It may sound like a dream come true, working from home, but in many ways, it shows that productivity in work is decreasing rapidly when you aren't in an office environment. If you are a freelancer, it can be stressful as you don't necessarily fit into the confines of the nine to five working structure. But there are ways to make working from home work for you by balancing the enjoyment of working from the comfort of your sofa to creating work that is of good quality.
Make A Home Office
The first step in making your home environment a productive one is to set up somewhere that is yours and yours alone. Having somewhere that is for the sole purpose of work will help you better to get into a productive mindset, and it doesn't blur the boundaries between your work life and your home life as much. Set up a room as far away from the hubbub of the rest of the house or you can even if it is in the garden! Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl and their own sheds for writing, so why can't you?
Maintaining The Professional Image
It can be harder because of those blurred boundaries to work in a professional manner as it can be tempting for you to dip in and out of your working day, but this will only set you up for a much longer, and more arduous, working pattern. The importance of being professional when you work is another way to help define boundaries between your work life and your home life. And especially if you have regular Skype conferences with potential clients and other bloggers, then it gives you the perfect excuse to dress for the occasion and to put your working hat on.
This is where a lot of people struggle because when trying to set up a business from home, it doesn't have the same professional image as a thriving office. But there are little tricks you can do such as using P.O boxes for rental. Having an address different to yours means that correspondence goes to that professional looking address rather than your residential one. Or you could hire a virtual assistant to take your calls which you can use on your same mobile number.
Schedule Your Working Day
Even though you are working from home (and your commute has been greatly reduced in comparison to your last job), it's still important that you structure your day accordingly like you would in a normal job. Freelancers can tend to get involved with the work so much that any semblance of structure goes out the window and they've been working for 14 hours, this isn't healthy!
So it's much better to schedule your working day between a set amount of hours. While setting up a business is very much a passion project, you do have a life to lead outside of your home office. So make time to socialize and get away from your home environment, as staying in there for more than 12 hours a day can be isolating and it's very likely that cabin fever will set in.
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What tips would you add to make working from home work for you?