Elvis Michael

Owner @Listiller

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  1. Kimsea Sok
    05/31/2015 @ 12:33 PM

    Thanks for sharing your own experience about blogging.

    Honestly, first I start my own blog. I expect to make thousand dollars from my blog. However, the realistic is unlike what I think about blogging. I could not make money almost 4 years, then I made my first thousand dollars online.

    I think that blogging is easiest way to make money by writing, but it is more than writing. I’ve got to do a lot of thins such as marketing my blog, connect with other people and build relationship, and so many more..

    Thanks for sharing…

    • Writer Town
      06/04/2015 @ 11:11 AM

      Yes, and that’s the part that discourages so many people. Consistency is key 🙂

  2. denniswork
    06/11/2015 @ 14:34 PM

    I have been trying to land a good client, but all I get are the $1.25 for 500 words clients. I am almost hating being a work at home guy. 🙁
    It is at such times that I really need help. But I am still struggling with working on my comp.

  3. NicolasC
    07/22/2015 @ 16:17 PM

    I have worked out of my home for sometime now. I do some stuff online like teach English, write and blog. I have also have done services for individuals where I travel from my home. I have not experienced most of what was mentioned in the blog post. At least not that I remember. I have been blessed apparently.

    I think the thing that has helped me most is that I treat this like a regular job. My boys know when and why they can interrupt me. I am also not so rigid that I can’t be flexible. That is of the perks of working from home. If one of the twins is sick, and I get a call from their school, I am there. I would be there whether I am working from home or at “regular job.” I mean what parent wouldn’t, right? Most of what I do can done when the twins are out of the house or asleep. They are getting old enough, where I can work while there are in the home. I have be able to balance the work aspect with the life aspect. Over the years, I have missed very few of their games, other school events and life events.

    I think the ability to balance family and work was a result of doing so the same thing when I had a “regular job.” I have walked away from jobs that demanded too much of my time. It was an easy decision to do so, especially when I spelled out before they offered me a position of what and when I would be willing to do and not do for the company.

    It has not been easy being a single parent. I would say that is true of most single parents regardless of where they work. (I know, Thank-you Capt. Obvious)

    I do agree with one of the last points. That is the point of income. Even though I treat this like a regular job, I do not have a regular paycheck. Based on my history, I do have an idea of what I will bring in. There is no accounting for clients who are slow to pay, having their checks bounce higher than the super bouncy balls, and a variety of other things that Murphy’s Law covers.

    Overall, I am happy with the path I choose. It took a lot of hard work, and trial and error. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. I didn’t mean to write a book, but thank-you for reading my comment. I wish you all the best in your pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. God bless you.

    • Elvis Michael
      07/23/2015 @ 13:35 PM

      Thanks, Nicolas!
      Working from home can definitely go both ways – and apparently it’s going very well on your end. I, too, believe this is due to the incredible amount of discipline you seem to have. Many people start out well, treating it like a regular job and thus not letting friends/email/Facebook bother them. Unfortunately, many of us tend to drop the ball sooner or later — especially when that one friend keeps bothering you and you sympathize.

      At least most of these issues are avoidable, which means that working from home only sucks IF we let it get to that point (and sadly, many writers and bloggers do – myself included). I am slowly getting better at it, and it’s amazing to see what a good old-fashioned “To Do List” can do :p

      Thanks for sharing!

  4. NicolasC
    07/24/2015 @ 07:03 AM

    Thanks, Elvis.
    My friend Luke is the one that tries me the most. You were talking that about the one friend. I have Luke. I can’t tell you the number of times, I have had a conversation like the following conversation on Friday’s with him:

    Luke: Hi Nick, it’s Luke. I know the boys and James (Luke’s Son) are not home this weekend. Marie and I are going to catch a movie late this afternoon and a dinner afterwards. We would love for you to join us.

    Me: Sounds great. What time?

    Luke We want to see It plays at 3:45, 5:45 and 7:15 and 9:15 I want to go to the 3:45 movie as that is the first eco (economy) movie.

    Me: Would you mind catching the 5:45 movie? I don’t get off until 4:00. We can still get in at the eco price as that goes until 6:00.

    Luke: You work from home.

    Me: I know.

    Luke: You can quit any time you want.

    Me: If I don’t work, How can I feed myself, the boys, and James? (Note: James seems to have adopted my home as his second home. The question is an adaptation from a you tube video about a Five year old India boy who sell pens outside of a McDonald’s instead of going to school that I shared with him)

    Luke: Just a minute. Ok, ok… Marie said she knew you were going to say 5:45. She already brought tickets for the 5:45 show. Can you be here at 5:00? Then we can take one car.

