How to survive working from home
There are many advantages to working from home; freedom, flexible hours and a job to compliment your lifestyle. However, the two biggest barriers most people face are making enough money and learning to work almost entirely on their own.
If you are able to make working from home financially viable, it is likely that you will spend many hours sitting alone in your home made office. Because of this many people that work from home challenging with the problems of feeling alone and struggling with motivation. Here are some tips to survive going solo.
In this day and age of technology, the easiest way to keep you from feeling alone is by using social media. Social media allows a person to interact with other people without having to physically leave the comfort of their own home. Of course if used incorrectly, social media can be a huge hindrance to working at home because it can be distracting to keep updating Facebook or Twitter or checking what your long forgotten school friends are up to. But if used sparingly, social media is a great way to get the interaction people need to not feel alone. If you have your own business, having a Facebook page, or a twitter, or even a blog or a Linked In account can be a great way to push your business forward.
If your business has a website, one of the key ways Google decides how highly you rank is how popular and active your businesses social media page is. So don’t feel too guilty about those hours wasted on Facebook.
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Get the balance right
Another important thing to remember when trying to survive the isolation of working from home is that work is not everything. After you have finished your work, your personal life is still there. There are still family and friends to see and things to do, even if you spend your days all alone there are people you can socialize with after you finish your work. Many studies suggest that solo workers actually put in longer hours than office based employees. There is often a sense that you should always be working and a worry that something will be missed. Try to set clear working hours, work as hard as you can during that time and then enjoy your free time.
Find a group
If you are self-employed and work from home, there are many different groups that you can look into. There are over one million fellow Australians who also work from home, chances are there is a groups in your area of people who are in a similar situation as you. Finding these people can help you to cope with your isolation. In addition, if you have your own business, finding a group of people in your area with a similar business is also a great way to network and to further your career while having fun.
Go to your second place
Starbucks have famously built their business model as being peoples third place (after work and home). Remember that your office isn’t the only place in the world when you are working. If you are working from home you can always get up and walk around. Getting out of the office environment can make a huge difference on your emotional health. If the weather is nice and you have a laptop or paper work, you can always go outside and do work. While working at home may make you feel lonely and isolated sometimes, it also gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. Get a decent wireless modem and get outside.