payment plans, but for the most part I structure my invoicing at 50% up front, and 50% after the project is completed, before final files are handed over to the client.

Inviting to Client Project in Asana (with Tutorial)

Using a project management tool not only keeps me organized and on top of all my client projects, but it allows my clients to track the progression of their project and communicate with me quickly. I used to do all communication via email, but this method became confusing, disorganized, and left room for errors or missed files. After a client signs their contract and pays their invoice, I then send them an invite to their project in Asana and provide them with a quick (under 5 minutes) tutorial on how to use this tool. Once they’re signed up with their free Asana account, I assign them any tasks they need to complete throughout their project so they know what I need from them. I also add in deadlines for both of us so we can stay on schedule.

There are a number of project management tools out there, but Asana has been my favorite so far. Not only do I like how easy it is for me to navigate but my clients find it easy and enjoy using it too!

Creating and Sending Out Client Questionnaire

Even though I have a pretty in depth conversation with my clients during our consultation calls, I also have them fill out a questionnaire once they’re set up in Asana. This is one of the first tasks I assign to them, and is required for them to complete before I start designing their project. I set up all my questionnaires in Google Forms, add the link to the task in Asana, and print them out once they’re completed so I can quickly reference them throughout the design process. I also suggest that clients create a Pinterest board for inspiration, but leave this as optional as some clients aren’t comfortable with Pinterest. If a client doesn’t want to use Pinterest, I ask them to upload inspiration images or files to their designated task in Asana so I can get a better understanding of their design preferences.

Beginning the Design Process

Once all preliminary tasks are completed, I look over everything with a fine-tooth comb to make sure I have everything I need to start the project. I remain in close communication with my clients throughout the design process, and update them as the project progresses. My turnaround time varies by project, but I make sure to have specific deadlines for each milestone of the process.

Having these systems in place prior to the start of each project allows me to stay organized and on-time with multiple, on-going client projects. If you are a current or aspiring freelancer or service-based business owner, I highly recommend finding a system that works for you and your clients. You may find that my process is a great fit for your brand, or you may find that a variation of this process provides you with what you need; to help you get started, don’t forget to download the free cheatsheet to set up your on-boarding process for your new clients! If you have your own system that works well for you, I’d love to hear about it!

xxElizabeth


what no one tells you about leaving your 9-5

If you’re active on social media I’m sure you’ve seen countless posts from work-from-home bloggers, business owners, and network marketers talking about how incredible their life is now that they work for themselves. I’ve certainly shared many times how much happier I am now that I am no longer stuck working a job that was truly sucking the life out of me, but the reality is it isn’t always unicorns and rainbows every day. It is hard, stressful, and often unpredictable, especially when you are first starting out.

I speak very little of my teaching career here, other than how unhappy I was the last couple of years at my job. The truth is, I LOVED teaching when I first started. It was everything I worked for. Heck, I even went and got a Master’s degree for it. You know going into the field of education that it isn’t going to be an easy or high paying career; what no one tells you though is just how hard it can get. How it can take a toll on your body, mind and spirit. How it can break you into a million pieces and take you away from the people you love and care about. I think the same goes for many other fields, especially if you are miserable at work every day.

But the other thing no one tells you is how much you’ll miss everyone you worked with when you leave. I miss my coworkers so much it hurts sometimes. They were my family. They were my home away from home during the day. We endured so much together. I miss my former students. I miss hearing about their weekends. I miss hearing them call my name and telling me they need me to help them tie their shoes or help them solve a conflict with their friends. I miss drying their tears that hurt my heart every time I saw them fall from their eyes. I miss celebrating small victories and watching them hit milestones that no one but a teacher could understand. I miss their voices, their funny little mannerisms, and their innocence.

