I'm creating a new course for you and I'd love your input

Last Update: January 06, 2019

Working from Home Survey

As you know, I create video tutorials and courses, and I need your help to narrow down the subject of my next course/video.

I would really appreciate it if you could answer the following questions, either in the comments below or via private message.

  1. What is your biggest problem with working from home?

  2. Why would it make a difference in your life to get a good answer for this problem or find a solution for your need? (Details, please.)

  3. How difficult has it been for you to find a good solution so far? Please just choose a number 😊
    1. Not at all difficult
    2. Somewhat difficult
    3. Very difficult

Send me a private message if you’d like to be contacted when I have a solution to your problem.

Thank you, friends.

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DianneBee Premium
Just seeing this today. About a year ago I was making some progress with traffic - FB group etc. Then I had a blind-siding event that took the wind out of my sails, and made a move to a different town.
I am still working full time, so recovery has been slow. The renewed Site Comments system has helped.
I think my main problem now is believing that this can work. All the work, learning et al certainly keeps my brain alive.
I am starting to think that internet marketing only happens for peeps who can put in 8-12 hours a day to get ahead.
I hope I'm wrong!
All the input below is valuable to read and think about.
1. Doubt that I'm not running in place.
2. My mindset is my responsibility, but seeing some progress (just a little more money!) would help.
3. 2.
Thank you Marion.
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MarionBlack Premium
Most of the hard work is in the early stages and that's when most people give up. Make a commitment to yourself that you will work hard for at least a year. Then put in as much time as you can spare. You can make this work if you stick with it.
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hanley Premium
Hi Marion.

I moved home to run a small business many years ago and am still here. There are so many benefits but the one recurring issue is the lack of feedback support.
In an office, you can bounce ideas around and come up with a conclusion which is not so possible sitting at home. I do arrange a work meeting with a staff member weekly that helps a little.
I do believe this has hindered results over time

With WA
The WA forum is ok but does not quite do it for me.

I would love to have a WA group for a weekly live meet.. Reading the posts daily does help because you do get some variety in thoughts as well but it is never the same as a verbal barrage.

Might have to move to SA, LOL

Peter H

ps, as a closing thought and with telephone technology, a group discussion meeting over a conference call could be an idea?

Just saying
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MarionBlack Premium
I have Skype contacts so I'm not "home alone" all the time.

If you're ever in Adelaide I'd love to meet over a cup of coffee.
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fyre Premium
1) I don't make quite enough to just focus on my WA projects yet, but I'm getting there. Also, Gutenburg lolz kidding (not really kidding and praying you do some tutorials soon because you explain things in a way I can understand)

2) Because, it would free my mind if I only had a few things to focus on at home instead of the 10 different projects always on my plate. Im almost there..I can taste it! *chuckles @ herself*

3) Somewhat difficult.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for your input, Fyre.

In the dark grey search box at the top of this page type: "gutenberg marionblack" (without the quotes).
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fyre Premium
I must have been tired and missed that!

Omgods, thank you so kindly , as always Marion!
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RussellO1 Premium
!. Those who understand a concept often think everyone else understands it. They forget to simplify it for those who are not at their level eg, how to go about deciding what affiliate product to promote and how to get their link displayed on a webpage.

2 It would help me choose products and add the links to my posts, and at the same time, do content specific reviews.

3. 2
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MarionBlack Premium
You're so right, Russell. That's a real problem when you're starting out.

Thanks for your input.
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RussellO1 Premium
You're welcome Marion. Waithing to learn more from you.
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JKulk1 Premium
Totally agree Russell.
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EarlWest Premium
My situation is very, very specific niche.
If I were to work from home I would probably do hypnosis and coaching.

My problems are of two flavors, one universal and one is very specific.

The common one is:

* I don't feel like I have the training, experience, confidence.

The specific on, and probably the easiest to remedy.

* Where I am living I don't think I could work with clients. MAYBE I could on Skype or Zoom but since people live upstairs it would at best feel awkward.

It has been very hard to solve my problem.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for chiming in, Earl.