    Me: Sounds good. See you at 5:00. Bye.

    Luke: Bye..
    Luke constantly reminds me I can stop working any time I want. I am constantly reminding him, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. You couldn’t ask for a`better friend, though.

    It’s hard to say no. Especially with people who care about you and you care about them. Communication is the key. Being completely open as to why you are saying no.

    • Elvis Michael
      07/31/2015 @ 10:47 AM

      Your comment is spot-on, Nicolas. There will always be someone in our circle that does this, whether it’s a friend or a family member. Yes, we can technically take breaks whenever we please, but it’s best to treat what we do like a “normal job” as much as possible. A little break could suddenly turn into 5 hours at the mall….


  5. SarahBogo
    10/09/2015 @ 22:56 PM

    Great article! I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who thinks working from home is the best and sucky at the same time! I’m still getting the hang of it.

    • Elvis Michael
      10/10/2015 @ 16:24 PM

      It can certainly be a challenge. Thankfully we can adapt some good strategies and also educate family/friends about our needs. It gets much easier over time if we remain disciplined.

  6. Sunday
    11/09/2015 @ 00:23 AM

    Hi Elvis,
    This is a reality check for bloggers! I am familiar with all of the points discussed. I have been there and I want to concur with you on the expectations and realities of working from home!

    What I have come to learn is to promote ” a highly disciplined” lifestyle when it comes to working from home.

    Without sticking to a “strict” rule nothing can be accomplished.

    Agreed there are times when the “unexpected” disrupts our “perfect” plans for the day or week, yet it takes the discipline of focus and keeping the end in insight to succeed.

    From the onset, anyone wanting to succeed working from home should be prepared for the unexpected – even from areas we least expect like friends and family!

    However, setting goals that are specific and measurable should go a long way to boost your confidence.

    Indeed, the challenge is subjective but we can apply objective remedies like sticking to high discipline, good healthy attitude, and focusing on what to achieve!
    I left this post in kingged.com as well

  7. mcdice18967
    11/17/2015 @ 05:34 AM

    Thank you so much for the awesome resources…

  8. Freddy Gandarilla
    11/30/2015 @ 20:25 PM

    Hi Elvis!

    What an Honest post man!

    I really enjoyed it. It is spot on – on the journey we go through when we first get started with a home based business.

    I agree with what you have shared here. At the beginning, it can be very hard to get into the right schedule, and to not procrastinate, and stay focus on productive activities, etc.

    And it is Okay to start this way. Because everything is okay.

    You know why? .. because everything can be changed and improved.

    You can change your ways, and you can get into better habits.

    That is the beautiful thing about the Human Being. We have the ability to change, and improve, and become better.

    And I think, we tend to beat ourselves up a lot, when we think it is not okay to be, who we are being, at the moment.

    I think acceptance is very important in life. It can help tremendously when starting a Home Based Business too.

    Accept who you are at the moment, so you can move on with more love, and be able to change Naturally.

    The best things in life happen naturally, right?

    This is what i have realized, from my own experiences of working from home. And trying to treat it like a real business.

    It will all come down to that – learning how to treat it like a real business, so it can pay you like one! 😉

    Thank you for sharing this valuable post man!

    It is a great subject to talk about!

    Keep up the great work!

    Have an awesome week 😀

    • Elvis Michael
      12/06/2015 @ 23:16 PM

      Freddy, once again you’re simply spot on 🙂
      Out of all the things discussed in this article, the best thing I recommend is to always stay ahead. We won’t always be able to abide by a certain schedule, no matter how “perfect” it might feel. We will wake up too sleepy or tired one day, too grumpy, or may simply need to do other things for friends and family. That’s usually where the whole “perfect routine” comes crashing down. Thus, it’s always a great idea to stay ahead of everything.

      Thanks for your two cents, you rock!

  9. Lawrence Berry
    02/09/2016 @ 20:50 PM

    Working from home can be a blessing and a curse. First, you get the comfort of missing the rush hour traffic and doing your career work from the comfort of your home, but on the other hand, you are distracting from being in the comfort of your home. Working from home is much like that of being an entrepreneur and you have to have tremendous amounts of self-discipline to be successful at it. You have to focus on what you want to accomplish and get it done as quickly and as efficiently as possible without mush distraction. This can be a tough feat, but that is the price you have to pay for working from home. There are goods and there are bads to everything. I am glad that you exposed these things, so people like myself can be better prepared for the challenges to come.