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For those of you who perhaps aren’t subscribed to me on Youtube and therefore haven’t seen my recent work related updates, back in November I made a huge career changing decision: I went freelance. This was something I’d been working towards in my mind for most of 2018 and something I’d dreamed of for a lot longer. I’d always wanted to be my own boss whether that be owning a company or through writing or blogging, and with five years marketing experience under my belt I decided that now was the time to take the plunge.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but I figured that, while I’m living back with my parents and saving for a house I was perhaps in the most stable position to be making a big life decision like this – as long as I could pay my personal bills each month I was fine, it wasn’t like all of a sudden I’d be left in a position whereby I could no longer pay my rent.
For me this decision has had a lot of benefits so far – it’s allowing me to be much more flexible with my time which in turn is meaning I feel a lot more creative. I can make sure I have enough sleep every night because I’m not frantically working until 1am every night (well, I still am quite frequently but less so than before!) and I also have the opportunity to film and shoot blog content in daylight during the week meaning I’m not trying to cram everything into my weekends. I’m slowly getting myself into a routine whereby I can actually have weekends each week which is something I’ve not really experienced since about 2015 and I can wholeheartedly say I’m loving it.
It’s also been a huge help with my anxiety. While I’m still trying to get to a stable point with my anxiety, the ability to work from home whenever I need to is quite literally a dream! If I have a bad day, providing I don’t have client meetings to go to, I know I can work off my laptop from my bed if I need to and nobody needs to know. I no longer feel like I’m letting anybody down, I’m not having to forever text my boss to explain why I haven’t been able to get on the train down to London again, and I’m working much more effectively without these worries hanging over my head.
That doesn’t mean to say it’s all plain sailing however. I have found over Christmas, because I’ve spent so much time at home I’ve now started feeling a twinge of anxiety whenever I need to leave my “safe space” and this is something I want to nip in the bud sooner rather than later.
One experience I was delighted to have in London was working from a shared office space for a year. My old company rented an office in a space in Central London and this meant that I was frequently surrounded by fellow creatives to bounce ideas off – this was a great way to work and a great way to ensure that I was socialising with fellow creatives often and therefore I’ve been looking for offices to rent in Liverpool and Chester.
Signature Works offer amazing shared office space in Liverpool and it’s something I’m seriously considering for this year. They offer packages for businesses and also for freelancers meaning I would have exposure to so many businesses and individuals who might have need of my services. Not only that, but it’s a great way to ensure that I’m still getting out and about and having regular human contact from people other than my family- something that you can easily go days without when you’re working from home!
I think its safe to say there’s perks to both working from home and working from an office environment, and a healthy balance between the two is something that I think will be key for me this year. Working from home affords me the break my brain needs to stay relaxed and creative and therefore allows me to feel my best self, but an office environment does wonders for the productivity levels, can be an amazing way to forge important business connections and also gives you the opportunity to socialise with other likeminded individuals.
Do you work from home? How do you find it? Have you ever considered a shared working space? Let me know in the comments!
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