Just a quick suggestion, if there are other people who may observe you "talking to yourself" on Skype, use a set of headphones. It sort of makes it obvious that you're communicating with someone who is not in the room.
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CarolMeador Premium
Hi, Marion. I think my biggest problem at this time is getting rid of distractions caused by my recent move....the unpacked boxes are in my office area, and I have difficulty making myself work on my WA goals with this mess staring me in the face.

I have set a goal of having all the unpacking, sorting, and downsizing completed by Jan. 31 so that I can focus on my WA work without feeling guilty about not completing the moving project.

So I guess I should say that time management (doing the work I had planned to do each day regardless of distractions) as well as dealing with the distractions themselves would be my biggest challenge for working from home at this time.

I think I would be a lot more relaxed and productive if I had the clutter in my office cleared out. And it would also take care of the problem of feeling guilty when I'm doing my WA work if something else needs to be done, and vice versa.

How difficult? 3.... I keep procrastinating on both because I'm not making progress on either issue. Hope this makes sense.

Carol
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MarionBlack Premium
I hear you, Carol. Maybe you could divide your time into chunks and concentrate on one task for a given amount of time then switch to another.
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CarolMeador Premium
Sounds like a good idea, Marion. Had been thinking along those lines myself, but hadn't made any decisions about timing and what to do first yet.
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cbruni Premium
Hi Marion,
My biggest problem in working from home is the same as when I went to school for my BA, on-line.
Time management and saying no, no, no.
Managing your time and setting deadlines is a difficult task. I think that was my most difficult jump-overs. You have to be determined to accomplish something.
Any solutions are always welcome in my book.
It was definitely a number 3 to find a solution foir working from home.
Any new ones, please, let me know.
Cyn
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank, Cyn.
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Cass51 Premium
Hi Marion, I struggle with a lot of the technical side of things and have found your training helpful as you keep it simple and easy to follow. Working from home means there is no-one to walk me through these things so I guess anything along these lines is going to be valuable to me. Thanks, Cass
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you, Cass. That helps.
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Kim40515 Premium
Thank you so much Marion!

My biggest problem with working from home is focus.

It would make a huge difference in my life to get a good answer for this problem because I still work outside the home full time and I'm working towards working full time only at home. I really need some strategies before I am home all the time. I've been thinking I might need to go to a coffee shop or something, but then that kind of negates some of the reasons I wanted to work from home to begin with lol.

And then, how difficult has it been for me to find a good solution so far? 2

Thank you again,
Kim
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for your input, Kim. I hear you about the distractions.
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for your question/blog post Marion, I also like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

In answer to your questions:

1) Managing time between off-line job and online job.

2) I'm always interested in how people manage time, personally, the best way for me to work on my online business is to start early in the morning, I normally start at 5 AM as I am much more productive first thing in the morning.

3) 2
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for responding, Roy. It seems like time management is a recurring theme.
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for your comment, Marion. I can imagine that many people struggle with time, including myself! 18 months ago I was privileged to get married after a lifetime of singleness for both of us, however, after all those years of singleness, I'm struggling to mix off-line/online/wife time to find the right balance! That's not a complaint, just a change in circumstances.

Enjoy your day Marion.

Roy
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Terand Premium
Q) What is your biggest problem with working from home?
A)
(I) Too much time and lose control. (For those singles, without kid)
Either totally engrossed in WA activities, for very long hours (replying messages/blogs/writing articles/building website,etc.)
(II) Ended up doing housework, if you are those who like to do housework (I am. Ha)
(III) For those with younger kids, you need to take care of them.

Q) Why would it make a difference in your life to get a good answer to this problem or find a solution for your need? (Details, please.)
A) Be focused and plan what needs to be done, daily/weekly or monthly.
Example: To settle whatever household stuff or errant first before I can sit down to do my WA work.

Q) How difficult has it been for you to find a good solution so far? Please just choose a number 😊

A) Somewhat difficult.
Reason: Sometimes, the situation may changes. There may be times when there is a change in plan. Say, your family member needs you to perform some task.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for your input, Terand.
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Terand Premium
You are most welcome, Marion! :o)
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elores Premium
My biggest problem with working from home is "distraction" There are too many things to keep you distracted if you are not disciplined to keep your focus on your task.

2. I would be nice to have a solution to overcome this problem and I think I have to have a good mindset to forget what is causing the distractions so that I can overcome them to be more focus on what I am doing.

3. 2

Thanks for asking.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for taking the time, Delores. It's easy to get distracted.
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JKulk1 Premium
Hi Marion.
1. Finding enough time. I'm limited due to my off line business and family pressures.
2.Because I need a reasonable income to replace my current one
I don't know how long I can keep up the hard work my off line job requires. I came home early today because my back was aching.
3.3.
Thanks Jim
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MarionBlack Premium
So much to do, so little time. Thanks for your insight.
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totas Premium
Hi Marion and thank you for investigating issues that are of concern.
1/ My biggest problem working from home stems from exhaustion from my daily job, mornings Iam getting ready for work and after I get home I feel I need a little zone out before taking on more tasks. I have tried to solve this by at least trying to taking 1 hour everyday to work on my WA Progression, then at least I can relax knowing I have done something even if its only 1 or 2 small things. It also keeps me connected to my work here. Not my preferred way of working and very frustrating as it takes me 10-20 minutes to settle in to a task.

2/An answer to this problem would be wonderful, especially the guilt I sometimes feel at not making enough progress.

3/ Somewhat difficult.

Cheers Janelle
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for responding, Janelle. It can be difficult juggling a job, with commuting, learning new stuff, and running a new business.
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hordol2013 Premium
1. I have small children and can do things here and there during the day, and aim for bigger tasks during naptime. But I find I'm never able to get as far as I hope and everything takes me longer than I think it will. I tell myself I'll work after the kids go to bed, but I'm afraid I'm exhausted myself and any creative energy I had for writing is completely depleted (I'm a morning person).

2. Yes, I think it would make a difference. Not sure what more I can do on top of what I'm already trying to do (wake up early and work hard at nap time). But maybe there are ideas I haven't thought of.

3. Somewhat difficult (2)
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MarionBlack Premium
Time management seems to be a recurring problem. Thanks for your input, Holly.
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lynnsam61 Premium
Marion,
This is a much needed tutorial for many of us who struggle to find privacy and time. The main problem I've been having (only recently) is that my 3 adult children have been home for an extended visit - one from college, one from grad school and one of whom has mental health issues. He may be here for some time. Needless to say, this has taken the wind out of my sails. Normally working from home is great.
Happy New Year!
Erica
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for responding, Erica. I appreciate you taking time out of your hectic schedule.

Happy New Year! 🎈
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Nkaujzeb Premium
What is your biggest problem with working from home?

I don't have a problem working from home. My problem is I'm still working a full-time job 10/4.

Why would it make a difference in your life to get a good answer for this problem or find a solution for your need? (Details, please.)

Yes, it would make a difference because then I would put more time on my website to make more income so I wouldn't have to work anymore.

Because of my full-time job, I forget how one thing work and I would have to sit down and redo everything over and over again and it wastes a lot of time.
For example: trying to put up a static page to have all the information on top before the fold.

How difficult has it been for you to find a good solution so far? Please just choose a number 😊
1. Not at all difficult
2. Somewhat difficult
3. Very difficult

2
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MarionBlack Premium
I understand where you're coming from Kelly. Time management can be a big issue.
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GayleneNepia Premium
Hi Marion,

1) My biggest problem is prioritising. I have so much on that my online business has suffered.

2) It would help me to clearly see what really is important and what I should let go of.

3) 1 - I know the answer is out there and I know where to find it, the problem is letting go.

I look forward to the training :-)
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks, Gaylene. I sometimes forget to look at my TA DA list (not a TO DO list, when I cross something off, I say TA DA!)
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heljam404A Premium
Hi, Marion, I guess the one problem I'm having is recruiting people and also finding more time for my business.
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Cav1966 Premium
Yep recruiter referrals goes along with my others
I second this one for sure.
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MarionBlack Premium
Noted, Robert. Thanks for your input.
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FKelso Premium
My biggest problem is the computer. There is no one here to help if it crashes and no one who is very knowledgeable about problems I might face.

It is also difficult to resolve technical problems for me because I don't know much. When something goes wrong, I come to a standstill until I find someone who can help me out. It's really good we have such a supportive group.

#2 -- In spite of difficulties, eventually I find answers.
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MarionBlack Premium
Not that you're a dummy, Fran, but you may find "Computers for Seniors for Dummies" helpful. You can get it from Amazon.

