8 Essential Apps to Help You Successfully Work From Home

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More and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. These companies have found that it’s a great way to please their employees, and it’s also a great way to cut overhead costs.

If you are working from home, it’s important that you stay organized and prove to your boss that you’re using your time wisely. After all, if your boss realizes that you’re slacking off while on the clock, they will use it as a reason to let you go. Thankfully, with the power of technology at your fingertips, there are plenty of apps that can help you be successful and organized while working from home.

1. Dropbox

When you work from home, you will need to share files with your coworkers and clients, and if you have a big attachment, you know that sometimes email just doesn’t cut it. Thankfully, you can use Dropbox, a tool that allows you to save all of your work on the cloud and share it with anyone. With Dropbox, not only will you be able to easily share your documents with coworkers and clients, but you’ll also be able to access your work from anywhere. So even if you were working on a document on your home computer, you’ll still be able to access that document from your smartphone, tablet or other computer if necessary.

2. Evernote

Evernote is your one-stop app for keeping yourself organized. With Evernote, you can easily manage all of your projects in one location. Evernote allows you to create notes and to-do lists, store web pages for you to access later, take and save photos (with captions and notes), and even create voice notes. Plus, you can sync all of the data you save in Evernote with all of your devices, so you’ll be able to access everything from anywhere.

3. Doodle

If you need to schedule meetings with other people, Doodle is the best app to help you do just that. With the app, you can hold meetings or polls, and anyone with a mobile device or desktop computer is able to join in. Their scheduling feature will easily allow you to find the right time for everyone to meet and get down to business.

4. Skype

Working from home doesn’t mean you’re locked in solitude. You can still hold face-to-face meetings with coworkers and clients, but your face-to-face will be seen through a screen. Skype is a necessary app for those individuals that need to hold meetings. This way, you and your coworkers/clients don’t have to worry about getting to and from a physical location and instead can get the meeting started quickly in a virtual setting.

5. Self Control

One of the biggest challenges that people face while working from home is staying on track. After all, with the computer at your fingertips and nobody checking what you’re looking at, you can easily get distracted in Pinterest, Facebook or plenty of other websites instead of working. Not anymore.

Self Control is an app designed to help keep you focused on your work. With the app, you can block specific websites for up to 24 hours. So, instead of wasting time reading your News Feed, you can block Facebook on your computer to keep you actually working on your projects. This will ensure you’re production rates remain high, and it will certainly put your boss’s mind at ease.

6. Wunderlist

Staying organized is essential, and a great way to stay organized is to create lists. Wunderlist is a great app that can help you remain organized while working from home. The app allows you to create lists, and you can even create more than one. You can add as many tasks to your lists as you want, and you can even set reminders about the items on your list to help you complete all your tasks. Plus, once you’re finished, you can cross an item off your list, which will certainly help you stay on track.

7. PayPal

PayPal is a necessary app if you’re a freelance worker. Not only can you accept payment via PayPal, which is so much nicer than waiting for a handwritten check to be sent out, but you can also submit your own invoices through the app as well. Now, whenever you complete a job, you can quickly send off an invoice to your client right away, eliminating the need for the stamps, envelopes and the constant slowness of the USPS.

8. Office Time

You and your boss will likely want to keep track of your time while working from home. Office Time is a great app to help showcase exactly what you’re doing. You can download the app to your desktop computer, or you can use it on your tablet or smartphone. You can then submit reports to your boss, or you can submit invoices to clients showing exactly how much time was spent on each project, making this app extremely beneficial to everyone involved.

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5 Tips to Help You Successfully Work From Home

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Working from home can provide plenty of benefits. For example, you don’t have to deal with a long commute, you can work in your pajamas, and you don’t have to deal with those annoying coworkers (at least not in person).

But while working from home can be a blessing, it can also pose plenty of challenges. Working from home means having more distractions, and if you’re not careful, you could end up losing your career due to lack of time management and organization. If you work from home (or would like to), the following tips will help you be more prepared to do so successfully.

