And the #1 thing you need to know about being a home-based business owner is…

Figure out what works best for you, right now.

There are so many different ways of working, but ultimately, what works best for one person might not work right for you. And what worked for you six months ago might not work quite right for you today!

Figure out what works best for you.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different working styles!

As a home-based business owner, you might be well-suited to working solid 10-hour days, five days each week.

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Ahhh, Inbox Zero. That elusive concept wherein you deal with emails as they come in and you never have more than three emails in your inbox (or, ideally, you have zero emails in your inbox!).

But how are you supposed to actually do it? Most of the strategies that I’ve seen—only look at your emails once per day, respond to emails the moment you check your inbox—don’t really work for me. And they probably don’t work from a practical standpoint in real life for you, either.

However! I have discovered some awesome secrets to achieving Inbox Zero,

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So you’ve got a project to manage… now what? These BEST project management tips will help you get organized and get an awesome project going!

My 6 best project management tips:
1) Identify all tasks that need to be done.

One of the biggest issues that can come up when managing a project is that it’s easy to overlook small tasks. When I was in charge of an event where we had judges tasting food, for example, somehow we overlooked the fact that these judges would need to have forks and knives. Oops! It was such a simple,

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The start of a new year can be a fresh start for so many other areas of your life! And when you’re trying to organize your life and be your best self, one of the things you can focus on is to simplify your to-do list.

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Top five tips to simplify your to-do list:

1) Use a weekly task list so you can see exactly what you need to do each week. If you aren’t able to fit something in one day,

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It’s the start of a new year—have you made any New Year’s resolutions? How about setting business goals?

While I’m all about choosing a word for the year, I also like the idea of setting business goals for yourself throughout the year—especially for freelancers and home-based business owners! It’s a fun way to see the progress you make, set yourself up for success, and create and implement a plan of action.

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Setting business goals: why it matters & how to do it. Tips for freelancers, bloggers & more!

How to set business goals:

When you’re setting business goals for yourself,

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When people find out I am a freelancer, or when they ask me how my freelance work is going, 95% of the time they will shake their heads and say,

I couldn’t do what you do. I just don’t have the discipline to work from home and be my own boss.

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Goal planning workbook

The must-have, FREE goal planning workbook—designed especially for solopreneurs…

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Here’s the thing: I love 95% of my work. It’s awesome and enjoyable and challenging and wonderful. Anything related to editing makes me very happy, and nearly all of my writing tasks are also highly interesting and enjoyable.

But as a new freelancer, I occasionally have to take on work that is only vaguely related to writing and editing, and which isn’t particularly interesting. Let’s face it: sometimes, the work we’re given can be a little bit boring. And in that case, rather than procrastinating, it’s better to actually find a way to enjoy it!

Learn how to make boring work more fun with this 1 simple trick! This is a great work tip to get more enjoyment out of your daily tasks... AND be more productive while you're at it! Find out the secret in this article.

Listening to your favorite music while you’re working is one way to do it,

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You can be far more productive (and avoid a lot of headaches!) by making a few small changes to your organizational system. This can work for both the office or in the home—and if you have a home-based business, then this is exactly what you need!

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Five steps for how to organize your filing system:
1) Get a real filing cabinet, not a cardboard box.

We’re doing many things online now, but we aren’t going to be a completely paperless society for a looooong time.

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