This isn’t a “You’ve cat to be kitten me” situation. My house hates me right now. It’s 60 degrees in my house, and my heating and air conditioning unit can’t be worked on until the weather gets better. This has inspired me to share some things you should consider when working from home with you.
Working from home is supposed to be awesome, and it is… most of the time. It’s your home, and it’s your office, and things are supposed to be exactly how you want them to be. That is, until things completely out of your control ruin your tranquil work space.
My tranquil workspace has been ruined this week because my house is freezing. I’ve already had the heating and air conditioning company come out twice this week. They’re going to have to come again to diagnose the hole that’s causing my freon to leak out of my heating and air unit. Unfortunately, they can’t do that until the weather is good enough. Otherwise, it’s an OSHA violation.
Thankfully, I work from home. It’s not like I have to tell work “Sorry, I can’t come in today. I have to let in the heating and air guy.” I’m already home, so the tech can come at any time to do the repairs. That’s both a good and a bad thing. That means that, while your home and they’re in your house, you’re probably not getting much done. Same goes for the cable guy, and any other person that performs services at your house.
Taking that one step further, if you’re at home and someone knocks on your door, you kinda feel compelled to answer it. It’s usually UPS or Fedex, but still. My advice is to just ignore the knock on your door or the doorbell, unless you know someone is on their. Your productivity is more important.
Then there’s your pets. You might think working from home and having your pets with you is a great idea. Under normal circumstances, it is. That is unless you have a pet that is sick, completely co-dependant, or they talk back. If I lock my cats out of my office and hop on a conference call, they will cry. I’ll have my headphones in, with a mic, and the people on my conference call will be like… “is that a cat?”.
After rearranging my office, I’ve embraced having them in the office and have given them spaces to hang out with me while not being intrusive. That way, they’re not yelling at me to let them in and interrupting my conference call or screen-share. The same principle goes for your dog or any other animal that you have in your house. Your pets are wonderful companions, until they are a distraction and stop you from working.
I will always advocate for working from home, but this week has been particularly rough. At the very least, I hope you found this both informational and entertaining.
If you have any great work from home stories, I want to hear/see them, so please comment below or tag me on social media. Thanks for reading.
A lot of people ask “What’s your Why?”, but no one really shares how they got to that “Why”. I explicitly remember the exact moment that set me on my journey to one day starting this business, for this website, that you’re reading right now.
I’m going to take you back in time to when I was 15 years old. As a sophomore in high school, I met the man that is now my husband.
We started dating our junior year when we were both 16 years old. We were that couple in high school. We were inseparable. So inseparable in fact, that I moved in with him (at his moms house) shortly after I turned 18.
There’s actually another huge story connected to why I moved in with him and his mom during my senior year of high school, but that’s for another post, another video, on another day.
Before graduating high school, my then boyfriend/now husband enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. He didn’t join right after graduating. Instead, he waited till after Christmas that year to go to bootcamp. Before he left for bootcamp, we moved out of his moms and got our own place (with roommates). I originally thought I was going to join the military with him, but I was 20lbs over weight and they wouldn’t take me until I lost the weight.
We did discuss getting married before he left for bootcamp. No one really supported us in our relationship. At least, they didn’t want us getting married. They kept telling us we were too young (we didn’t listen). We ended up not getting married before he joined bootcamp.
While he was gone, I had a lot of alone time. It was the first time that I had been alone in years. I ended up watching a lot of tv shows that Jacob liked; It wasn’t that I didn’t like those shows, but that they were Jacob’s shows. I was sad, I missed him, and I was mopey.
One one particularly mopey afternoon, I decided to view my horoscope on the tv. For whatever reason, or maybe divine intervention, I got the most direct and bazaar horoscope I’ve ever received. And this happened after a 5ish minute glitch too. I was about to unplug the tv box before it finally “decided” to work. I wish that I could remember what the horoscope said verbatim, but that horoscope told me something super important that day.
That horoscope told me that I needed to support someone very important in my life in their endeavors, but that I needed to find a path of my own. That horoscope told me that I needed to let the military be Jacob’s thing, and that whatever my path would be… my path would allow me to find fulfillment and provide for myself (and us) while going anywhere, geographically, that Jacob’s career would take him.
I know it’s crazy. People shouldn’t make life directions or big decisions based off of a horoscope, but I needed the message that horoscope gave me. From that moment on, I knew that whatever I decided to do, it had to be something that allowed me to work anywhere in the world.
Every story has to start somewhere. This was my start. This was the beginning, little did I know, to my work from home journey that has now led me to Work from Haus.
Do you remember the pinnacle moment that led you to your why?