1. Create one designated area for work.

It may be tempting to work from the comfort of your couch, and then your bed, and then the kitchen, but this will hurt your productivity. When working from home, it’s very important that you create a designated work environment that’s away from distractions. Make sure this area is away from a TV, bed, couch, kitchen or any other thing that would distract you from actually working. This area should be quiet, and it should be the place you go to work and the place you leave when work is over. This way, you will be able to work without distractions, and your friends and family will also know not to bother you when you’re in your office.

2. Set specific work hours.

Sometimes your employer will set work hours for you and sometimes they will give you the freedom to work your own hours. If you have the freedom to work when you want, it’s very important that you set work hours to follow everyday. This way, you will be able to stay more organized. Your friends and family will know not to expect you during those days and hours, and your clients and coworkers will know exactly when they can get a hold of you. Plus, having set hours will allow you to stop working each day and allow you to focus on your personal life, and this is essential if you have a family.

3. Stay in touch.

When you work from home, you don’t build the same type of relationships with your coworkers or bosses. You could easily be overlooked for promotions if you work from home while everyone else is at the office, or you could miss out on important company information. It’s very important that you stay in touch with everyone you work with. Stay in touch with your bosses to show that you’re still a valuable member of the team, and stay in touch with coworkers to make sure you’re fulfilling all of your responsibilities. The more vocal you can be, the less likely you’ll be overlooked.

4. Stay extremely organized.

When you don’t have someone literally breathing down your neck, you can become more distracted. It’s very important that you eliminate all distractions by staying organized. Use lists to stay on top of your daily/weekly/monthly responsibilities. Organize your email inbox to stay in control of your emails, and use tools like Self Control to keep you from wasting time on the Internet instead of working. When you’re organized, you’ll be able to use your time more efficiently, and this will help you be more successful.

5. Take breaks.

When you worked in an office, you were required by law to take breaks. If you want to successfully work from home, you need to take breaks every now and then. Get up and walk around for a few minutes or grab a quick snack. Just make sure that you’re only taking the right amount of time for your breaks and not wasting too much time. These breaks will allow you to step away from your desk and recharge, which is essential to successfully working from home.

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My Biggest Leap of Faith – Because It Works! And Now You Can Work with Me!!!!

Earlier this year, prior to my placing SlimFitMama up for sale, I was doing some research in new topics to introduce to my blog readers. That’s when I happened on a discussion about ItWorks and their body wraps. Some people call them crazy wraps or skinny wraps. I became intrigued with the images I was seeing and the stories I was reading, but it turned out to be one of those things I was kinda-sorta interested in, but I didn’t put much thought into it.

Curiosity

Over the following months, I saw more people talking about them – again, I did a bit more research, but the fact that it was a direct sales company, I really didn’t want much to do with it.

Throughout my entire adult life, I have tried a handful of direct sales companies and failed horribly! I sucked at Mary Kay and Avon – and a really long time ago, I bought into a pre-paid calling card company. Fail. Fail. Fail.

Listen to the Call

Still, ItWorks kept popping up on my radar. Each time, I grew more and more curious. Mainly because I wanted to TRY it, but also because the people who were involved seemed to be SO positive and enthusiastic about the products and about the lives they were changing.

Changing Lives! That’s what I have always wanted to do and what I have been really good AT! There’s such a good feeling that comes from lifting another person up and giving them HOPE and inspiring them to be the best THEY can be.

I wanted that too!

In October, I was browsing through my Facebook feed and saw a friend mention she had some wraps if anyone wanted them to message her. People flocked to them like they were a drug!

A light bulb went on!

I messaged the girl and asked the usual questions – Does it really work? What’s it do? How much is it?

It was then that I found out she wasn’t a distributor – she was just a person who used the products and LOVED them.

There really was something to that WRAP thing and I wanted in!

My friend said she was going to be signing up – so I waited, politely, for her to join since she was my personal tipping point of wanting in myself.

I’m Not a Patient Person

A couple of weeks went by and she had not joined – so being the impatient person I am, I didn’t want to wait anymore. ItWorks had presented itself to me so many times over the previous months, I knew in my heart that God was offering me something and I needed to accept it. Some way, somehow!

I went to the ItWorks primary Facebook page to explore what friends I had that were mutual. That’s when I found Val, a girl I went to high school with. I clicked through to her profile and saw she was listed as a distributor. Again, I reached out, asking lots of questions. After hearing her enthusiasm and seeing more images of REAL results that could be verified by someone I know and trust – I wasn’t about to wait another day.

