Remember the feeling you got after you passed your driving test or finally moved out of your family home? There was an overwhelming sense of freedom, as if you could accomplish almost anything.
That’s a bit like how it feels when you go freelance for the first time and decide to work from home. The flexibility of being your own boss and deciding your own schedule is extremely appealing. However, just like moving out of your parents’ home, reality soon kicks in and you suddenly realize what you’ve got yourself into.
First, it dawns on you that the lack of accountability (i.e., not having a boss telling you what to do) means that you’re going to have to make sure you’re motivated to do the work.
When you’re employed, there are benefits that often get overlooked, such as being handed all the tools you need to complete your job. Going freelance means you’ll have to do the tool-gathering on your own, and depending on what you do, it can get pretty expensive.
As well as missing your boss (yes, it’s possible), it’s likely at times that you’ll miss a buzzing, social office environment. Although it might sound appealing to work in your pajamas, it could make it difficult to switch ‘work mode’ on.
We’re not trying to be doom and gloom about freelancing and working from home. In fact, far from it; we think it’s great to have the skills and talent to make your own way in life. But it’s important to recognize that working from home does not necessarily mean an easy ride. The good news is that you can prepare yourself for the tough times and set yourself up for success. Check out this infographic below to not only survive, but thrive in your new working environment!