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Self discipline is key when you’re self employed. There’s no chance I’d ever be able to make it as an entrepreneur if I wasn’t the type A, meticulous worker I am 95% of the time.  There’s a certain type of work ethic required when you work for yourself. After 3 years working as a full-time blogger, I’ve found certain things that have helped boost productivity and nurture my career as a freelancer. One thing in particular that’s helped significantly since moving to NYC, is the WeWork x LIKEtoKNOW.it pop-up work space in the city.

The timing couldn’t have been better with the pop up opening here in New York. I moved into my apartment in September with nothing in my space but an air mattress – making it pretty impossible to work productively from home. I’m used to working in my home office in Chicago that significantly fueled my productivity, but with my NYC apartment under construction, I was in desperate need for a place to work.

WeWork is a company that provides shared workspaces and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and small businesses. They offer beautiful shared office spaces located in major cities across the world. They charge a monthly fee of $45 for access to a physical workspace and various business-related amenities like coffee, printers, private phone booths, mail handling, refreshments, and kitchen access. It’s a great space for like-minded creatives to work and network as they please. If you’re interested in find an office away from home where you can work on your side hustle, your full time job, a new project, or with a small team,  sign up here with my referral link! And be sure to follow @wework for the latest in entrepreneurial/design inspiration.

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5 tips to keep you on track when you’re self employed:

  • Set alarms – I set alarms throughout the day to keep me on track and boost my productivity. When I put a time limit on things, I’m more likely to not procrastinate.
  • Get out of the house – Leaving the house to go work at a coffee shop or WeWork forces me to get dressed and get out of the house to stay on a more ‘normal’ work schedule. It also takes me away from distractions around the house.
  • Constantly search for inspiration – to keep creativity flowing, I like to read, scroll through Pinterest, and flip through old magazines to search for inspo.
  • Pay attention to the competition – to keep yourself motivated. But don’t let it discourage you. You have to keep a healthy balance of being aware without being overwhelmed – it keeps you on your toes.
  • Set up meetings – to stay connected and build relationships. Networking is so important when you work alone!

For those of you who work from home, what are your best tactics for staying on track and motivated? Would love to hear from you! Comment below or on this Instagram post tonight.

 

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  • Brianna
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    Great tips! I’m hoping to be self employed one day 🙂
    Brianna | http://briannamarielifestyle.com/

  • Nasia Quinones
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    Using a large dry-erase board each day to see what needs to get done! There’s no greater feeling than crossing things off and watching the list get smaller and smaller!

  • Tabitha
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    Great post! It’s so cool they have this pop up so you can have your own office. I use coffee houses myself and listen to music to stay on track.

    Tabitha
    https://coleann.com/

  • Kelsie
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    This post is great!! I’m a new blogger and feel so overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done! I’m not full-time yet but these tips will really help manage the time that I do have to spend on the blog. Setting alarms is such a good idea!!

    Thanks for sharing <3

    x, Kelsie @ BeautyandtheBustle.com

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