It is important to create, and set a schedule for yourself. Without creating, and setting a schedule you are jumping in head first, and blindfolded. Not having a schedule will confuse you, and more than likely, you will quickly find you are overwhelmed and stressed. I will provide a sample of one of my “work-at-home” schedules. I have MANY schedules depending upon what I am working on at the moment.
My typical work day schedule looks something like this:
6 am – Wake up, drink coffee, and check emails.
7 am- 8 am – Respond to emails, private messages, inquiries, etc.
8 am – Check work assignments for the day
8:15 am – Start one work assignment – writing, blogging, etc.
9 am – Take a short break. Walk around the house, make phone calls, step outside for fresh air etc.
9:15 am – Apply for writing gigs and jobs
10 am – Write another assignment (blog posts, article for client, etc. )
10:30 – Write another assignment
11:30 am – Check emails again as new assignments and jobs may have come in. Respond to inquiries via Facebook groups, Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, etc.,E-mail, etc.
12 noon – Eat lunch, take another break. Multi-task …take this time to also write down incoming tasks, and add to schedule
12:30 pm – Start dinner in crock pot (HUGE time saver!)
1:00 pm to 3; 00 pm – Work on day’s jobs, tasks, assignments, etc.
3:00 to 4:00 – Schedule work for tomorrow. Take note of what you MUST accomplish before the day’s end.
4:00 – 5:00 – Finish tasks for private clients
5:00 to 6:00 – Break Time. Eat Dinner. Check kiddo’s homework. Spend some time with the kiddos.
6:00 – 8:00 Finish up day’s work, and check messages again to see if any new work came in. If new work came in, add to schedule.
8:00 – My time – I will take this time to work on MY business, spend time with family, write blog posts, apply for new jobs, etc.
Rinse and Repeat!
Why You Must Get It in Writing
Never, EVER, settle for a vocal contract! I can’t tell you how many times I have heard of people who did NOT get their contract, pay rate, etc. in writing.
The ONLY way to GUARENTEE you will be paid for your work is to get it in writing.
Also, if you go to a company, and the pay is NOT verified DO NOT accept the job! Think of it this way…if you were to apply for a job outside of your home, there would be paperwork involved protecting BOTH parties… the person or company who hired you, and yourself! This holds true for working-at-home as well.