Positives of Working From Home

Home OfficeHey everyone! Today’s post is all about working from home. All I can think about lately is how I’ll be working from home soon and how much better life will be.

Yes, I do realize that self-employment isn’t all butterflies and beaches, and that there will most likely be some negatives, but for right now, I do think working from home will be awesome and that I will enjoy it. Doing what I love and not having to dread every single morning that I wake up? Sounds amazing!

Next week I will talk about the disadvantages, because I do need to be realistic. Stay tuned and enjoy!

I enjoy what I do

One thing that I do every morning is stare at the ceiling. And then I get in my car and stare at my steering wheel for a couple of minutes. I obviously dread my current job and I cannot wait to switch it up and do what I love. I would love to be able to wake up and not want to run away!

I can work when I want to and create my own schedule that will work best for me. Some say that the lack of in-person social interaction will bother me, but I can honestly say that it won’t because right now I work pretty independently at my current job.

No traffic and no commute

My current job isn’t too far away from where we live, but it is around 11-12 miles or 15 minutes away. This means that I get to save on gas costs, and I also get to save time.  On some days there can be really bad traffic and it will take me 2 hours to get to work, and I have even spent 3 hours trying to get home. And when school is back in session, my driving time is always longer. Right now in the summer it’s not as bad, but school does start back up again soon, ugh.

Not having to deal with bad drivers and traffic everyday will be nice!

More time

I hopefully won’t completely lose myself. I will still shower everyday haha! But I will be able to save some time as I won’t have to get ready for a business dress job everyday. With no commute and not spending so much time getting ready everyday, I will probably save around 1-2 hours each day.

And since I won’t be working my day job, I will be able to give my freelancing my 100% focus, and I think I will be able to complete tasks much quicker. Working at 1 a.m. like I usually do is just not when I am the best at what I do. I am half asleep trying to complete stuff which means that everything takes longer!

I can work with my dogs in my lap

Who wouldn’t want this? I love my pups! Eventually within the next couple of years we will start having children as well, and working from home is my ideal situation. Work-at-home mom for the win!

Would you ever want to work from home? Why or why not?


Renting Out A Spare Room For Money

Cambridgeport room for sublet, July 1 - Aug 31st,

This is not my house, but you get the idea.

Have you ever thought about renting out a room in your house? We have thought about it and we currently do rent out a room in our home.

We have had 3 total roommates since we bought our house 4 years ago. The first two didn’t end up working out (we were helping out people who needed a place to live), and the third is my sister who has worked out very well. We’ve never had more than one roommate at one time also (and the second roommate only lasted a couple of days anyways).

When we bought our house 4 years ago, we never even thought that we would rent any of the rooms.

We didn’t buy the house thinking that we could only buy it if we rented out additional rooms also (I know of some people who have done this). We kind of just fell into renting out a spare room in our house. Every time that we have had a roommate, it’s because we were asked if they could rent a room.

We have four bedrooms in our house and we only use one. So when my sister needed a place to live, we of course invited her to live with us. It’s been working out greatly. She’s been living with us since May of 2012 and pays around $325 per month. She is hardly home so we haven’t really noticed an increase in any of our bills also. For us, this is definitely a win, and it’s a win for her also. I’m sure she loves living with us! 🙂

Before now, I haven’t lived with my sister since I was very young, so seeing her more often is definitely a change and can be fun. Even though we do fight, my friends still occasionally tell me that they are jealous of our sister relationship.

Now, I will say that besides my sister, I do not think that we will ever rent out a room in our home again. Don’t get me wrong though, my sister has been great to have. However, I would just prefer not to because I don’t think anyone else would be a good fit, especially since in a couple of years we see ourselves having children.

Before you add a roommate:

  1. Make sure you really want one. This is key! Not everyone is meant to live with people who are not their significant other or their family.
  2. Lay out the ground rules. Who buys toilet paper? How many people are allowed over? Can there be parties? What about cleaning? Do you share household duties? Can they change the thermostat? Trust me, these all seem like little things, but they definitely need to be talked about. No one wants to feel like they are getting walked on, regardless if you are the one renting the room or you are the renter.
  3. Make sure there is value. Maybe it’s not always about money, and you actually just want to help someone out.  If you are just looking to add additional cash flow, make sure that there is actually cash flow there. If this person uses a crazy amount of electricity, water and so on, then you might not actually be making any money in the end if you are not calculating everything in.
  4. If you are doing this just to help someone out, make sure that you think about everything and really think about whether or not you want to ruin this relationship that you have with this person. Living with people who you know does not always end up the best.

Have you ever thought about renting out a room in your home? Why or why not?


Spending Time on Side Hustles

Lately I have been feeling super overwhelmed. I feel like I have no time for anything, and I haven’t been very efficient with my time.

I work over 45 hours per week at my day job, and spend 10 hours per week getting ready and commuting for that job. I also probably spend around 40 hours per week doing my side hustles as well. So that’s around 100 hours per week dedicated to working.

I multi-task when I do anything, which of course makes everything take just a little bit longer since I have to constantly switch my focus. And that of course means a lot of time wasted.

One thing that everyone is constantly asking me, is how I have time to do everything that I do. It’s really not that, that bad. This is especially so since we don’t have kids. If we had children, I’m pretty sure all of this would be impossible! I’m not sure how some bloggers do it!

Determining on how much time I spend on side hustles is hard to quantify.

For example, I love to read blogs and articles, and don’t know if I should be counting that as “working.” Most of you know that I am all over the place and read all different types of blogs. I don’t consider reading a blog post “working” because I genuinely like to do this and like to know what’s going on in everyone’s lives.

Keep in mind that I have a full-time job completely unrelated to blogging (analyst in the financial services industry), so my side hustles revolve around that currently.  I usually spend each Saturday and Sunday working on my blog as well. I definitely spend at least 40 hours a week on my side hustles.

Cutting back in certain areas

I’ve cut back in certain areas because I’ve been feeling too overwhelmed due to lack of time. I don’t do much staff writing anymore. I noticed that writing on my own blog was suffering because I didn’t have enough blog ideas and was using all of my awesome ideas for my staff writing jobs.

I will most likely increase this again once I make the full-time self-employment switch, but for right now, my time is very limited.

How much time I spend on my blog posts

I spend a decent amount of time on my blog posts. I will write it and then go back to it days later to add more, so that’s also hard to quantify.  Usually for my whale posts (which have been every single post that I’ve written lately), these take hours and hours. High quality posts are important!

I know a lot of bloggers says that shorter posts of around 500 words are better, but once I start talking about something, I tend to talk about EVERYTHING. I should probably work on finding a way to split up my posts, but for right now I am happy with the length of my posts.

Here is my normal weekday schedule:

  • 6:15 am – Wake up and get ready for work. Yes I can get ready super quickly. This is years of practice of being able to apply makeup within minutes!  🙂
  • 6:45 am – Check emails, moderate comments on my blog, read blogs (I love reading blog posts!)
  • 7:45 am – Leave for work
  • During my lunch break – Check and reply to emails, blog work, side hustles
  • 6:00 pm – I come home from work and work on my side hustles more. Sometimes I barely work on them, but sometimes I work on them a ton. 

How much time do you spend on your side hustles?