5 Tips To Boost Your Happiness Working As A Freelancer.
Updated: Sep 22, 2019
Working from home is a great desire for most people and whilst it comes with a lot of benefits, it can also get a little lonely.
How do you take time for YOU and find the right balance to keep your social levels up?
Some people may feel that their more productive when on their own in a quiet space, whilst others may feel that they need daily interaction in a work office and social environment. Whatever your preference is, there are ways to ensure you're getting a happy balance.
Having worked in a busy office with approx. 100 employees in our department, I found it a huge adjustment to working alone at home, so I now rent out a local desk once a week just for a change of scenery. It's also a great way to network with others.
I want you to have a think about what works well for you, what doesn't and what your hobbies are (you might be thinking "what does my hobbies have to do with this?" - we will come back to this. Let’s set an action plan for ourselves to think up ways to prevent feeling lonely when working from home.
Here's some tips to help you along the way...
1) Find a local hot desk – you can get them as cheap as £55 per week (depending where you are in the world) – this will give you a change of scenery and enable you to socialise with other business owners. Check out this link for ways to find a rented desk space/office: www.deskcamping.com. I use www.space282.co.uk/leigh-on-sea which is fab and has everything I need onsite.
2) Try to avoid client conference calls – Try to organise as many face-to-face meetings where possible and if not, organise video calls. Not is it great for the social side of things, but it's also a great way pick up on someone's body language, the way they communicate and style of the person that you'll potentially going to be working with. There's plenty of free video tools out their such as Zoom and Skype.
3) Schedule regular coffee meet-ups; whether this is with a friend, a mentor or with a client. I took time out last week to meet a friend for a coffee and it made such a difference to my mood and productivity (probably to my wellbeing too). Have you heard of Meet-Ups? its a great app for those wanting to join local social groups. Give it a go – try: www.meetup.com/apps
4) Find a local networking event – networking isn’t just for sales and referrals – it’s about building connections and trust. Perhaps others feel in the same boat and want to meet for a regular coffee. Take a look at: www.popconnect.net and Winning Women Essex for local networking events
5) Pursue a hobby – what do you like to do? Do you have a passion? Working from home gives you the opportunity to do these things and manage your time – we hear this often so why are we not doing this?! Find what you love to do – it will boost your happiness and make such a difference to your life and wellbeing. TRUST ME!!
I hope you find some of these tips helpful and most importantly I hope you start to implement them.
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