I miss them all so much, and some days I wish I could be back with everyone just one last time — but then I remember that I had to do something really big and scary and put myself first. A lot of things were changing that were out of my control while I was still there. I spent a lot of days crying in the bathroom while the kids were at their humanities classes. I’d lock the door, sink down to the floor and just cry — wishing I could be at home. When things changed the passion I once had started to deteriorate. I was no longer happy with what I was doing in my career and that wasn’t fair to my students, coworkers or MYSELF. I lost a part of me in the last couple of years, but in the last few months since I left, I gained part of myself back.

If you’re a teacher, I applaud you. I have the utmost respect for you. In many ways you are stronger than me for holding one of the most difficult jobs in the world. You do things no one will ever understand or appreciate. But the moral of this story is this: if you don’t love it, leave it. And if you finally decide to leave it don’t ever stop when things get tough. You simply cannot put a price on your happiness or sanity. It may not be an easy road all the time, but I can promise you it’s worth it. I will always cherish the good memories I had from my teaching career, and will always appreciate the difficult moments because they made me a better, stronger person in the long run. I’m grateful for where it all led me to today, and I wouldn’t change a single thing.

Whether you are considering leaving your career to work for yourself, or have already left, you are going to experience so many highs and lows. You’ll want to celebrate the highs and will likely consider giving up with the lows are really low. To be honest, there have been many times when I’ve said to myself: “WTF am I doing!?” and I know there will be moments where I say it again. I’ve lied awake at night worrying whether or not I’d be able to pay my bills or keep my business afloat, and I’ve shed many, many tears.

But when you choose to work for yourself, you have to have unshakeable determination and belief in yourself. There are going to be people who question your decision, people who will doubt you and judge you. There are going to be insanely challenging moments that will test your strength — don’t let those moments break you. Remember why you started working for yourself in the first place, and let that push you onward. I am so lucky to have an amazing support system of friends, family members and my significant other who want to see me succeed and who believe in me; I realize not everyone is that lucky.

There are a few things I wish I would have done differently before I left my job that would have made things a bit easier now that I’m on my own (more on that later), but I can’t go back and change that. All I can do is learn from it and use my experiences to help other people through this blog, which is what inspired me to start How She Does It in the first place.

Despite these challenges that come with working for myself, it makes me so happy to do something I’m truly passionate about. I am forever grateful that I get to wake up every morning and work from the comfort of my own home, make my own schedule, and live my life on my on terms. I can’t imagine things any differently now, and made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would do whatever it takes to be my own boss.

xx Elizabeth

If you are an entrepreneur I’d love to hear from you. I’ve been looking for individuals to guest post here to share their experiences about life after leaving their 9-5s. If you’re interested in guest posting, please send me an email at howshedoesitco@gmail.com

how to make extra money online

Growing a profitable blog or business can certainly earn you money online, but those options take a ton of time, hard work, and require some sort of upfront cost. I always tell people if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. You might be running a business, growing your blog, going to school, or working full-time at your 9-5 but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn a little extra side income while you juggle your other responsibilities.

I’ve rounded up a few apps and websites that I have personally used or am planning on using to earn some extra cash. These options are completely free to sign up and can be done in your pockets of time. If you have some time to spare — while you’re commuting on public transportation, waiting at the airport, at the doctor’s office, etc. — you can earn a little extra cash pretty easily.

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SwagBucks — This is hands down my absolute favorite way to earn easy side income. I have the app on my phone but also use their website fairly often. Swag Bucks awards you points (known as SB) for shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, and conducting online searches. There are so many ways to earn SB. You can then redeem your points for free gift cards or PayPal cash. It is so easy to use and can actually be pretty fun to complete some of the tasks. You can sign up here and start earning points right away!

