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The Business of Blogging: How to Work from Home

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After being fully nomadic for the past few years travelling, I’ve finally started to take a short break between trips (sometimes its just a few days, but hey, it all counts!) This year I’ve set up a little office in our house, decked it out with all my favourite things and promised myself to do all my work (blogging, editing, emails, consulting) from there so that when I’m off adventuring I can enjoy being in the moment! So here are a few of my tips for working from home:

2016 inspiration

How to Work from Home

Create a Space that Inspires you Daily

I had just one design idea coming into this: make the space inspiration. As such my walls are filled with framed quotes, framed prints from my favourite places around the world, and even framed skeleton city maps of New York, London and Paris. Whatever it is that inspires you – have it right there in front of your eyes to keep you inspired daily. Oh, and I also have a print of the phrase “Shake it Off” at eye level by my door so that anything that is on my mind in the office can be left in the office.

Set work hours

As someone who is almost always travelling, I find it really hard to distinguish between work time and time to enjoy myself. On planes, trains and in any waiting rooms I always have my laptop handy so that I can get things done in spare time, but now that I’m at home a little more I really struggle distinguishing between “down time” and “work time” (just ask my boyfriend). What has helped is setting work or “office hours” so that I start at the same time each morning AFTER breakfast (I do love multi-tasking) and finish each evening around 6pm when my boyfriend gets home (though he is a farmer so sometimes I get an extra couple of hours which are often needed!)

Get dressed every day

As I used to blog from a hotel bed (and still will when I’m not at home), I found it really difficult at first to not just wear my pj’s all day around the house. Why? They’re damn comfy that’s why! But I have found that getting dressed for the day makes you substantially more productive, even if you’re just changing into semi-comfortable work clothes (I tend to wear gym clothes even though I don’t go to the gym – HA!)

Schedule breaks and a lunch hour

I’m still struggling on this point as a chronic snacker, but I’ve heard it does help. I usually try eat lunch around 12pm or 1pm and get straight back to work, as well as sneaking in a couple of breaks to do other jobs around the house or run in to grab something from town.

Make a Financial Plan

Now for the serious stuff – working for yourself means that you also need to manage your own finances (adequately) in order to stay afloat! When you start working for yourself no one else is going to put away tax money for you (you’ve gotta do that yourself), no one is going to pay you Superannuation (you might have a different name for that in the US – like retirement money), and no one is going to keep track of all your business expenses – but you! I have found the best way to do this is to have a budget book, a receipts book for business expenses and to put a portion of your income in a separate bank account to pay tax at the end of the financial year. As far as saving money for retirement goes, I’m a pretty bad influence on that one. I love saying yes to things and doing what I feel like at the time… so my saving advice is pretty dismal. Its all very time consuming but if you don’t do it you will suffer in the long run!

Don’t undervalue (or overvalue) your work

When you take on blogging as your “full time job”, you are essentially committing yourself to actually earn a living off blogging and not just do it as a hobby. STILL DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF IT, but don’t spend too long undervaluing your work because you’re too timid to charge industry standards for your work (i.e. selling your photos, copy writing, editing, consulting – the list of how bloggers make money is endless). One mistake I did make was always doing things for free – for a very long time – because it took me a while to realise that I was running out of money (again, don’t ask me for saving advice!) When I finally realised that in order to keep travelling I would need to actually be making money I soon got my act together and am now in a better financial position than I could ever have imagined – thanks blogosphere!

Make lists

I’m a shocker for lists. I make lists to make lists. Really. But this is how I get things done. I always get asked how I manage full time travel with x1 blog post per day, daily social uploads and side projects (some I can’t even share with you yet!), but this is precisely how. Write lists, do the things on the lists in the sequence they present themselves and you’ll find your productivity levels soar.

You’ve got to Spend money to Make money

Well this is a point I’ve never had trouble with! The premise of owning a business of any kind (not just a small business) is that you’ve got to spend money to make money. Don’t be afraid to invest in your passion as if you keep up the hard work and consistency, you will see the reward in the long run! Blogging isn’t about making quick money, it is about loving something so much that you do it for free, but one day someone realises how much you love what you are doing that they choose to pay you for what you do.



