After being told to clean our their desks one too many times, many job hunters opt for self-employment. Being self-employed—especially with a home-based business—is a huge change in your lifestyle. How sweet it is to avoid commuting so you can work from home and take cared of your children as well. And sweeter still is to avoid having to be with your sourpuss boss every day.

But your decision to join the ranks of self-employed also represents a negative change in your lifestyle. You don’t get to schmooze with fellow workers anymore. Studies show feeling isolated and lonely is one of the biggest problems you’ll face working at home.

The remedy is to see people during the day. Work into your routine a game of squash, a trip to the newsstand, or a long walk. And go to meetings of your professional or support group.

Many workers who are self-employed say it helps to get dressed in whatever you would normally wear to the office. And to set up office hours and keep them. A friend of mine left the financial industry to start a home-based business. “Every morning after shaving and showering,” he said, “I put on a business suit, take three steps from the bedroom to my office, and start work.”

My friend’s practice of wearing business attire at home has another advantage. You never can tell who you’ll bump into during the day. You want people to know you’re in business and ready for business.

Your home-based business will run a lot smoother when you’re able to separate home from office activities. So be sure to get to work on time, quit on time, and don’t linger over problems during dinnertime.

You’ll get many more tips about how to work on your own in the chapter titled “Flying Solo” in my book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.