The WAHM sick day survival guide: when you’ve got a little sickie at home

The plague is going around and I'm totally using these tips to make sure my business doesn't suffer.

One of the most highly touted benefits of having a home-based business is the flexibility it affords you — and this is absolutely brought home when there’s a little one under the weather and underfoot. Having a sick child at home can certainly throw a wrench in your work plans, especially if you’ve got deadline pressure, an appointment, or an event to figure out how to work around. As much … Read the rest…

How to work from home with a baby

Is trying to work from home with a baby intimidating, frustrating, or downright NOT WORKING? Here's the secret to making it work...from a single work-at-home mom who figured it out.

  Not many of us have the opportunity (ahem) to work when we’ve got a baby to take care of, and there’s nothing quite like being in that position for the very first time. The questions, the trial and error, the constant second-guessing, the vortex of “no right answer,” the guilt, and the ever-shifting goal posts brought on by infant development… it can all culminate in one protracted experience of … Read the rest…

Motivation is a farce (and here’s why)

"Motivation" will never get you where you want to go (ESPECIALLY if you want to be a freelance writer). Here's what to do instead.

Here’s the thing about motivation: It’s a delusion. It’s not a strategy.  If you’re relying on “motivation” — or on her even more flighty little sister “inspiration” — to propel you through the work of writing, you’re going to have a hard time reaching your goals. Motivation is a feeling, and one defining characteristic of feelings is that they come and go. But what doesn’t come and go? Some answers: Mortgage or … Read the rest…

The real secret to time management

This post is an adaptation of a recent newsletter I sent to my subscribers. If you’d like to join the conversation, use the sign-up form below! Have you ever met Cyril Northcote Parkinson? Probably not — he’s a Brit and he’s been dead now for more than 20 years. But you’re probably familiar with something he brought to light (and named after himself) back in 1955: the idea that “work … Read the rest…