Work from Home – Create a Holistic Business that Nurtures Your Soul

by Kim on February 4, 2010

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How was work today?

Did you have to get up at the crack of dawn and drive to a place you can’t stand — where you feel like all the joy of life is slowly being sucked out of you?

Sound over dramatic?  I think not!

I know that’s how I felt when I used to work a 9 to 5 job.  I would get my paycheck and think, ‘Is this worth it?’  Is it worth it to let my life pass me by while I spend my days doing meaningless tasks for a big company that could care less about me?  Is it worth it to trade my valuable time for a few bucks an hour?  Is it worth it to let the life seep out of me because I am too exhausted to nurture my inner, authentic self?

No.  I decided that it wasn’t worth it, and I quit.

Find Your Inner Compass

It is the dream of every adult stuck in a dead-end job: to work from home.  However, the reality for many is that they will continue to work in their unfulfilling job because they either do not know how to transition to work from home or are afraid to try.

I urge – no beg – you not to mindlessly trade your hours for a few dollars.  If you do not truly love what you do, then it is time for a change.

What you do doesn’t make you who you are, but it can have a profound impact on your life.  I firmly believe that by taking a holistic approach to business ownership, you can not only survive without selling your soul for a paycheck, but you and your family can flourish as well.

Spend time considering your core values — what you hope to achieve for yourself and your family.  Then look at how your current life aligns with those values.

If they don’t line up, don’t be miserable — take a different approach to making money.  That could mean looking for a new job, but it might also mean that you can explore opportunities to work from home.

A Holistic Approach

As an entrepreneur or solo-professional, you are very much aware that your business is intertwined with all aspects of your life.  If the business has a bad month, your family might find itself eating mac ‘n cheese for dinner next week.

But how your business impacts you and your family goes beyond mere dollars and cents.  Taking a holistic approach to business ownership acknowledges that you are the driving force — the life blood — behind your success.

In other words, if you are balanced and nurtured as a person, your business will reflect that with greater prosperity.  When you are truly in tune with your authentic self, you will find that all aspects of your life benefit.  Intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and financially — it will all fall into place once you place a priority on your own health and well-being.

Creating a Holistic Business Plan

Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to work alone.  There are certain times when it helps to have an outside professional step in to lend a helping hand… business taxes and legal documents come to mind.

If you are confused about formulating a holistic approach to your business, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  I may be a bit biased, but I recommend coaching for solo-professionals and entrepreneurs. Using a coach is a great way to get at the heart of what truly drives you.  A business coach can also help you formulate strategies that will not only lead to greater profits but greater personal satisfaction as well.

At Mindset Success Coaching, we use a variety of proven techniques to help business owners find success.  Drop me a line if you are interested in learning what we can do for you.

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Catrien Ross February 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Kim, this is a wonderful post. Yes, holistic means exactly that – you and your business together make the whole of who you are and what you are working to achieve. There is is no separation – as you say, you yourself are the life blood and it all flows together to create your life. You presented many essential reminders – thank you. From the foot of Mount Fuji – Catrien Ross.

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Kim February 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Catrien,
It’s a joy to share with like minds — thank you!

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