Being self-employed has many perks. You can find plenty of articles about the benefits of working for yourself and being home based. But you won’t often find too much on the challenges of being self-employed.
If you are not self-disciplined or self-motivated you may have a hard time finding success working for yourself. You can be the world’s best boss or the world’s worst boss.
It’s as simple as if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.
Tricks to Keep the Self Employed Gainfully Employed
I was going to say Tips to Motivate the Self Employed, but let’s be honest. If you’re reading this, you don’t need a tip, you probably already know what needs to be done. You just need to figure out a way to put a fire under your butt to make it happen. I sometimes have to play mind games with myself. One of the more effective tactics is:
- Punishment Reward – If I’d rather do something else then I force myself “Do this FIRST, then you can do THAT.” For example, if I want to catch up on last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, FIRST I have to write a blog post, publish it, post, tweet and pin it. THEN I can check in to see what’s the latest with Meredith and her pals.
Well that’s it. I have one trick to offer because that is what works for me. There’s no shortage of ways you can use this.
- Need to make phone calls to past hosts? Phone calls is one activity that can bring in great results, yet it is often dreaded by many. Before you can check in on your social media accounts, you HAVE to call three people. THEN you can check in on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat or wherever you hang.
- Behind in logging bookkeeping and expenses? Don’t even think about taking a break make cookies or run to that estate sale until you update QuickBooks and file those receipts.
First THIS (necessary but less desirable) then THAT (something you want to do).
p.s. If this sounds familiar, yes it is the same tactic used on kids. First pick up your toys, then we can have ice cream.
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About the Author: Laurie Ayers is a Michigan work from home mom and a Superstar Director with Scentsy Wickless Candles. She enjoys helping men and women start and maintain a home based business in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Germany, Ireland, UK, France, Austria and Spain. To download a FREE Start Up Guide which provides more details about how to start a home business as well as to learn about our compensation plan go to www.thrivingcandlebusiness.com/how-to-start-a-candle-business/