Statistics show that more of us are becoming self employed than ever before. When you’re starting out as self employed, it’s often important to keep costs as low as possible. It’s for this reason that many people in this position decide to work form home. Sometimes this is a short term solution, and sometimes it’s a long term plan. Whatever the case for you, you may need some tips on making it work for you.
Find a dedicated working space
When you’re working from home, it’s important to have a dedicated work space. If you’re lucky enough to have the space for a home office – that’s brilliant. If not, you might need to get a bit creative with space. Finding somewhere to put a small desk, such as the corner of a bedroom or the dining room, will help you to stay a lot more productive than working on the sofa.
Create a routine
One of the things that home offices often lack compared to collaborative offices is a routine. When you work in an office, there is usually a set time that everyone arrives in the morning, set break times and a set finishing time. When you work from home alone – there isn’t! Counteract this by setting you own routines. You can still be flexible, but taking regular breaks and finishing at around the same time every day will help you stay in the right state of mind to work.
Seek help where you need it
Working from home doesn’t mean that you need to be completely on your own. Just because you don’t have the space to accommodate full time staff, it doesn’t mean you can’t work with outsourced staff or other self employed people. A great network of virtual assistants, accountants, designers, marketers, etc, can help you feel less alone, and get better work done.
This point is especially important if you are working from a small space at home. Staying as organised as possible will help to make your workspace a nice place to be, and will help you to concentrate on what you’re working on. If you do have limited space, it might be a good idea to try and maintain a paperless office. Folders and paperwork can take up a lot of space!