People who’ve never worked from home before always ask me:

  • How do you do it?
  • How do you stay motivated?
  • Don’t you just browse Instagram and watch Netflix all day?

…or a variation of the same…

Sure, some of us fall into bad habits when we first start our self-employed journey, but that’s no way to play the long game, and I am totally here for the long game. Are you?

Here’s 3 tips to effectively work from home.

  1. Set your space up for success.

A clean, well-lit, quiet space works wonders for creativity! So many of us struggle with balancing running our businesses with household chores: dishes in the sink, laundry to be folded, and kids to pick up after. You need to find a space to focus—the socks can wait, sister!

I know not everyone is at the private-home-office-stage of solopreneurship yet, so at the very least, treat yourself to a tidy kitchen table.

  1. Dress for success.

Step away from the yoga pants! You heard me.

Women with 9 to 5s get out of bed at the same time each day. They shower and do their hair, don business casual clothing, and leave the house ready to tackle the day.

I LOVE that I don’t need to commute to work daily (except for shoots and meetings), but I think us work-from-home-moms deserve to treat ourselves with a little care before entering work mode. When we take care of ourselves, we have more to give others!

  1. Plan your day.

Scheduling your day is key for productivity. Time-blocking or at the very least creating a detailed to-do list will help you prioritize and be realistic with your working hours. Without a boss to motivate, the responsibility to stay on track falls to you—or Google Calendar notifications.

If it’s not in my calendar, it’s not happening! And if it is in my calendar, I do everything I can to stick to the plan. Don’t let distractions derail your day.

Are you a solopreneur? Do you follow any of these rules or have others of your own? Hop on over to Instagram to share your best tips to effectively work from home!