When you walk into your home office, what do you feel?
Do you feel energized to work, or do you feel the need to pack up your laptop and head to the closest cafe because it’s not an inspiring space? Or worse, it’s such a mess that you have to battle your way to the screen!
While research shows that heading out of the house to work in a cafe can boost your productivity, as Mums we can’t always manage it. Between school runs, household chores, client meetings and admin work, it’s often more practical for us to work at home, meaning that it’s super-important that our home office makes us feel energized and raring to get into our work.
When did you last pay attention to the space you are working in?
If you know that your home-office set up is less than ideal, then today’s interview with Feng Shui consultant Moni Castaneda is going to inspire you to take the time to whip it into shape. With a degree in architecture as well as her Feng Shui qualifications, Moni is an expert at creating beautiful, functional spaces that make you feel good.
Moni is the perfect person to learn from because she’s been working from her home office for the majority of the last 15 years, skyping with clients online and teaching them how to design their home spaces for work, as well as for a positive and healthy family life generally.
Moni is also her own success story, taking what is traditionally an offline, consultancy service and translating her work into a successful business delivered online, so Moni also shares lots of tips about how she consistently generates leads for her online business, and how she’s making a great living working part-time hours.
How should you position your desk?
Should you get a standing desk?
What kind of office storage drawers should you get?
Moni answers these and more in this lively interview, which also includes a screen-share tour of Moni’s own home and workspace.
All in all an interview you should not miss!
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Here’s what Moni and J9 cover in the podcast interview:
- Transitioning an offline business to a fully online practice
- How Moni used feng shui to make herself happy
- A tour of Moni’s home (watch the video starting from around 16:35)
- The correlation between space and mess
- Why you shouldn’t use plastic around the house
- Setting boundaries with your kids and why it’s important to keep your work area sacred
- The argument for a smaller house
- The best position for your desk, and what Moni thinks about standing desks.
- Moni’s two secrets for consistently generating leads online
- The importance of really defining your target market
Resources we talked about:
Top tip for a 20 hour a week (or less!) business:
Moni’s key to making great money in part-time hours is leveraging what you do. The way to make money is not to work harder or longer, but to leverage your time. Find out something that you can do very well – preferably highly niched – and charge a lot of money per hour for your time. Then add in one-to-many products or services for your lower price-point products. Make your services really valuable. Don’t charge for what you do, charge for what you know.
Join the Conversation:
Moni mentioned that a laptop computer is a bad idea for a working mums because you’re never disconnected. Since you can bring your work with you anywhere, you always seem to be working. What are your thoughts on this? Are you willing to give up your mobility so you can unplug?
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