For many bloggers, working from home is just another day at the office. Throw in the complications of keeping your house and workspace clean, with family pets and children running around the house… it’s almost like you have a second job already!
Whether you’ve just decided to begin working from home or you’re in the process of revamping your space, making your home office kid-friendly is essential if you have little ones running around. From cord safety to desk functionality, there are a host of facets to cover to make sure the space works for your aims while keeping your little ones safe.
Below you will find a list of some of the best ways to keep your home office exciting and safe, while also customizing it to call it a place of your own. We’ve also included some of the best resources to help you with the process as well.
Create a Separate Space
If you’re going to be working from home, do what you can to rid yourself of distractions. This ultimately means creating a separate space for yourself, away from the siren’s call of the television, kitchen, or outdoor noise. If you have a room in your house that can be used as your personal office, go that route over choosing to make your space in the dining room or joined with the kids’ playroom. If you’re going to be on the phone, using Skype, or any other form of verbal communication, you’ll want to make sure you can speak uninterrupted, and with kids around that often means closing the door. If you will need to leave your kids for any period of time and shut yourself off into your new office, consider installing a children surveillance cam (CNET reviews top cameras here) in their room or playroom. This way you can check in on them whenever, without having to get up from your desk and work. You can also splurge and get a Wi-Fi cam, so that the footage streams directly to your desktop or laptop.
At the same time, when you are working from home — you really need to focus on your work. The last thing you want is to get up and leave the room a hundred times so you can get drinks, food, or whatever. Having a water cooler in your office is a great way to save time and be refreshed throughout the day. WaterLogic actually recommends a bottle-less water cooler, which provides work at home bloggers and entrepreneurs with the following benefits:
- The water is fresh with every single dispense
- It is a cost-effective option for your business
- It saves you time
- It reduces safety risks
- It helps boost your sustainability profile
Childproofing Your Outlets
Working from home means you likely have various plugs and cords winding around your desk, and little fingers just can’t seem to understand that power outlets are things that shouldn’t be touched. Since you might have tiny bodies crawling around, make sure cords are kept organized and out of the way to prevent any accidents. You can find a variety of cord organizers at different price points depending on your needs and preferences at a multitude of stores, including Home Depot and The Container Store.
Décor Affects Your Mood
Don’t leave your home office sparse. While a clean space is conducive to productivity, you don’t want your area to be so barren that it brings your mood down. Surround your home office with well-liked colors, hang up pictures of loved ones, and place some fresh greenery on your desk to breathe some life into the room where you’ll be spending hours and hours. To make this room kid-friendly, ask your kids to make decorations that you can hang up in your space, and accentuate the room with comfy chairs in case you need to keep them with you during work hours. StartUp Vitamins offers a great selection of custom-made artwork focused around motivation quotes, which make for a great contribution to any home office.
Protect Your Hardware
Little ones get into everything, and if you have a tower PC, then you’re going to need to make sure curious fingers don’t start pressing buttons they shouldn’t—right in the middle of your big project. Use something like Toddler Keys, which will temporarily suspend use of the buttons on your computer, and keyboard should you desire. When turned on, pressing the keys will make sounds and display photos of your choice on the monitor, meaning your kids won’t get into documents and pages they shouldn’t while still being entertained. It can also lock the mouse so no unnecessary clicking (or accidental deletion) takes place.
If you have older kids who use your office computer when you’re not on it, make sure you do your part to protect them from the bad stuff online. Inexpensive and effective, programs like Net Nanny can save you the worry and stress that comes with giving your children access to the World Wide Web—and hopefully protect your computer from viruses. This cool software will filter websites and content, block file transfers and chatting services, block selected gaming, social media, and shopping sites, and record a host of information for you to ensure your children aren’t gaining access to anything you don’t want them to.
Extra Desk Space
Make doing “homework” a family affair by setting up enough workspace in your office for your kids to do their assignments as well. A long desk with simple chairs along one of the walls will serve as their dedicated space without encroaching into your area. A corner built-in desk with no frills will do the trick for all involved, and inspire you to keep a clean and clear workspace. Decorate your new desk with clean and practical Touch of Modern men’s products to ensure your room features trendy design while offering the utmost in functionality.
If you’ve already accomplished the goal of working from home as a full-time blogger or online marketer, congrats! If not, be sure to read through my “how to start a blog” series now!
Now matter if you are working from your home or in a corporate office, be sure to implement each of the actionable tips above to keep your workspace clean, professional and a place you like to be!
How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.
Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.
Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.
Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.
Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
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