I Made the Small Investment in Something HUGE!

Before Wraps and After Wrap 3 - WrapWithGayla That day, I made the choice to invest $99 of money I really didn’t have to spare – to become a distributor. I knew if I received the product and it did for me what it had done for others, I would want ALL IN!

I received my product just before Thanksgiving. Due to the holiday, I set it aside and would “get to it” after the rush was over. After seeing my own results from ONE WRAP, I was hooked. I have been singing like a lark ever since. Yes, those images are ME! As shameful as the BEFORE picture is, I have something MUCH better to share that is MORE ME than I have been in a very long time! See it? It really DOES Work! (Top picture was Monday, December 1 – middle picture was after the first wrap – seven hours later. Bottom picture was taken right after wrap 3 on December 8, 2014)

I was not going to be one of those people who sat by, passively and end up months from now, wishing I had gotten in when I felt the call to do so.

How many times has that happened to you?

The Elf on a Shelf if a PRIME example of me not listening to a call and watching as something GRAND happened for someone else when it SHOULD have been ME!

There are women, men and couples all around, who have listened to the call and are loving life, changing lives, paying off their debts and making HUGE profits from a small $99 investment.

Where else can you start your own business for UNDER $100 and have a huge team of supporters, positive influences and surround yourself with all that is good from DAY 1?

NOWHERE!

In 2014, ItWorks experienced exponential growth for the second year in a row, It Works! boomed on the Inc. 500 list, ranking No. 290 from last year’s placement, No. 436. The company experienced a substantial growth this year of 1,565.3 percent, compared to the 2013 list.

ItWorks is considered one of America’s FASTEST growing, private companies for a reason! In 2010 the company generated $27.5 million on revenue – in 2013 that jumped to more than $456.3 million!

Amazing!

If you haven’t jumped on board yet and are the least bit curious, Ask! I am available on Facebook, Twitter, email, Skype or even by text – phone calls by appointment just because I want to make sure I have the time and the quiet to have a meaningful chat.

· Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of a company that is growing by 500%?

· A company that is debt free?

· Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of a huge movement of changing health and incomes daily? 

We are growing so quickly! And THIS IS a ground floor opportunity with the potential to make you hundreds, thousands, even millions of dollars! One local girl has blown my mind by earning a $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000 bonus JUST THIS YEAR! There is a mighty force moving in her life and she’s sharing it with everyone.

I want to be THAT girl!

Now, I am looking for people who want to change their entire lives by joining MY team!

You must be a go getter and willing to do what it takes to reach your own goals! It takes a little effort and dedication but it is certainly easier than working a 9-5 and SO much fun!

If you want friendships, fun and financial freedom, get a hold of me! I would love to have you on my team and climb the ranks WITH you! Celebrate the milestones and support you the entire WAY!

So what do you have to do to get your own results?

Here’s the scoop… I discuss the wraps because that’s what I use – but there is a whole line of products to get you healthy and fit, Quick! I also use Confianza as my Adderall replacement. Love It!

Option 1: You can purchase 4 wraps for $99 retail

Option 2: You can become a Loyal Customer and get a box of wraps for $59. A LC signs up for 3 months auto-ship of product, plus they get a link to share. If anyone purchases product through that link, the LC will earn free product points to be used on any product they like. Many LC’s are purchasing extra wraps, selling them for $25 each to cover the cost of their own wrapping and to make a little extra cash.

Option 3: You can become a Distributor. Get your own website where you can earn an income and product from purchases made through your links.

Option 4: Do nothing and months from now, wish you had.

That choice is entirely yours! But I would LOVE to have you join me on this amazing journey to ultimate success and financial freedom!

Here are the ways you can reach me:

Facebook

Twitter

Email

Skype: gayla.baer

Text: 765.635.8982

If you’re curious – If you keep thinking you want to but something keeps holding you back – STOP IT! God, a higher power, the Universe or whatever you believe in is telling you THIS IS IT! Do IT! DO IT NOW!!!!

Trust me, I wish I had listened to my calling way back in May!

Can’t wait to talk to you and bring you on my amazing team – where WE will change lives, starting with our own!

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