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5 tips for freelancing / working from home

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK

Take plenty of breaks | You'd take breaks if you worked in an office, so don't skip on them just because you work from home!

Taking breaks away from the computer is so important. I'm guilty of making my lunch and then sitting back down with my laptop and watching YouTube whilst I eat. The problem with this is that my eyes don't get a break from the screen and it often leads to nasty headaches.

Drink lots of water | Coffee is great. I mean really great. But water is so much better for you!

Only having to make coffee for one rather than a whole office full of people makes it a far less demanding task and often results in you drinking WAY more than you need to. Coffee is my favourite drink, it's divine, but if I drink too much I end up hot, shaky and unable to concentrate. If you're working from home, try and substitute some of your hot drinks for water, it's so much better for the brain and come to think of it, the skin too!

Create a workspace | Try not to work in places you associate with relaxation.

Creating a workspace outside of your bedroom is something I highly recommend. Sure it's wonderful to work from bed (especially on cold, gloomy days) but you want to keep your bedroom as a place for relaxing and unwinding, not working. Having a home office or workspace within your home is also beneficial for others. If they've just come home and you're still working, they won't disturb you and you won't make them feel like they have to tip toe around you.

Keep on top of your books | Schedule time every week to do your books. Don't leave them for months untouched.

One of the downsides of working for yourself is having to do your own tax returns and this means keeping on top of your books. I'm the first to admit that I'm rubbish with numbers, so even recording my incomings and outgoings stresses me out. Thankfully I have my lovely mum to lend me a helping hand!

Don't sell yourself short | You are brave, inspiring and hardworking. Be proud of what you have achieved so far.

My last piece of advice is definitely something I constantly have to remind myself and that's not to sell yourself short. I'm not talking about undercharging for your services (though you shouldn't do that either) but taking pride in what you do. Working for yourself isn't easy, despite what others may think. You have to be brave to take the risk and you have to put in a lot of work to get where you want to be. Next time someone asks you what you do for a living, tell them with confidence and pride.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it's a little different but I really wanted to share this advice as a reminder to myself and other freelancers / home workers out there.