It’s official…I’m working for myself full time now!!Â Long story short, due to some happenings at work that reminded me yet again why I wanted to leave Corporate America, my last day moved up a week.Â So as of this Monday, I’ve been working from home.Â And I have to admit – it’s pretty darn awesome!! Although I have to say, it’s definitely going to take some time to get into a routine.Â Not to mention staying focused and not distracted by all the things I could be doing at home!Â A friend of mine had the best question for me on my first day of working from home…”are you still in your pajamas?”Â Since I’m new to this and convinced that by staying in my pj’s I’ll start a descent into complete and utter laziness (think laying on the couch watching bad TV all day), I have managed to get dressed every day. The nicest thing so far about working from home?Â Playing music and as loud as I want.Â Now that’s fun (and gets the creative juices flowing!) My new co-workers (aka “the dogs”) have been little to no help keeping me focused on all the work I need to do.Â When I ask them for their opinion, they just stare at me with these eyes that seem to say “If you’re going to be home, why aren’t you playing with us and giving us attention?”
Another thing that’s official?Â I’m in complete and utter “OMG, how am I going to get all this done?” mode.Â Ok, so maybe I’ve never left this mode but I swear, I’m at the point now where EVERYTHING is priority and time is ticking down to the store opening.Â Granted, the store opening date is my own date – I can push it back. But I feel like it’s important to be up and running weeks before the holidays and I’ve also been talking up the store opening being around October 18th – so I don’t want to let folks down.Â My web designers have this great calendar that shows all the milestones related to my website.Â When we first started, they had my “go live” date as October 7th based on all the to-do items being completed on time.Â Perfect, right?Â Gave me plenty of cushion.Â Well, this date has already changed…twice.Â Gulp.Â It’s now moved to October 21st so pressure’s definitely on to keep on task. Especially since starting next week, I won’t have the luxury of a paycheck – if I start thinking about that too much, I’d start panicking even more than I am!Â The good news is that I finally decided on the web design after 5 rounds…I can’t wait to show you guys but that’ll have to wait for the grand opening!
So basically it’s crunch time.Â Lots to do in a short period of time.Â And I have to keep reminding myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect.Â Not easy for a perfectionist…I keep thinking that the first impression of my store is going to make or break it.Â Which is making me want to procrastinate on just about everything!Â Not something I have the time to do!!Â The biggie – writing the content for the site – feels like Mount Everest right now.Â It’s due to the web designer by the end of September…any chance we can extend this month??
At the same time, the fun part is happening – products are starting to roll in!!Â Each box that comes in gets me more and more excited for the opening.Â I just got in these beautiful decals by Shanna Murray (shown above). Â They’re so pretty in person – I want to hang them everywhere! If only running a store could just be about buying products.Â This is the part that makes me want the store to open right now and feels like 3-4 weeks away is just too long!!Â My to-do list for the next week or so is packed with deciding on shipping options, packaging, ordering products, learning how to use my shopping cart system…and yes, writing content.Â Think I can get away with having a store website that just has pictures, no words?Â Just think, it could be the very first one of it’s kind (grin).Â As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and/or advice – any tips for working from home?Â As a consumer or a biz person – anything you like (or don’t like!) about receiving packages? I have some ideas for how to make it more personal such as a little note in each package and/or getting a stamp with my logo to stamp on the box.Â Would love to know your thoughts!