Inbox Dollars — I love this app for many reasons. One being that it’s the perfect thing to do when you’re winding down for the night and watching TV. Another being that it is really simple to use. Similar to Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars has you take surveys to earn cash. You have to reach at least $30 though until they pay out, which does take quite a bit of time to get to that point. I usually spend about 30 minutes to an hour taking surveys. You have to qualify for each survey, and most of them earn you anywhere from $0.10 to $0.50. Some will pay up to $5 but I have yet to qualify for one of those higher earning surveys. Some surveys will take you as little as just a few minutes to complete while others will take upwards of 15 minutes. Even when you don’t qualify for a survey you can earn free spins that will allow you to earn some extra change or credit towards bonuses. If you prefer accessing Inbox Dollars through their website, you can watch videos, complete offers and other small tasks in addition to completing surveys. You can use this link to sign up here.

Survey Junkie — This is another company I’ve enjoyed using. It’s similar to Swag Bucks and Inbox Dollars: you complete surveys, earn points, and then redeem them for cash or e-gift cards. Like the others, you can start earning points right away just by completing your user profile and confirming your e-mail address. You can start redeeming your cash once you’ve earned at least $10 (or 1000 points). Again, survey times vary — I’ve seen ones that can take up to 45 minutes but obviously pay out higher points. Some surveys will “fill up” and you won’t be able to participate, but there are plenty of others you can try to complete. You can visit their site to sign up and start earning.

Ebates — I’ve been able to earn a decent amount of cash back through Ebates over the last couple of years. If you purchase anything online, you need this. Even if you’re booking hotels through certain travel websites like Expedia you can earn cash back. Once you sign up, you can search their available offers or you can install their button to your browser and it will alert you of offers when you visit participating websites. I never purchase anything online without checking Ebates first! They also have an app that you can use if you’re on your phone. You won’t be able to collect pay-outs right away though; they send them through PayPal or check every few months. You can sign up through my link here to see their available offers before you shop!

GigWalk — This app gives you a task to complete at a specific location, usually in the form of taking a photo and submitting it and/or completing a survey in relation to the task. Most gigs that I’ve seen pay $5 for completed tasks, but I’ve seen some that pay $15. This does require a bit more leg work on your end, and some of the qualifications for certain gigs are very specific. This could just be dependent upon your location, though. You can download the app or sign up online.

Easy Shift — In the same realm as GigWalk, Easy Shift provides you with tasks based on your location. You’ll visit a store, snap a few photos of displays and earn cash in return. Depending on what your work schedule is like, you could essentially spend a few hours driving around to different locations and earn a decent chunk of cash. They will even notify you when there’s a new shift in your area. Once you reserve a location for your task, you have 24 hours to complete your shift. You can download their app through the App Store or Google Play.

Fiverr — If you’re fairly creative and have a bit more time on your hands, you can sign up to do some freelance work on Fiverr. I personally haven’t tried Fiverr out yet, but I know many people who have loved it and have been pretty successful with it (seriously there are people who do this as their full-time job). You can set up freelance gigs for writing, video editing, voiceovers, and so much more. They have over 100 categories you can browse through to get ideas for what to sell. Once you’re signed up, you’ll create your gig, offer your work, and get paid for it once a customer places an order. You can sign up to start creating gigs on Fiverr here.

While this certainly isn’t a FULL list of all the possible ways to make money online, these are great places to start to earn some extra cash. While companies like Fiverr, Easy Shift and GigWalk require a bit more effort and time, the survey sites are perfect for anyone to start using and earning right away. Of course it will take a bit of time to rack up enough points to meet the minimum payout requirements for some of these companies, but any bit of extra cash can help! I’ll be updating this list as I explore additional options, so if you have any recommendations that you’ve used feel free to let me know!

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how to start your blog or business | part I

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I absolutely love working from home now. I love the freedom, the flexibility, the lack of dress code…BUT (of course they’re a but), it’s not all unicorns and rainbows all the time. Working from home and being your own boss is something so many of us dream about. It’s this fantasy we play out in our minds — we’ll leave our corporate jobs and work for ourselves and be able to do whatever the eff we want, whenever we want. But I think what many people don’t realize is that it is so. freaking. hard. It’s hard when you don’t have a typical routine. And it’s even harder when you realize you aren’t totally sure if you’ll be able to make enough money every month to cover your bills and expenses.

