10 Tips for Setting up Your Freelance Office

Posted on: February 11th, 2011

Welcome to guest writer, James Adams, who provides advice on how to set up your home office.

If you want working from home to be successful and productive, then it should be separate from your personal space, distraction free, and inviting. Avoid the temptations to cobble together a desk and chair in the corner of a room and calling it your office. Take it from me, it won’t work! So if you’re taking your work seriously, then take these ten essentials on board and apply them to your freelance office.

1. Room

Rather than the kitchen table, take over a room in the house as your home office. It will be easier to claim this space on your taxes and serve as a barrier between your personal and work spaces. Train people to leave you alone when the door to your office is closed. Keep this area away from the highly trafficked areas within your house so you can have peace and quiet.

Is it time your freelance business had a ‘real’ office?

Posted on: July 19th, 2010

Guest writer and editor, Alison Harmer, helps you strike a balance between home and office.

As freelancers, working from home has its benefits – it’s flexible, convenient, fits in with lifestyles and, most of all, is a lot cheaper than an office. But achieving two ‘must-haves’ in business – a professional image and a secure place to hold a meeting – can be tricky.

Home-based freelancers will probably be familiar with at least one of the following nightmares:

  • Your children have a slanging match during an interview it’s taken you months to set up, leaving your interviewee annoyed and unimpressed.
  • You forget to update the answer-phone or forward calls on the day that a major customer phones with a massive, urgent job. Frustrated, they give the project to someone else and you lose out on repeat work.

How to avoid the loneliness of working on your own

Posted on: May 18th, 2010

If you work from home and you’re on your own, it’s easy to feel isolated. There are no colleagues to chat to, no office buzz,  and no-one to bounce ideas off.

Here are some ways you can avoid feeling lonely:

  • Arrange to meet a friend for coffee once a week.
  • Go to a class at your local gym. Don’t forget, you set your own timetable as a f reelancer.  So if you want to take an hour out and meet your mates while doing a Pilates or Step class, then you’re perfectly entitled to do so.
  • Join a local networking group.
  • Belong to an online forum or two. It’s your virtual water cooler.
  • Meet up with friends in the evening. If you’ve spent all day on your own, you need to get out socialising.