Running a Business from Home: A Day in the Life

First of all, I guess I should explain to you all what I do for a living! I feel like I've never fully explained this. 

I run an influencer + model management company. It's basically a talent agency in a sense, except we fully manage our talent, which means we oversee their careers. My days consist of a LOT of brand calls, chats with our team, social media, negotiating talent fees, and sifting through contracts. Sometimes I get a good laugh in when I think about how some of my days go. I've taken calls while making lunch, while Parker is screaming in the background and I'm not going to lie, one time I MIGHT haven taken a conference call while I was in the bathtub. At the beginning, I was ALL over the place. I honestly had never felt so chaotic. But these days, although the chaos is still there at times, I've definitely found more of a groove.

Never in a million years did I think we'd grow this large of a company, this quickly, right from my home. I'm pretty fortunate because my job really only tethers me to my email, so I can essentially work from wherever. I thought we'd be in an office after 3 months, but when I realized how much myself and my employees enjoyed working from home, I thought, we don't actually NEED an office. And I think that has been a big factor in our growth financially. Low overhead!

Ok, now onto my typical day:

7am: It's usually like clockwork. I wake up about 7am (no alarm anymore thank God) and within minutes, Parker comes running into our room, jumps in bed with us, and then we all cuddle and play for about 20 minutes. So cheesy, and so wonderful.

7:30am: Breakfast! At this point I usually grab my laptop and head to the couch to work while I eat. I know some would say this isn't healthy, but I'm so productive at this time of the day so it works for me. I've also usually had a ton of East Coast client emails pour in, so I enjoy cranking out work this way. Breakfast is my usual: either a healthy smoothie or a slice of sourdough toast with a fried egg and sprouts. And of course, COFFEE. I either do bulletproof coffee or organic half n half with coconut sugar. I cannot break into coconut or almond milk creamers. It's just not the same!

9am: Parker and Tyson usually head to the gym at this time, so depending on the day, I either keep working or I try to head out to a Barre3 class or for a run. Most days it's tough for me to even leave for a class, so I will end up doing B3 online head outside quickly. This day was a quick run since I have a bunch of conference calls this afternoon.

11am: I think the biggest misconception I had about working from home was that I'd have time to make these beautiful, healthy meals. I really feel like I've done that only a handful of times. So lately, I've been taking advantage of the Caviar app which is a food delivery service from all of your favorite local restaurants. I actually found out about them after a few failed deliveries with another company and I was sold.

12pm: This particular day, I hopped on the app and ordered a Greens bowl (added salmon) + a Turmeric smoothie for later in the day from Root Cafe. Having a really yummy meal like this delivered to the house is literally the highlight of my week. I of course don't do this everyday, but I like to do this at least 1x per week.



12:30pm: I power through more emails and then I like to give myself a little afternoon break. I will either run some errands, meditate, clean the house and listen to a podcast, or take Parker to the park. It is SO easy to keep pushing through and forget to break. I feel like I just have a laundry list of to-do items that never stops growing. BUT, it's so important. Taking that mental break and just leaving my phone in a different room for a little bit, is so helpful.

2:30pm: I grab my smoothie that I had delivered and head outside to take my next call. Today, I'm just having a check-in call with one of the girls I manage. We do soooo much online that I find it to be so helpful and productive to hop on a call.

3:30pm: I run through some social media planning with the team and then go online to do my one social media post on my personal account. I will say, it's been tough for me to keep up my blog and Instagram with so little time! But I really love doing it, so I try and make the time for it. It's my own little creative outlet that means a lot to me.

4pm: I finish up the day because I'm planning on signing off at 4:30pm today so I can get ready to head to a friends birthday party. When I wrap up my days, I usually like to make a to-do list or priority list of action items for the next day. This helps me stay focused and on track!

6pm: I hop in the car, put some mellow music on to unwind for the day. It's time to enjoy the rest of the evening with friends! (Thank you to my awesome husband for taking care of Parker all day today).

Running a business from your home comes with it's challenges, but I wouldn't have it any other way. What really has helped me stay focused and productive is taking FULL advantage of the things that make my life easier and are convenient. Things like Barre3 online, Google calendars, Slack, Amazon Prime, and my new favorite, Caviar. 

I've partnered with Caviar on this post because it actually is a service I use and love. All opinions are my own.

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Until next time, have a great week : )

xx
Lindsay

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