Thanks for your input.
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Cav1966 Premium
If only I had the traffic it would be more enjoyable LOL not what you were really looking for I guess. Ok seriously I wouldnt mind a more updated training on landing pages and the use of autoresponders
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MarionBlack Premium
This IS what I'm looking for Cathy. That's three great ideas for me.
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Cav1966 Premium
Oh goodie whens the training. 😀😀😀
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phil1944 Premium
I'm pretty much with Diane here.

I love and have no problem working from home. But then I'm retired and all my children are adults.

Certainly my brain gets a bit mushy after a couple of solid hours on the computer but I use a rewards system like Diane. My rewards are

Walk for an hour and a half alongside the river or through the National Park.
Go for an hour and a half bike ride.
Go to the beach and surf.
Lift weights.

Living in paradise (Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia) sure helps.

And while it's not difficult to find a solution (the Internet abounds with them) finding a solution that works... ahh, that's different. I believe WA will be it.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Way to go Phil - your rewards sound a lot more fun than mine!
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MarionBlack Premium
I love your rewards system, Phil. Thanks for mentioning it.
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pasionazul Premium
Hello Marion,
Tomorrow I will send you a private response to your "very interesting" recent post. I tell you tomorrow because it is not easy for me to get them to understand me correctly in a language that is not mine. You are a VERY VALUABLE person within WA. See you tomorrow!
Claudio
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you, Claudio. I'll look forward to reading it.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi Marion - interesting topic but I can't really contribute as I love working from home! I am a freelance web writer and proofreader and work approximately 8 hours per day.

I used to have a problem with self-discipline when I first started. It is all too easy to just have a quick glance at emails and before you know it an hour has passed by.

What I do now is operate a reward system which may be a solution for others. I work for 2 hours and then have a 15 minute break to do whatever I want. And repeat...

Look forward to seeing your next tutorial, Diane
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MarionBlack Premium
Self-discipline can be difficult sometimes. Have you tried the Pomodoro technique?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Thanks Marion - not heard of this technique before but essentially it is the method I use but a bit more sophisticated by using a timer. I just keep looking at the clock lol
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Calh60 Premium
Hi Marion,

In my current job, I worked from home every day for about 3 years. It was like a dream come true for me. Then, in June of 2017, my company merged with an advertising firm and we had to move to an office in the downtown area. This was a severe blow to me and my moral.

You see, I worked as a law enforcement officer for 23 years driving in downtown traffic sometimes 12 hours a day. So, working from home with no interruptions was perfect for me. I'm more productive and really like not having to dress to work, buy food, drive through rush hour traffic and get interrupted by an endless chain of people walking by my desk. I have convinced my boss to allow me to work from home three days a week.

So, my problem is one you can't help with I think. I need to work from home 5 days a week.

This being said, I really like your post and I am interested to see what other members see as their work from home issues.

Thanks,

Cal
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for sharing, Cal. I used to run my own business from a downtown office and I wasted so much time commuting every day.
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Calh60 Premium
Exactly, I figure about 2.5 hours a day. Not to mention wear and tear on my vehicle, paying for gas and buying food. At a minimum $200.00 monthly just to work away from home. Very interesting idea you have for your course. I hope it goes well.
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DonnieK2 Premium
What is your biggest problem with working from home?
* For me, having my wife working from home 3 out of 5 days, for me is my biggest problem. On days the she's works her mid-day shift (hours) the traffic in and around my work area is great. On days that shes home working, i have to adjust to the noise level (phone calls/speaker phone) and movement). My thought train get side tracked more.

Why would it make a difference in your life to get a good answer for this problem or find a solution for your need? (Details, please.)
* Finding a good/great answer to this problem would mean my production level would be on the up beat more than struggling to get my goals for the day done.

How difficult has it been for you to find a good solution so far? Please just choose a number 😊
* 2
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for sharing, Donnie. The distractions are an important aspect that I had not considered.
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NnurseBecca Premium
Biggest problem was not making enough moolah. I have a lot of kids to feed :) I think it would make a difference to spend more time with my kids.
It has been somewhat difficult lately.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you, Becca. That helps.
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