My CLEAN Office: What Does It Have to Do With Trust?

I am so proud of myself.

I not only deep cleaned my office but I also made a video of it! Yep, you get a glimpse of my life, right here, right now, all 7 minutes and 36 seconds of it!  Are you as excited about it as I am?

I joke about my office being clean but I know how important not only a work space is to my WAHM efforts but having a CLEAN work space is very important also.  I don’t know about you but I hate clutter; I just can’t think when there is stuff laying around.  I am by no means a “neat freak” but I need to know everything has a place.

Your Work Space

My blogging space shares office property with my personal space so I must have spots for each.  Each of these aspects in my life are important and deserve their own section.  I have a space for my business, personal bills, the kids’ school work, laundry, my hobbies and even my pens and paper.  This way I know when I come and sit down I can simply reach over to start whatever is on my agenda for the hour or day.  Have you set aside spots for what is important to you?  Even a simple spot where you go to unwind with the newspaper and a coffee?  YOUR spot to get work done?

Office and Trust? Huh?

You’re probably wondering what my clean office and trust have to do with each other?  Well, just recently I realized how important trust is to online relationships.  Your relationships with the people you interact with online is vital to the longevity and success of your blog.  They are the ones that support you and vice versa.  The backbone of any great relationship is trust.  You gain trust by letting people in, right? Well, I am letting you into my home, my office, my space.  You get a quick peek at my life through my office/mom space.

I love it when my favorite business bloggers show a glimpse of their world.  I know many bloggers who will boast about the fact that they love their children and will post photos every so often.  That they are excited about the girls trip they are taking to Mexico.  That the car broke down and now she is now behind on posting because she spent the day at the car shop.  They just got married.  Engaged.  Had a baby. Bought a new car.  Or simply had a great day in the city with a date.  Simple peeks into their lives show me they are real people living real lives.  This is what creates trust.  Why? This is stuff that is hard to fake.

You do not need to do this.  Many bloggers keep their business completely separate from personal life.  There are other ways to gain trust in your readers.  Like great content.  Continuity in posting, commenting or projects.  Following up with what they promised.  I’m sure you can think of many ways to trust a business blog.

I, on the other hand, am a WAHM which stands for “Work at Home Mom”.  “Mom” being the key word.  I will share some of my life with you here and there.  I also plan to stick with great content, continuity and the such.

Ok, enough talk about having your own work space and being sure to gain trust in your readers.  Without further delay:

My CLEAN Office

If you cannot view the video click here to see it.

Books in the video:

Problogger: Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income by Darren Rowse

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss