Once you’ve decided to become a freelancer, you’ve then got think about where you’re going to work.
Do you hire an office, or do you work from home?
This article will help you decide if you’re the right sort of person to do your freelance work from home. If all the qualities of a stay-at-home freelancer apply to you, then you’ll probably be happy to work from home.
You’re doing something you love
There are many kinds of days you’ll face as a stay-at-home freelancer.
There are the ones where you’re really enjoying every minute, there are the mind-numbingly tedious days, and then there are the days you absolutely hate and make you question why you ever thought freelancing from home was a good idea.
To get through all the kinds of days that’ll be thrown at you, good and bad, you need to really love the work you do. After all, if you wanted to do a job you hate doing, why not just work as a full-time employee in an office?
You know when you’ve been home alone for too long
Work-at-home freelancers can spend a lot of time on their own. A lot of time.
You need to be able to spot the signs that all this alone time is making you crazy so you can plan meetings with friends and clients in person.
Are you, for example, talking to you cat way too much? We’re talking full-blown conversations here. If so, you need to maybe think about planning your next client meeting in person, rather than by phone or Skype.
You know when to relax
If, when working for a company, you’re always the person who’s working right up until finishing time, or in extreme circumstances you only leave once the cleaners have turned up, freelancing from home isn’t for you.
Working in an office gives a clear distinction between home and work life. If you’re the sort of person described above, and you start freelancing from home, you won’t know when to stop.
You’ll be too scared to tell clients who phone you late in the evening that it’s not okay.
You won’t know how to relax, and you won’t be spending enough time with your friends and family.
You have room for a separate work area
If you live in a quiet home, this isn’t so important. You can work anywhere you can find the space, a kitchen table, a sofa, even a garden or balcony.
But if you live in a noisy house you can’t be scared to lay down the law. Freelancing is serious business, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
You need to let anybody in the house during your work times – whether they be housemates, kids, or even a pet cat – know that while you are working, you mustn’t be disturbed. This is a lot easier to do if you have a dedicated workspace.
You’re good at making a freelancing schedule and sticking to it
Finding the right work/life balance is tricky whatever job you do. Luckily, freelancing means you get more freedom to make it work.
The best way to do this is to be as efficient as possible, and that means working out when and where you are going to complete each bit of work.
You’ll finish the work quicker, and you’ll know in advance when it’s okay to see friends (you’ll probably still get that one inconsiderate friend who doesn’t realise how serious freelancing is inviting themselves around when you’re busy working, but there’s only so much this article can help you with).
You’re not scared to ask for help
Don’t think of being a freelancer as someone who is isolated. Sure, you do the work all by yourself, but you also need to remember that you’re a business.
No successful business person every got where they are in complete isolation. They weren’t born with business skills and knowledge. They might have a natural talent for business, but natural talent only gets you so far.
All successful business people, without exception, had some sort of mentor giving them advice, whether that be their parents, their friends, or another successful businessperson they know.
It’s perfectly acceptable to ask other stay-at-home freelancers what they did and didn’t do to become a success.