Have you picked up this month's copy of Psychologies Magazine yet?
If you flip to page 26 of the October 2018 issue, you'll find a familiar name - our very own Tania Diggory!
We worked with Ali Roff of Psychologies to highlight the expectations vs. realities of freelancing. In the modern workplace, there is often a mix of full-time and freelance staff, and we know it's easy to think "the grass is greener" being a freelancer. In certain aspects it is - but you may find a few roadblocks along the way.
Here's a few snippets of advice for improving your freelance work, and achieving your dream work-life balance:
1. Accept and Appreciate New "Colleagues"
Are you ready to spend a whole lot of time with your partner, your family, and even your pets? Working from home may feel like a welcome break from commuting, but it can put a strain on your close relationships.
Find a way to dedicate time to your work, and time to your close ones, without feeling guilty.
2. Get Out of the House - Regularly
There are many benefits to working from home. However, "cabin fever" can become an issue. Combine a routine centred around one single location with a lack of colleagues, and you may find yourself in quite a difficult situation.
Look for flexible ways to get out of the house - whether that's a fitness regime at your local gym, or dedicating a few hours per week to a co-working space, you will really appreciate the breaks in your routine.
3. Respect Your Decision
There are both pros and cons to being a freelancer. Commitment to your decision is key to better wellbeing across your business and your wellbeing. However, you may experience nagging doubts - sometimes even verbalised by friends and family.
Respect that you have chosen a brave path - one with uncertainty, driven by a passion inside of you - and seek support from those who truly champion you.