All that being said, it is totally possible, and I’m here to lead by example to tell you exactly how I was able to go from teaching full time to working for myself full time. It wasn’t an easy road to get here (and it still isn’t easy), but it is 1000% worth it.

My job as a teacher was sucking the life out of me. I was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. Only six years into my career and I was already burnt out. I knew if I stayed where I was, I would eventually be compromising my health and happiness. While the steady (but very small) paychecks and benefits were nice, I had to put myself first and do something risky: leave. And I did just that.

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Based on my experience, I’ve started a series for you on how you can start your brand — whether that be in the form of a blog or a business. Today’s post will go over some things to do in the very beginning stages, and the posts that will follow will be increasingly more specific. All that being said, here is my advice for those of you chasing your dreams of working for yourself, and the first steps you need to take:

  1. Decide. Do you want to run a product or service-based business? Do you want to start a blog? Pick ONE of those things to start with. If you love blogging but have a specific product that you make and people love, choose one or the other to devote your time and attention to when you’re first starting out. Trying to grow two new things at once will just be too overwhelming. If you want to start blogging first and focus on growing that platform, you can always introduce a product later on down the road once you’ve established yourself and grown your audience. Same goes for starting a business. For me, my hobby of making natural bath and body products grew into a business, and once I was able to grow my brand I knew I was ready to start blogging again. I was at a really good place in my business that I felt like I could juggle the two without going crazy or overwhelming myself.

  2. Determine what you will sell or blog about. Does your product or service solve a problem? Who will want or need to buy it? These are two key questions that you need to ask yourself if you are going to start a product or service based business. Ultimately, your product or service will fulfill a need for your potential customers or clients. Think about what type of customer or client would be likely to purchase what you’re offering. To give you an example with my business, I was tired of buying expensive bath and body products that were filled with harmful chemicals and questionable ingredients, and I knew other people were too. I also wanted to find a way to give affordable gifts to my family and friends for the holidays and special occasions. After some research and lots of trial and error with ingredients, Lotus Soap Shop was born. Now, I’ve had customers tell me my scrubs have helped their eczema, psoriasis, and other skin-related issues. It solved a problem for people and fulfilled a need.

    Blogging is slightly different, but can certainly still help solve a problem and fulfill a need. When you find yourself wanting to start a blog, the important questions to ask there are: what am I passionate about? What can I offer to my future readers that will be of value to them? What do I want them to take away from my blog? This is your “niche.” I actually really, really hate that word, niche, because sometimes I don’t believe it’s always necessary to pre-determine your niche when you sit down to start your blog. I’ve had several blogs over the last decade, and it took me a long time to finally figure out what I truly wanted to write about that would be beneficial to others. When I started this blog, I told myself to just start. To just write whatever was on my heart and from there I would find my “niche.” And guess what? I did. I started to see a pattern in the content I was creating and realized I wanted to take it and run with it. There is so much I could say pertaining to this specific topic, so I will add another detailed post about that in the near future.

  3. Establish Your Target Market/Audience. Who do you envision reading your blog or using your product? What is the age range you are targeting? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they like to do? Think about your ideal customer, client, or reader and cater to them. I often browse Pinterest and create a private board to come up with a target market “profile” that will help keep me on track.

  4. Create your brand name. This one is always tricky. Luckily, coming up with Lotus Soap Shop was a no-brainer for me. The name was inspired by a tattoo of a lotus flower I had gotten a couple months before I started my business, and I knew I wanted to incorporate that into my brand. How She Does It didn’t come as easily. I had previously named this blog Blissfitly because I was focusing on health and fitness topics at that time. When I changed the direction of this blog, the name How She Does It literally came to me while I was trying to fall asleep one night, and now here we are.

