Work From Home Tips For Freelancers

Working from home is great and for some people it's become the only way to work. Freelancer Network have some tips to keep your day as productive as it can be, when working from home.

Set Up A Dedicated Work Area

Create a space in your home which you can dedicate to working, this will help you with your work/home life balance. Freelancing is an excellent way to work from home, and for some people, it’s the only way they work. Make sure you have everything you need for your role in this space and try to stay away from any potential distractions. From stationary to a house plant for some greenery, try to create a space that you can separate from your regular home life so you can create distance from your role once you’re finished for the day.

Try follow these NHS guidelines as close as possible to help set up your workspace:

Morning Routine

A structured morning routine is crucial for freelancers. To get into the working frame of mind, create your own morning routine. Wake up early, as you would if you were working in an office. Eat a nutritional breakfast to give you brain power in the morning. Get dressed to separate your relaxing and working mind to help you prepare for the day ahead. Find a morning routine that helps you get prepared for the day ahead, this can include exercise ahead of your work day or reciting a positive mantra. 

Get Dressed

When you’re working from home it can be easy to slip into the habit of wearing pajamas to work everyday. To make sure you’re ready for the day, get dressed into something you would normally wear to the office or comfortable clothing that isn’t your pajamas or 10 day old joggers! Separating your clothing when working is great to help you prepare your mind for working and equally as important for relaxing too.

Commute Remotely 

It’s great practice to start your commute like you would in the office. Put your shoes on and walk outside for 10 minutes as you would if you were commuting to a place of work. The change in environment and fresh air can help you start your day and start work feeling refreshed and productive.

Take Breaks 

Despite our best efforts, we often forget to take breaks at home as we’re already in a comfortable environment. Remember to take regular breaks during your freelancing work. Don’t fall into the mindset that because you’re working from home you should be available all the time, set yourself ‘office hours’ and make sure you give yourself breaks regularly and make full use of your lunch break. Don’t forget to take breaks from your screen too with the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away.

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