Since the national lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, workers across the UK, including myself, have become accustomed to working from home. Many businesses have found that remote working has been a highly productive working arrangement and have switched to having staff working from home on a permanent basis. That being said, it has taken some greater adjustment for others, especially if your home environment isn’t all that suitable to work from. If you have found difficulty in working from home, here are some essential tips to get the most out of it.
It’s Essential to Take Breaks and Keep Your Mind Refreshed
Humans tend to find it difficult to concentrate intensely on a task for longer than 20 minutes. It’s also harder to stay focused with there being so many distractions in the digital age. So, make the most of your lunchtimes and any other breaks when working from home to take a brief bit of downtime from work and recharge your batteries. Taking breaks will allow you to return to your work tasks with your mind reset, revitalised, and ready to go again.
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is Crucial
All budding entrepreneurs need to stay sharp in the business environment, and getting plenty of hours of sleep during the working week is essential. You should try and get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep per night so that your mind is able to stay alert throughout the day in the workplace. I personally need at least 10 to function properly.
It Can Be a Worthwhile Investment to Purchase High-quality Digital Devices
Top-quality laptops, home computers, tablets, and fast-speed internet costs money. However, working from home as an entrepreneur is more manageable when you have a fast-speed internet connection and well-made digital devices. I wouldn’t swap my Apple devices for anything! Do you have an old work laptop that is slow and keeps freezing or shutting at random times? Do some research and perhaps consider purchasing yourself a Macbook with higher capabilities, to make working from home much simpler and less stressful.
Use Your Spare Time to Carry Out Research
None of us can ever know too much. Carrying out research is crucial when running a business, so you need to try and find a gap in your week to get some done. Whether it’s research into competitors, research to generate new product or content ideas or research into upcoming trends, it’s essential when you are a freelancer or entrepreneur. For example, in highly competitive industries such as fashion, knowing the market is so important. Owners of fashion businesses should spend hours comparing the quality and costs that come with using different clothing suppliers, as this affects their profit margins. Maybe you own a fashion store and are looking for a leading wholesale supplier of women’s clothing in the UK (e.g. Stylewise Direct), or maybe you have a food store and are looking for a small independent UK chocolate manufacturer (e.g. Cocoa Ooze), or maybe you are just looking for some good backdrops to shoot content against (e.g. Capture by Lucy), it will never not be worthwhile time spent by you.
Keep Your Home Workspace Neat and Well-Organised
Research has shown that it is harder to concentrate when working in a messy or cluttered environment. Therefore, ‘a tidy office space equals a tidy mind’ is quite a good mantra to live by when working from home. Try to keep any vital paperwork filed and organised logically and orderly. Not being able to find important work documents may mean you fail to come across as a serious and professional individual. So, making sure you keep your workspace in order is a good idea.
Remember, working from home as an entrepreneur or freelancer is no doddle. You must make money and provide results, much like you would have to when working in an office. Using these tips and others is sure to contribute to your success, both now and in the future.
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