    My advice to you if you’re stuck on a brand name, is to write down whatever ideas you already have, and use a thesaurus to help you come up with different variations of those ideas. Seeing everything on paper will help spark some creativity.

  5. Make Sure Your Brand Name Isn’t Already Taken. So you’ve established what you’re going to sell or blog about and now you’ve come up with this really awesome name for your brand. You are SO excited to introduce it to the world! But then you enter it into google or Instagram and see it’s already taken. UGH! I’ve been there and it really sucks. But sometimes it’s as simple as adding an additional word to the end of your brand name (@howshedoesit was already taken on Instagram so I changed it to @howshedoesit.co which is the same as my domain name), or making some minor adjustments; other times it’s not so easy. Find out before you start a new Instagram, or make any sort of graphics for your new brand. Once you’ve established your brand name, grab your domain name and social media accounts (more on these specifics soon).

  6. Set Up a Pinterest Account. I’m OBSESSED with Pinterest. It’s no secret that Pinterest is one of the best tools you can use to drive traffic to your blog or website, and in my opinion, I think it’s even better than using Instagram for that purpose. There’s a post coming that talks all about Pinterest, but for right now, once you have your brand name ready, sign up on Pinterest. If you have already chosen a domain name and started setting up a website, you will definitely want to create a business account so you have access to your analytics, and so your followers can be directed to your website. I’ll be doing a full tutorial on how to do this soon, and why you need to do this for your brand.

  7. Work On Your Blog or Business in Your Free Pockets of Time. When I was teaching full time I would use every free second to work on my business. This meant getting up earlier, staying up later, and working on weekends. It meant forgoing plans sometimes. Even if I had just five minutes of uninterrupted time, you bet your ass I was working on my business. I was so determined to leave my job, and I loved my business I was creating so much that I would do whatever it took to grow it, even if that meant being insanely sleep deprived. You have to want this to work so badly and have to put in countless hours of your precious time. Your determination and dedication to building your brand has to be so unshakeable that it will withstand any and all skepticism, desires for sleep, and moments of self-doubt. If you’re not willing to do that, then this might not be right for you. But if you are, figure out where you can fit in the extra work. If you can work on your lunch break, your commute, etc. that will really pay off in the long run.

  8. Be Ready for Criticism. I was very lucky to have a lot of support when I started telling people I was leaving my job to go full-time in my business. Even my boss was supportive of my decision and understood my reasons for leaving. I have had plenty of people though think I was completely crazy, and people who just didn’t understand my choices. Pay these people no mind. You need to stay laser focused on your blog or your business, and you simply just don’t have time for any negativity or judgement that will come your way. Surround yourself with those who support you, and find other creatives who will lift you up. There are a lot of great Facebook groups out there for small business owners and bloggers who are in your same position.

  9. Find Helpful Resources. Look through Pinterest, blogs, Facebook groups, personal development books, listen to Podcasts, watch YouTube videos — always be open to learning more about your “niche”. Look for information on growing a business or growing a blog, but don’t stop working on yourself either. I did a post on my favorite books for personal development, and there are some great books in there for bloggers and business owners, too.

These nine steps are so important at the beginning of your new blog or business venture. They will lay the foundation for the other steps that will be outlined in this series; steps that I personally followed and continue to follow as my brand and blog expand. Wherever you are in your quest to become your own boss, stay focused, stayed determined, and always believe in yourself. Keep putting in the hard work and you just may find yourself right where you want to be sooner than you think.

xxElizabeth

how to manage your time when working from home

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As a former teacher, having the summers off to work on my small business gave me a taste of the independence and flexibility that I desperately longed for. When school was in session my head was often in the clouds dreaming of the day I could go full-time in my business. I would rush home from teaching so I could get to work on my business and often stay up late into the night getting things done. I decided earlier this year to leave my teaching career, and have since been working from home full time for the last couple of months. As I've embarked on this new journey, I've learned just how much discipline it requires to have this opportunity. 

