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.
- Make sure you have some face-to-face meetings with clients, rather than doing everything by phone or email.
- Phone a friend for a chat.
- Do some work in a cafe. If you’ve been on your own all day you need the buzz of others around you.
- Turn on the TV or radio. If you’re doing a fairly mundane task, it’s good to hear some voices in the background.
- Get a cat – they’re good company. Or a dog, if you have the time to exercise it.