Your home office is where the magic happens every morning. So you need to feel at ease, have a focused mind the moment you sit on your chair and open up your laptop. And be able to spend hours there without getting bored or lacking motivation to get things done.
To guarantee you’re doing your best every day, let’s spice things up. Your workspace should be used for business only. But there are also some little changes you can make, design ideas you can give a try, and desk hacks you can implement, to boost the creative energy.
Let’s see how to turn your home office into a creativity and productivity sanctuary:
1. Keep it minimal.
First and foremost, get rid of clutter. That could be items on your desk you don’t use but which have always been there. Too many folders, sheets, pens, notepads, etc.
You can even decide to go paperless, although that might not be an easy thing if you’re used to writing things down and have notepads everywhere.
Dedicate a weekend to decluttering your home office. For each item, ask yourself if it’s something you use daily. If that happens just every now and then, it doesn’t need to be in a visible place.
The point is to stick to the basics. It’s proven that an organized desk leads to better productivity.
2. Add greenery.
Plants in the office will immediately change the whole atmosphere. It’s a good design idea too.
They make the air cleaner, give you an energy boost, are pleasant to look at, and give your desk a much fresher look.
3. Personalize your home office.
Here are some fun ways to decorate your creative space, feel like at home, and also keep things professional and business-oriented at the same time:
Add wall art (but keep this minimal too);
A photo or two of your loved ones would be a great addition to your desk;
Make business cards if you haven’t already, and keep them in a drawer nearby;
Spray paint things that look old and cheap to give them a fresh look;
Add your initials here and there.
All this will make you smile every time you enter the place. Your mind will be calm and ready to concentrate on what’s important.
4. Have a vision board.
A whiteboard might be one of the most practical things for your home office space, as it can be used for many purposes but only takes vertical space.
The easiest way to make the most of this little helper is to write down your tasks for the day, or jot down ideas that you’ll come back to later. But it can be about more than that.
This can be your visualization board. As you may know, this is the practice of imagining your goals and dreams as if they are already true. It’s a fantastic way to use the law of attraction and be inspired to take action to get closer to these objectives. Ultimately, such a vision, when it gets to your subconscious mind, can help you reach all your business goals.
But you can just use the vision board for daily inspiration. Add quotes, photos, fancy calendars and notes.
If you’re wondering what you can add to it, let that be the things you should stay focused on and what you want to achieve in the near future. Here’s how to create such a board for your workplace at home.
5. Get comfy.
Before anything else, you must feel comfortable there. Of course, that begins with your chair. However, if you’re on a tight budget, there are other ways to spice things up.
Get a special pillow and add it behind your back.
Have a DIY standing desk by putting books under your computer.
Make sure the top of your monitor is at the level of your eyes. And keep it 20-30 inches away from you. This, together with regulating text size, screen brightness and even color temperature, will help you stay away from eye strain.
These home office design and organization ideas should be enough to let you give your workplace a makeover on the cheap.
Any other smart and easy ways to spice up your home office?
There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.
However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.
That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.
My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.
Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.
ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.
While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.
Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.
The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.
Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.
How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers
Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.
Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.
If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.
Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.
For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.
From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.
The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).
My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years
Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.
I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.
It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.
I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).
After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.
There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.
Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.
Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.
But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.
That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.
Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.
This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.
Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)
Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.
Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice
Keep updating your portfolio.
Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.
Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.
Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:
Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.
How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer – Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.
How to Start a Profitable Blog– This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.
Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.
My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).
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