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10 tips on how to survive as a homeworker

James Gray

Owner/Editor at Busara Ltd
I am a published writer, journalist and photo-journalist. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales and my journalism has been published in a number of UK national newspapers including 'the Observer'. My photo-journalism has been represented by Agence France-Presse.
James Gray

our quick 10 tips on how you can survive as a homeworker

1. Skype meetings, emails, and Slack messages are not enough to combat loneliness. Ensure that there is enough “facetime” during your work to keep you connected to others.

2. Just because you work independently doesn’t mean you should be working all the time. Keep a calendar, and make sure there are real-time live social events in that calendar every week.

3. When you are with friends, put your phone down. Keep work and socialising as separate as you can.

4. Find a social network of people who share the same work interests as you do – join a meetup or Facebook group – but online connection isn’t enough. Go to events.

5. Try to avoid too much uninterrupted screen time. Work in an environment with others – ideally one where you can share ideas – but also frustrations and successes.

6. Remote workers don’t get a “water cooler” so you have to make one. Set up regular support, chat, and gossip sessions with people in your sector.

7. Keep at the top of your game. Go to courses and keep yourself educated about the latest developments in your sector. This can keep you happier, well networked, and at your learning edge.

8. Social isolation breeds further withdrawal. If you’re feeling down and notice you haven’t gone out in a while – make yourself get out there. Don’t sink into a vicious cycle of loneliness, isolation, and depression. You have to actively fight it.

9. If you’re working from home, change things up. Find a café, library, or co-working space where you increase the chances of running into someone with similar interest.

10. Freelancers aren’t always “free” – without a fixed calendar they can allow work to takeover life. Take charge of your calendar and make social engagements as important as work obligations.


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