I reorganized and designed my new home office to help me become a better publisher of content for my business. December 28th, 2017, I went from being a wantrepreneur to a entrepreneur. I exited analysis by paralysis and I took action. Reorganizing my home office is just one of the ways I’ve helped myself become better with my business.
By January 15th, 2018, I had powered through hours and hours of Stefan James’ Affiliate Marketing Mastery course and trying to figure out what my niche would be. During one of the training videos, I had a breakthrough and realized that the only thing I can talk about, share about, put my face in front of and build a brand around is the niche of working from home.
From January 15th to now (February 11th, 2018), I’ve hired a video editor, created a youtube and blog schedule, flushed out what I actually want to talk about, and I have so much content I want to share. To do that, I needed to update my home office arrangement. I needed a place to be able to film for my youtube channel and a designated space that I could enjoy and power out work every day.
My office situation before today was pretty good before… when I wasn’t planning on putting my face in front of a camera.
I’ve had this layout for a couple of years now. I purchased the desk legs from StandDesk. I would have purchased the table tops, but I needed both desks, side by side, to fit my old office wall in a different room in my house in 2015. Their table tops were simply too big. I also decided to splurge a bit before buying my house and got a Herman Miller Sayl Chair. For my first job out of college, every desk had those sayl chairs. I sat in those things for 6-8 hours a day. If those chairs could stand up against that abuse, I knew that there was no better chair to have at my home office. My last purchase was the grey mini-sofa with a pullout twin sleeper bed that I got from Laz-Y-Boy. I wanted every room in my house to function as a guest bedroom when necessary. It’s super comfortable to boot.
With everything rearranged, here is my new layout with all of my stuff.
I still have the grey chair, but it’s currently covered with stuff that I don’t have a home for yet. I think my favorite addition is the 4 KLUDD Glass Noticeboards. When I’ve been listening to any one of Stefan James courses or to any number of videos on Mentor Box, I wipe down all of notes from the boards and just write. I write and I write and, in one of my writing sessions, that’s how I came up with this website, Work from Haus.
After all of these years of working from home, I can’t imagine ever going back to a traditional 9 to 5 jobs. Not everyone can splurge on a home office. Not everyone has the space for it. For me, having a home office meant that I could never go back. It meant I was setting myself up for success. I meant that a messy house and puking cats and my husband taking the day off wasn’t going to distract me from getting my job done.
I hope you like my home office. It’s ground zero for me creating all that I will be creating for you. I’d love it if you shared this as your home office inspiration!
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First Video, First Blog Post… super proud of myself. I’m sure I’ll look back in a year and be like… oh Lana… but you gotta start somewhere.
Hello friends and welcome to Work from Haus.
I have been a successful, work from home and work from anywhere employee since 2014. When people find out I work from home, I always get some version of, “oh, that’s cool. I’d LOVE to work from home.” I swear, if I had a dollar for every time I heard something like this, I’d be at least a couple hundred dollars richer.
Now, they say they’d love to work from home, but most people drop the conversation right after that. The whole idea seems unattainable to them, and I am here to tell you that it’s not. It’s 100% absolutely, positively feasible to work from home and make a living. Even better, it’s absolutely possible to work from anywhere in the world, travel, have a healthy work life balance, and still make a living. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you live. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
You have 2 options. You can either work for someone else, or you can work for yourself. Work from Haus will cover both. Work from anywhere businesses need work from anywhere employees. They are not mutually exclusive. I’ve been a work from home employee for years, and I have a lot to share with you about being a work from home employee. Secondly, after years of working for other people and being a Front-End Engineer, I’m shifting gears and going into business for myself. 2018 is the year I build my own e-commerce business. I’m going to share my journey with you to building a white label business on Amazon, building a drop shipping store with Shopify, and I’m becoming an affiliate marketer.
I know that sounds like a lot, and it is. No matter what I do, I want you to know that you too can work from home, work from a coffee shop or work from a beach. I’ve done all of them. I am living proof that you can work from anywhere in the world and still make a great living.
My mission with Work from Haus is to help you find remote, online employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Yes, you. I’m going to talk to you just like you are my friend. I’m going to be real, I’m going to be honest, and I’m going to do everything I can to help you succeed in your online endeavors.
If you have any questions, ask me. Follow me on social media, message me, and stay tuned. I’ll be posting videos on Tuesdays and Fridays. You can also subscribe to my newsletter, and I’ll send out emails once a week (probably Fridays).
I’m a work from wherever front-end engineer turned online entrepreneur. I’ve been working from home, for the most part, since 2013.
I became a front end engineer because I knew that I could build websites while working from home. Being able to have a fulfilling career opportunity while providing for myself, and having the flexibility to work anywhere in the world was always the goal. Now, I’m sharing my stories and experiences about the digital nomad, remote life with you.