A few years ago I took a leap of faith and started my own business as a Brand Storyteller. With a young family, I wanted the flexibility and autonomy of working from home. Plus a commute time of less than 10 seconds was pretty appealing! I’ve learnt a lot along the way about how to stay productive (and sane) while working from home – so I thought I’d share with you my top tips.
7 Tips for Working from Home
Define your workspace. The major headache with working from home is that it’s easy to blur the boundaries between work and personal life. Whether it’s a small desk or dedicated office, pick a dedicated work spot where nothing but work happens.
I’ve got a tiny little study that I use. While it always feels like there isn’t enough room, it is light, cosy and has a door – which I think is key to separating work from home and minimising distractions.
Create boundaries. Set ground rules for anyone who may be around when you’re working. This includes family….and your furry animal babies!
Get the right tools of the trade. Setting up a home office can be expensive, so make sure you invest in technology that works smart and multitasks.
Dress for success. Just because you can spend all day working from home in your PJs, doesn’t mean you should! Getting dressed for work changes your mindset for the better. For me, that means wearing an outfit that I could meet a client in, putting a little bit of make up on and popping on shoes.
Create a schedule. It’s easy to get sucked into working any time, any day when you work from home. But setting and sticking to defined times for work and play means you’ll be well on the way to having balance between the two. Having said that, this is definitely easier said than done, as this is the one part of working from home that I struggle with the most!
Get out of the house. Aim to get out of the house as least once a day. Meet with current and potential clients, head to the friendly white noise of a café and work from there or even just take a break and walk around the block so that you don’t end up feeling isolated by working from home.