Want to work from home? Consider these challenges…

computer-15812_640As a freelance writer and editor, I have the ability to work from home. I frequently have deadlines, which I can typically meet. There are times, when I’m struggling with a particular piece, that the deadline seems closer than it is. It seems to be during those times when my children require the most attention. It’s as if they sense my level of stress rising and they wish to push it over the edge.

If you’ve ever considered working from home, take some time to reflect upon a few things. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. How do you react to stress? Do you reach for ‘comfort food’ to soothe your soul? If this is the case, working from home could lead to tremendous weight gain, depending on your level of self-discipline.
  2. Speaking of self-discipline, how do you rate? If you have an important project that requires attention and your favourite tv show is on, where does your priority lie? Keeping focus on the big picture is a major aspect of being your own boss.
  3. If you have young children likely to be around while you’re working, how do you plan to keep them occupied? Timing also comes into play here. Avoid beginning a project near your children’s typical breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack times. In the case of my children, they can eat their weight equivalent in food (maybe only a slight exaggeration, but not much). I won’t even look at my projects until each of my boys have had their fill. Even then, my window of opportunity is approximately two hours, so I must work quickly and furiously.
  4. Are you a Social Media addict? While working on an article, sales letter, email reply, whatever your business requires, keeping that Facebook tab open may be a bad idea. The temptation to check and see if anyone’s responded to your last post can be difficult to resist for some people.

These are only a few aspects of the work at home experience that must be considered. Are you someone who works from home? What challenges have you faced?




5 things to keep in mind when commenting on a Facebook post

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If you are active on social media, you have no doubt noticed the proliferation of spelling and grammatical errors littered throughout your news feed. For those of us who cringe when we see incorrect usage of ‘their’, ‘they’re’ or ‘there’, these errors give us a headache. Here are five things to keep in mind, the next time you start to comment on someone’s Facebook post:

  1. If spelling and grammar are truly a challenge for you, create a list of words that you struggle with. Find a dictionary and research (or Google) the proper spelling and usage of these words. Keep this list near your computer, or keep a separate word file on your phone, so you can refer to the list when wanting to use these particular words. After a short time, you may find these words no longer challenge you!
  2. Please review your posts before sending them out into the world! Taking a minute to read what you’ve typed will often be enough for you to notice the errors, giving you the opportunity to correct them.
  3. Consistently using improper spelling and grammar gives others a lower opinion of your intelligence. It may sound harsh and perhaps a bit unfair, yet it remains a fact.
  4. When commenting on a controversial subject or something that invokes strong emotions, using incorrect grammar and spelling can deter your meaning from being clear. This can lead to hurt feelings, which may not have been your intention.
  5. Any comments or posts you make are often seen by hundreds of eyes. Keep this in mind and choose your words wisely. Would something you post on someone’s wall be better suited to a private message? Words used in anger, posted for public viewing, can come back and bite you in the proverbial butt when you least expect it. This is also the case with excessive profanity.

We all wish for our opinions to be heard. Ensuring the words we choose to use are correct, both in meaning and spelling, will allow us to express our opinions clearly.