More and more people are now starting to make a full-time living online. It’s actually relatively easy to do, as the web gives you access to a huge market, tons of creative and productive tools and resources, as well as the means to promote yourself around the globe. At the same time it also has many benefits – allowing you the freedom to work when and where you choose, removing any reliance on a boss or organisation, and affording you the potential earn far more money than you ever could as a ‘cog in the machine’.
But working online also means being self-disciplined, being imaginative and creative, and having a variety of skills that can earn you money. It means sitting in front of a computer every day for hours and focussing 100% on the work you’re doing. If you fail to earn any cash… well then you only have yourself to blame at the end of the day.
Getting good at this kind of work though is a matter of practice as well as having the best strategy. Read on to start creating the optimum environment for getting the maximum amount of work done…
Find a Coffee Shop
The first piece of advice that any online entrepreneur should know, is that working from home usually isn’t the best strategy. At home there are simply too many distractions and even if you can force yourself to focus you’ll probably find that you get cabin fever pretty quickly from spending all day there.
Coffee shops are much better environments for working in then, where you can feel as though you’re ‘out and about’ and where there will be no distractions to put you off working. The hustle and bustle in a coffee shop can also be conducive to work, which is why sites like ‘coffitivity.com’ are popular for increasing productivity.
Another tip is to go first thing in the morning – that’s when it’s quietest and the darkness outside will actually help you to focus and get more work done.
Have a Coffee
The next tip is to get yourself a strong coffee. Early in the morning this can give your brain a real kick, while the simple fact that you’ve got something hot to drink can make the experience of being here much more enjoyable. I normally go for a cappuccino from Pret A Manger – those are my favourites.
To complete this experience you should also buy yourself a great set of headphones. These should surround you with noise and should block out background chatter when it gets too loud. Play some music with a beat and no lyrics and you’ll find that it can really help to spur you on to be more productive while at the same preventing the experience from feeling ‘dry’ or ‘boring’.
Of course a great computer is also recommended, and for the best experience a slate PC with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse so that you can work just as though you were in an office. Keep the coffee flowing and the music pumping and you’ll find you can surprise even yourself with your output.