If you're aspiring to work from home some day, or if you're already working from home but struggling to find a rhythm, I've come up with a few helpful tips to make your days more productive:

1. Establish a morning routine. If you don't have one already, you need to get one. Having a solid morning routine sets the tone for the day. I'm a total night owl, so I usually get up later in the morning, but that doesn't mean a routine goes out the window.

I like to take my mornings slow -- I usually get up, brush my teeth, wash my face, and head downstairs to make coffee. Then I'm back upstairs to make my bed while I watch TV or listen to a podcast. Once that's done, I sit down to spend some time working on my computer -- answering emails, updating my website, blogging, etc. I usually give myself an hour or so to do any computer work before I get started on the other aspects of my business. Find what works for you -- whether that's getting up and meditating, cleaning, working out, or doing some reading before you get started with the rest of your day.

2. Change your clothes. Of course one of the many perks of working from home is that you can wear whatever you want. You can totally wear yoga pants all day if you really want to, but it's important to actually change out of what you wore to bed, even if it's just to put a fresh set of comfy clothes on. If you find the yoga pants uniform is hindering your motivation, try changing into something a little less lazy-chic and a little more business casual.

3. Set up your space. I make serious effort to keep my work spaces clean and bright. A messy work space gives me anxiety and makes me super unproductive. By keeping my space clean and organized, I find I'm more productive and less distracted. I know where all of my materials are and can easily access them when I need them. That being said, there are days when I need a break from my space -- heading to a local coffee shop, library or community work space are great options when you need a change of scenery. 

4. Keep a list. I'm a huge fan of lists -- but keeping a massive to do list of EVERYTHING I need to get done can make it seem like I don't accomplish much each day. So instead, I focus on a shorter, more specific, and more manageable to do list each day. I think about what I can tackle during my work day, and what absolutely needs to get done. I do keep a "master list" of bigger tasks that I need to accomplish in the long run, but rather than including "work on blog" I might be more specific on my to-do list and say "work on blog for 30 minutes" or "finish and publish blog post." It's less overwhelming that way, and allows you to really prioritize your work. I created a daily planner that you can download here for FREE.

5Keep a planner. Just like keeping a list, I use a planner to help keep all of my events, blog posts, products orders, and other important dates organized. For whatever reason I can't get used to digital calendars, so I usually purchase a planner from Target or download one I can print out. Whether you prefer a digital or pen-to-paper method, keeping a planner is absolutely necessary when working from home.

6. Work in chunks of time. I can't tell you how much chunking out my tasks has helped me stay focused throughout the day. There are days I literally set a timer for each task to keep myself on track. I like to work in 20-30 minute intervals for most things on my to-do list, especially if they are things I know I will need to work on for several days in a row. Rome wasn't built in a day, and your business or blog won't be either. 

7. Take breaks. This doesn't need much elaboration. We all need them. Take a few minutes between your chunks of time to give your brain and your body a recharge. Do the dishes, throw a load of laundry in, paint your nails, grab a snack -- whatever you need to do to give yourself a break in your day.

8. Get moving. If you incorporate consistent exercise into your routine, great. If not, I highly recommend getting out for a walk, doing some stretching, or finding a type of workout that works best for you and start making it part of your day. Exercising gets those endorphins going, and will certainly help you regain focus when you feel your motivation starting to burn out.

9. Set aside time for YOU. It's easy to get carried away when you work from home. There were many days where I would work from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. I've gotten to the point now where I set an end time so that I can have time to spend with family and do things for myself that are separate from my business. 

10. DON'T forget to EAT. It's easy for me to become so consumed in my work that I unintentionally skip meals. Food is your FUEL and you need to make sure you're nourishing your body. Prepping meals at the beginning of the week, or even as part of your morning routine is an easy way to make sure you're not skipping any meals throughout the day.

Do you work from home? How do you keep yourself organized and productive? Share your personal tips below!