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.
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