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    April 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Loved this post Brooke.
    I happen to juggle between a full-time job and blogging.
    Though I am renovating my room and hopefully would create a workspace as suggested by you.

    Also, dressing up! Damn – I really can’t get away from my PJs. I will have to look onto that too.

    February 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Getting dressed is a big one! Sounds so simple and sensical but some days it’s so easy to realise it’s lunchtime and I’ve been writing/working/blogging from the minute I woke up! Im a listaholic so got that one down pat, where I need to pull up my socks is setting work hours. With them I find myself fiddling, fixing & fussing over my laptop at all hours of the night! Does not make for a happy boyfriend!

    February 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    totally agree with all the above!!!

    January 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Getting dressed and having a dedicated space are definite musts. I am still using my dining table as a desk, but am considering getting a standing desk now to put in front of a window so I get a bit of a different view while working.

    Beatrice - Mademoiselle Nomad
    January 27, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for another smashing post, Brooke. So glad for you that after all the travels, you get to catch a break (albeit short, as it seems you’re on the road in Asia currently!) from time to time. I’m a digital nomad so work mostly from home (wherever that is in the moment). I absolutely agree that getting dressed makes one more productive, but also gives you the boost you need for the day. If you dress well and look presentable, you’re more likely to feel inspired and creative versus apathy. I also try as much as possible to throw in a walk, or some time in nature so I don’t get cabin fever. I will make a sandwich and go eat in the garden for instance, or go for a brisk walk after my work shift.

    January 26, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Oh, thank you for sharing this post. This is exactly what I’m going through right now. Your post helped me to stay motivated. BTW, I can confirm that dress up every day really helps to be more productive. 🙂


    Greg Norrell
    January 26, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Good tips. I work from home and find it hard to set hours. When I think of things that need done, suddenly I’m back at work…

    January 26, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Great tips! I always struggle working from home on boring tasks, it’s fine with things that really interest me, but the more mundane aspects of blogging/working from home I struggle to be productive with. Hopefully some of these tips will help me out!

    January 25, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I think it’s ever harder when you are travelling full time as well. It’s so hard for me to schedule in time for blogging and work while I’m exploring. I need to be really disciplined!

    January 25, 2016 at 1:51 am

    This is awesome advice! You are right about getting dressed makes you more productive and the part about spending money to make money. Good stuff. Thank you for sharing!

    Sarah Attaway
    January 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I love your tip on getting dressed and not staying in your pjs! It probably completely changes your mindset for the day! And I live by lists! I even make lists of things I’ve already accomplished just so I can see what I’ve gotten done and how productive {or not} I’ve been!

    Thanks for the great tips!


    January 24, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Best tip for any business – you have to spend money to make money. Thanks Brooke!

    Agata Lemos
    January 24, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Wonderful tips 🙂 All your post on blogging are spot on! Thank you for sharing

    January 24, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Great tips!

    Emily Schatzel
    January 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I just started a blog recently to document my summer road trips, trips through my home state of California and my year abroad that I will be taking in Brazil beginning in August! I am so excited to share my travels and your blog inspires me daily! Lots of love!

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    January 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    These are all fantastic tips and I’ll seriously take all of them into account in 2016! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Happy travels 🙂

    Astarie Dennis
    January 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this advice. I have decided that 2016 will be my year to focus more on my blog and YouTube and making it the business that I want and need it to be in order to live the life that I really want. I will be pinning and saving this.

    Nikki Vargas
    January 23, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Wow! What a helpful post and I really appreciate you being candid and even admitting you’re not that great at saving (join the club). I would love to hear more about how you managed to transition from working for free to getting paid? I’m a full time travel writer/blogger and most of my income comes from freelance gigs in advertising (my former career) and while I can generate money via sponsored posts and company partnerships, more often than not i am traveling, reviewing hotels and going on trips in exchange for exposure. Curious to hear from a pro how you managed to negotiate to get paid on top of that?

    Thanks Brooke! Always always an inspiration and great resource.



    January 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    I am in the process of redoing my office so that it will be more inspirational. I think its so important to help stay motivated!

