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                Expert Briefs:
             Nicole Dean Asks Successful
               Marketers the Questions
                 You Wish you Could

                       “How to Make
            Working from Home
                              More Fun”
                                  By Nicole Dean
                                of www.NicoleontheNet.com

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© - Nicole Dean, Groovy Slug, LLC                                                                       page 2 of 10
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                            About Nicole:
                            Nicole Dean is the Mostly-Sane Marketer. (Ask anyone who knows her
                            and they’ll say that the “mostly” part is up for debate!)

                           Nicole loves to help online business owners to earn more money AND
                           have more fun! She is an expert in Affiliate Marketing, Affiliate
                           Management, “Lazy Marketing” for passive profits, Outsourcing
Effectively, and Marketing with Content. But, she’s got a secret. She uses a LOT of shortcuts.

Nicole juggles a lot of things, but she does it all without owning a Blackberry or giving out her cell
phone number. The reason she works from home is to have the freedom when and where she
wishes to work.

She enjoys work very much, but lives to spend time with her much-adored husband, her two silly
children – and also her two slightly neurotic puppies, Eddy (short for Edison) & Einstein.

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Welcome to another Expert Briefs. Where I ask Marketers the Questions
that are on your mind.

One of my favorite quotes about making work more fun is from my
friend Warren Whitlock:

       “If you can tell the difference between work and play, you
       aren’t doing one of them right.”

The first time I heard him say that, I wrote it down and then sat back in my chair, puzzled but in-

Warren is cool like that. He hits you with those blurbs that make your eyebrow go up and then you

On that note, if you can tell the different between work and play then this blog post is for you!

The question I asked our entrepreneurial experts today is:

                     “What are some of your favorite ways to make work fun?
               For instance, how do you fight boredom when working from home?”

And, here are their responses…

       Alice Seba of Contentrix.com says:

For me, even when it comes to work, if it’s not at least a little bit enjoyable, it’s not
worth doing.

That means:

   •   Keeping my business focused on topics and delivery of products/services I find interesting.
   •   When it comes to actual tasks, delegating the ones I don’t like to my contractors. For some
       reason, they seem to love this! 
   •   Forming partnerships that combine skills and interests in such a way that we share the load
       in a way we enjoy.

But that’s not really the FUN part. The fun part is the great people I meet and the time/luxuries an
online business schedule provides me.

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My work time is very focused and I always have a plan or to-do list ready. I limit distractions, del-
egate where possible and get ‘er done.

When the work is done, the fun starts.

It might be chatting it up on Twitter or Facebook with the great people I’ve come to know over the
years or visiting their blogs, I really enjoy the connection to other like-minded individuals. But this
activity is always separate from work time…work first, play later. By following this rule, I ensure my
business grows and I can afford more fun time.

And outside of the Internet world, keeping a strict and minimal schedule means for more time
with friends, family and other interests. I love that!

Overall, I love work and I love being productive…so that makes it enjoyable. But what’s most im-
portant is what I can do when the work is done. Now that’s FUN!

       Kelly McCausey from KellyMcCausey.com says:

The best insurance against boredom in my business life is variety.
If I had to do the same thing day in and day out I would have lost
it ages ago.

Having some work that calls for high social interaction and some
work that calls for quiet attention and everything in between
helps to create a nice ebb and flow of listening and talking and
doing that suits me really well.

I’ll admit that I’m a sensory input junkie. Just like the high school student who listens to music
while they study, I love to have the television running while I work on design or coding issues. I
watch a ridiculous amount of television via Hulu.com, not to mention the podcasts and other au-
dio resources I consume while I work.

Even when I am writing, I have to have something coming into my ears. I choose instrumental mu-
sic of course since listening to words would be distracting. (I wrote most of my book while listening
to the Superman soundtrack in 2008.)

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       Shannon Cherry of The Power Publicist says:

Can work be fun? Of course it can, if you understand a few thing about
how the mind works.

You see, we humans only can work in 45 minute time periods, then
need a rest. (See there was a reason why high school classes were only
about 45 minutes… our brains can only take on so much!) After longer
periods of time, we can get bored, distracted more easily or simply
slow down.

So what do I do? Work in 45 minute chunks then reward myself with a quick walk, a check on my
hubby (who also works from home), grab a snack, chat with a pal online, or even watch TV for a
few minutes. I’m then refreshed and ready to work again.

I also try to get the tasks I hate out of the way first, so I can work on more ‘fun’ things that I enjoy:
like writing and mentoring others.

Oh yeah, Pandora for me is a MUST. There’s nothing more enjoyable than listening to the tunes I
like while getting work done. (Wanna see what I’m listening to? Check it out at

       Connie Ragen Green of
       ConnieGreen.com says:

There is a quote from Confucius that says “If you enjoy
what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.”

That’s exactly how I’ve felt since coming online in 2006,
but I must say that sometimes it can become tedious
when I’m sitting in front of my computer for several

To break up the monotony I keep Twitter up on my second computer. After I finish writing a blog
post or an article, or some other task that must be completed, I spend a few minutes to catch up
with my virtual friends. We share photographs, favorite quotes, and answer each other’s questions

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on what we are doing in our business. I’m not the most sociable person, so this type of interaction
is perfect for me. When I need to get back to work, I simply swivel my chair 90 degrees to the right
to get back to what I was working on previously.

