If you don't know already I have two kids under two...yes, two children 14.5 months apart! And these are the items you cannot live without when working from home.

A Sense of Humor
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Seriously this is first on the list because you CANNOT go through a day working and trying to be professional while also managing to wrangle an 18-month-old and a 5-month-old. So if you can't laugh at yourself or your toddler for doing or saying something CrAzY!

You are on the fast track to Crazytown!

🚂🤪


🛑 STOP 🛑


Take a deep breath and f#cking laugh it off 😂


A Support System

This can include anyone you are comfortable "rollin' up & pushing the kids out of the car" and quickly speeding off 🏎...maybe not even coming to a full stop.


When you need to get an important task done it is best to get rid of those kiddos-- allowing you to focus on one important item at a time.


Communication with Clients

Be sure you are clear with your coworkers, clients, and subcontractors. Letting these important cogs in your working machine know that some of your standard operating procedures may change.

For instance, if prior to creating offspring you were always answering the phone at the first ring📱

But now you sometimes have to call back at a later time 🕣


These details help keep the trust between you and your clients but also show how you have grace for busy schedules.


Let's be honest who isn't elbows-deep in some form of sh!t.



Headphones

Just buy good noise-canceling headphones.


That's it! And if you don't know why you don't have kids at home...


A Schedule

Okay, this is the biggy ➡️ A schedule that fits with your family!


Making sure you are balancing both work and family is important. Trying to "do it all" is killing our work-from-home parents. You cannot work 40+ hours a week & raise kid(s), at least not without help and a schedule.


For our family, we use google calendar--syncing both my and charlie's calendars. All fire shifts go in on the rotating days, kids appointments, pet appointments, group events, client meetings, college classes, bills, date night, EVERYTHING!


I block out about 2 weeks at a time, meaning I am only looking two weeks ahead for hours need for tasks like...

  • Current Projects

  • Regular client maintenance

  • Database check-ins

  • Follow up with Leads

  • Internal Admin BS

Gone is procrastinating! No more "cram it into nap time"! Plan ahead, even one day at a time.



BONUS POINTS

Remember to relax, take a deep breath, call the sitter, get a pedicure and respond to some emails!




I often get asked this question from clients--

The answer is....a piece of cake!


If regularly maintained you should have little to no issues updating plugins, third-party extensions, checking for bad links, browser testing, updating keywords & phrases, properly labeling images, checking load rates, just to name a few backend tasks related to website maintenance.


Here are some examples of website maintenance and what it might look like for you to maintain your own website.


UPDATING PLUGINS & WORDPRESS


For example, let’s look at a WordPress website. Once logged into the main website dashboard we see our favorite “red dot notifications”!!!

Those notifications mean a plugin or WordPress itself needs to be updated.


STOP Before you go and update any of these, do you have a backup of your website?

If you answered YES...Please proceed in updating your plugins.


BUT if you answered No? There are some things you need to do or at least consider first...

  1. What if the updates are not compatible with your theme version?

  2. What if you update a plugin and it now requires the shortcode to be updated?

  3. What if a plugin is not compatible with a new version of WordPress?


Plugins and third-party extensions that are not being maintained or keeping up with WordPress updates can cause security issues, making sure you are using a dependable plugin can save you headaches down the road. Checking to make sure plugins will still be compatible with new releases of WordPress. Reading the update notes for plugins, and how they might affect your website.


BAD LINKS


It is always a good idea to check that links are working properly, the link takes users to the correct location and not a 404 page or the wrong page/website in general.

A good place to start looking..

  • blog posts

  • referral links

  • third-party products

  • any outgoing link on your website


BROWSER TESTING


Pull up your website in Safari, Firefox, and even the dreaded Internet Explorer...

WHY? Because someone somewhere is using a different browser than you and your website might have a different look or missing certain functionality because of the way the browser renders the website code.


For Example, you might have a light gray background and white font on a contact form, when viewed in chrome. But when rendered in a safari browser the background and font color appear to look the same. Knowing these issues allows you to fix and enhance your website no matter what browser the user is using.


KEYWORDS & PHRASES


Your business may not change but the way you get clients or the specific clients you want (your ideal client) may change. Your website needs to be an amoeba adapting and changing with business and client growth.


For example, you cannot just rely on “Window treatments in Denver, Colorado” you must expand your keywords and phrases to what customers are truly looking for.

“DIY blinds”

“Can I install blinds myself”

“What is the cost of professional blinds”


The list does not stop! The list is also ever-changing based on season, sales, goals, etc.


NO MAINTENANCE

So you decide to DIY your maintenance-- you are auto-enabling plugins, you are making sure to name image files before uploading. But then you get a rush of clients, and your website is forgotten about for a short 3 months. When you log in you might have 20+ updates, WordPress has released 2 versions since your last update, you have every plugin that was set to auto-updated was paused because of the WordPress update. Then you learned your website form is not sending you notifications because the plugin is no longer compatible with the WordPress update. So if you are going to DIY, just remember to set time aside to check in on the front and backend of your website updating and modifying new content.


FINAL THOUGHTS


This is why the question clients ask is hard for me to answer. If you have the time and knowledge to maintain your website then yes please do! No one knows your small business like you. BUT if you want to focus your energy elsewhere in your business these tasks cannot be left unmanaged.


I offer custom maintenance packages allowing you to focus on your time elsewhere while knowing your online presence matches your business goals!



Let's chat more about what your website maintenance needs.