Working from home has opened up a whole world of possibilities for me; I have seen my income rise, I now employ my husband and I enjoy running my business. However, I have learned a whole lot during the last 6 months of being self employed. Furniture at Work
have asked me to contribute to their Wordplace eBook, which you can download here
, so here are a few things I have learned from working from home.
Workspace is important
I don't live in a clutter free, minimalist house, but I can switch off about that as long as my desk is tidy. I now make it a regular habit to clear my desk and only keep on it what I absolutely need. Once a week I'll also go through any paperwork that has built up in my “to do” box – yes, I have an entire box worth. My desk area is both pretty and functional. Taking time to find what works for my needs has been worth it – although I did procrastinate on Pinterest a little too much. My workspace definitely isn't Pinterest worthy, but it is functional and fun.
It can get lonely
I might work alongside my husband and I am an introvert, but working from home can still be lonely. To combat this I have a great network of people to chat to, both online and “in real life”. These are like minded people who challenge me but who also know the importance of having a break from work. It is great to connect with people online – if my social metre is empty then I can pop on to social media and chat with people. I try to do activities that have me interacting with people outside of the house, even if it is just going to the gym!
It is hard to take a break
Working from home means that I feel as though I am always at work. I love what I do but when it comes to relaxing or switching off, I struggle. At least when you go to a traditional job you know your working hours and you can usually switch off after work. To combat this I try to schedule days off in the week where we get out of the house and go somewhere where I can't access my emails – the cinema is great for us because it takes us an hour to drive there, watching the film and an hour driving back where I can completely switch off. I still need to master relaxing at home!
Motivating yourself is hard
This one should have been a no brainer, but I have learned that motivating yourself can be extremely difficult. When I was working full time I only had two or three hours per night for my blog and I feel as though I accomplished a lot more in those 2-3 hours than I do in a whole day now! Sitting at my desk at 9am knowing I have the whole day ahead of me means that I find myself looking at Facebook too much, or spending way too much time on Pinterset instead of cracking on. To combat this I am actually reducing my working hours to just 4 a day in a trial to see if this helps to make me more productive! So far, so good!
Despite some of these downsides, I would not change anything about working from home! Being your own boss comes with so many fantastic benefits!
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