Monday, December 19th, 2016
Enjoy this guest blog post by Jenny Holt, freelance writer, who wrote about working from home for creative people. It’s very relevant for myself and I’m sure it is for some of you, too. I hope it helps you making the right decision for yourself.
Are you a creative considering a move away from an official workplace and working from the comfort of your own home? A recent study by the Trade Union Congress found that the number of people working regularly from home in the UK has risen by a fifth in the last decade, now topping over 1.5 million. But the freedom offered by a home office situation isn’t for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider before taking the leap.
Creative people thrive on the versatility and flexibility that working from home provides – after all, there’s no knowing when the Muse will pay you a visit! Plus, you get to take holiday when you want, work around other commitments, and choose to work at your most productive time.
Creatives are also often best left to their own devices if they want to get the optimum results from their work. A micromanaging boss is the last thing you need when you’re in the throes of creating something amazing, and being at home gives you the autonomy you need to make this happen. You get to develop your best ideas and have control over your creative process, which leads to fulfillment and professional satisfaction.
Doing what you love is essential for your happiness. But it’s not always easy if the job you love doesn’t bring in as much money, or as reliable an income, as a 9-5 office job. Having your studio or office at home cuts overheads and can help make your dream job a possibility.
Lack of structure
Creative people often go through spells of being swept up in the inspiration of what they’re doing, and then facing periods of relative inactivity. If you’re in a shared workspace under a boss, you’re forced to work through these dry spells, but when you work from home, you can just indulge them. Think sleeping in, staying in your pyjamas all day, getting very little done and, consequently: not being able to pay the rent.
Working from home has many pros and cons, but one of the biggest negatives is the feeling of loneliness that can sometimes arise from working alone. When you work in a shared space like an office, you’re forced into contact with people regularly, which although can sometimes be frustrating, is a natural state for human beings. If you have no other reason to leave your house, you may find that you don’t have human contact for days on end with anyone except your immediate family, which can lead to the formation of negative thought patterns and habits.
What are your thoughts on becoming a freelancer?
– A guest blog post by Jenny Holt, Freelance Writer –