    Rhea Taylor
    January 23, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Thank you so much for the great advice. I will never forget this, I will have this printed and framed and put it in my little ‘I love me room’ “Blogging isn’t about making quick money, it is about loving something so much that you do it for free, but one day someone realizes how much you love what you are doing that they choose to pay you for what you do.” What a very encouraging statement especially for new bloggers like me. Thank you again!

    January 23, 2016 at 1:14 am

    These are great tips!! Thanks for sharing : )



    January 23, 2016 at 1:02 am

    This article is really inspiring ! I love the part about making list and being organized ! 🙂

    Kenza from

    January 22, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Brooke, great advises! Especially I like the one about inspirational workplace (already imagine what I am going to change).

    Another good one – is to dress up. Is very applicable to me, cause when I am blogging the entire day from home , I’ve found myself all the day going around in pj’s and it was pretty embarrassing.

    I’ve also realized it makes you more productive when you wear something better than pajama lol
    Another trick that helps to be more productive – I start going for a short run 30 -40 minutes outside or a for a walk. Exercise and fresh air are so good for the brain and for the body.
    After that I become even more productive.

    by the way, I was trying to purchase a book, but the payment could not go through for some reason. I was also trying to contact you on FB in regards of this questions, but no one answered.

    January 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Such good advice, thank you! Even if you don’t work from home there’s still some good tips in there such as when I study from home! x

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    January 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Yep, we can relate to some of your points. We always dress in more comfortable clothes when we’re working from home.. This means a leggings, a big sweater, hair up in a bun and we’re ready for work.
    What helps us sometimes is to just stand up from the screen and go outside to take a deeeeep breathe of fresh air und to walk around a bit. It helps to clear your mind and get some oxygen for your brain. It will thank you for that 😉
    Love, Anna & Vanessa

    PS: We NEED that “Shake it off”-print 😀

    January 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Really great tips! Thanks so much for sharing.
    I’ve just recently started working at home and at first I wasn’t structured enough and things were going poorly. I’ve found that lately structuring my day keeps me on track. I’m so much more productive and enjoy my day so much more!

    January 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    These are such great tips, and so handy for me right now! I’m juggling a Masters Thesis and my blog, so having a clear work space, as well as ‘blog hours’, ‘master hours’ and ‘off hours’ is incredibly important! 🙂

    January 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Brooke

    Thank you for all your tips and stories! I have an urgent decission to make. I have the opportunity to go on a trip around te world. I’ll be going to London, the USA, New Zeeland, Australia and Thailand. The flight tickets are cheaper than I expected. I want to sleep via couchsurfing and housesitting and I want to work in Australia. I have doubts because I am scared it will cost me so much more than I expect or have.. Should I just do it or do you have tips? I have to make a decission in 7 hours..

    Thank youuu
    Lots of love

    January 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Good tips! About a month I will work from home one day a week, so I am glad with these tips!

    January 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Great advice, as relevant for a full-time work-at-home type as for someone making their side hustle work from home! Thanks for sharing your experience and expertise on this front!

    January 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Lists for sure help me a lot! Sometimes I tend to make them too long, and feel overwhelmed with how much things I’m “supposed” to get done, but it balances in the end. Getting dressed is a great tip too!

    Karen Farber
    January 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

    These tips are great! There’s so much discipline that goes into working from home, and I’m still trying to figure that part out! Getting dressed in the morning, creating a to-do list for the day, and setting up “work” hours are all essential to being productive.

    January 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I absolutely adore your blog and these tips were so incredibly helpful. I’ve been blogging for years and am only just now starting to make a go at actually earning money from it because my husband and I are about to spend the next two years traveling around the country every few weeks for work. Hotels will be our home and blogging is pretty much the only job I’ll still be able to do. Anyway, thank you again for sharing! 🙂

    January 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Good advice! I can work remotely and all these things are so true! Getting dressed is important and liking the environment you work in and being inspired by it is important. I treat working from home just like I would working from a corporate office. I make a schedule for myself too.

    January 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I just find it hard where to invest your money when it comes to blogging. There’s so many options it’s hard to know which will work best! I agree with the getting dressed part it really does change your mindset

    January 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Totally agree! Especially with the last point with investing money. It is hard if you don’t have that much to spend on it but I do spend money on my blog and I see it as an investment that eventually will help me in the long term 🙂 Thanks for sharing your ideas.