I also have little dogs that play in my office while I am working. About every ninety minutes or so
they begin to cry or bark, so I spend some time playing with them to give them the attention they
want and need. Then we all go outside to play for awhile. This is lots of fun, and I can’t imagine
ever leaving the house to work somewhere else again.

       Melissa Ingold of Internet Marketing Sweetie says:

For the most part, I love my business and enjoy all the work that I do, so it’s not
really not fun. But working at home can certainly isolate you from the outside world,
so it’s nice to shake things up by taking your work away from home.

Fortunately, our amazing technology has made it so easy for us to work on the go. Grab your
phone, laptop, or iPad and:

1) Hit a local coffee shop and work
2) Take your kids to play at the park or beach and work while they play.
3) Go for a walk or to the gym

But if you can’t go out, there are other ways to fight work boredom. For instance, take frequent
breaks from working and chat on twitter, visit forums, or grab a friend on IM. Or even better, get
away from your computer altogether and play with your kids, watch a movie, read a book or exer-

Sounds simple enough, I know. But far too often we don’t take enough time away from work, and
then our motivation, inspiration, and the enjoyment our business brings us, starts to wan. When
that happens, it becomes a struggle to even get to the computer and work.

So it’s extremely important for you to break out of work mode as often as you can, in order to
keep to the spark of fun in it all 

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       Nicole Dean of NicoleontheNet.com says:

As a parent, you may remember the song “Clean up, Clean up, every-
body do your share. Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere.” It
makes cleanup more fun.

Humming the ABC’s twice when you’re brushing your teeth helps the
time fly and lets you know when your time is up.

What about work? What can you do in your business to make work FUN?

These are just a few of the things I’ve done to keep laughing.

1. Embrace your inner goober and have a sense of humor.

Don’t make “work” a four letter word. When I first started out online I tried so hard to be profes-
sional to be taken seriously by my peers – and I hated it. Oh Lordie Lordie was it ever hard. I grew
to dread walking into my office.

As you can see – I’ve since then embraced my sense of humor. I now strive to make everything I do
warm and light hearted, while still providing value and helping others. Weird Niche Wednesdays is
obviously one of those attempts. My Online Success Podcast is full of laughter. Heck, even if it
makes you groan instead of laugh – if you keep coming back, then it does its trick because I want
my “peeps” to be those with a sense of humor.

Sometimes I reach my goals – like with the undies in “Expert Briefs” and sometimes I miss it. But,
it’s there and it’s made blogging SO much more fun!

2. Make your office environment a place that you enjoy.

For awhile my desk was in a really dark room in the house and I found avoiding my desk. Now, I
have a great room with a big window. I have hilarious “Demotivators” on my wall, an 8 foot by 6
foot whiteboard behind me, and I have a variety of other bizarre things in here that make me smile
– including lots of bright artwork created by my children. I also have a plant in my office. I’m con-
sidering a fish tank, but haven’t quite decided whether it’s worth the extra work or not.

3. I’ve ONLY chosen to work with people who make me laugh – or at least smile, a lot.

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I’d previously taken clients who were not fun, and I grew to hate doing the work. That’s when I
realized that I was creating a job, rather than the lifestyle that I dreamed of. Adios to them. This
includes my private coaching program, which is why it’s “by invitation only”.

4. My staff members are encouraged to communicate their favorite activities (and their least fa-

I do not want to give a creative person the job of researching for me any more than I want to
stress out a very analytical person by giving him/her a highly creative job. I want them to be doing
tasks that they find FUN!

5. Along the same lines – I personally avoid certain tasks like the plague.

If it’s tedious, I outsource it.

If it’s tedious and I can’t outsource it (like laundry) – then I play loud music while I do it.

6. My mentors are funny.

I have made the mistake of buying products from people who I either didn’t respect, or who were
dry and not very fun to listen to. What do you think those DVDs are doing now? I can give you a
hint. They’re getting dusted weekly — and that’s about it. Now I choose to learn from people who
I respect AND who I am entertained by. And, I strive to offer both to you – for instance with my
How to Guest Blog Guide. Hope it’s both interesting and informative.

7. I try to Do Something Silly Every Day.

If you need ideas, here’s a quick brainstorm list for you.

    •   Put a hat on your cat and take it’s picture. (They hate that.)
    •   Make a smiley face out of your mustard when you make your sandwich.
    •   Turn on some 80s music and sing – loud! You can’t be unhappy when singing “Don’t Worry,
        Be Happy”.
    •   Look at your first website in the WayBack When Machine. THAT always cracks me up!
    •   Change your screen saver to something hilarious. Mine cracks me up every time my com-
        puter starts!
    •   Read the archives for Weird Niche Wednesdays. There are some WEIRD things out there
        on the nets.

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   •   Wear a costume while you work. Heck, why not? 
   •   Work naked. THAT’s silly! lol.

Life’s got too many actually “serious” moments. Work cannot be one for me.

Throw your “How to Make Work More Fun” ideas at me. I want them!

Smile. It’s just business, guys. We’re allowed to have fun. Really!

        Yes, you may certainly share this document with a friend!

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