I’ve worked from a home office for several years and I’m usually able to focus and be productive during my day. At times though, I get cabin fever and need to get out or grab a cup of coffee at the coffee shop. It’s refreshing to meet new people, see different perspectives and opinions from others.
Working from home can be productive, but can also be quiet at times. As a freelancer you don’t typically have someone in the cubicle next door to talk about ideas. I reach a point where I need outside influence to talk about a project, hardware upgrades, or design trends. That’s when I get out to meet with a friend or to work on a project. Even though I’m used to a quiet office, I’m able to concentrate just as well in a noisy coffee shop. It’s energizing to be in a room full of freelancers or small business owners with similar goals. I always find myself talking about projects or handing out a business card to someone new. I always tend to have a different experience and usually meet someone new.
Sitting at the same desk, with the same surroundings ever day can get monotonous. Most of us are not meant to sit for 8 hours a day staring at a computer, doing the same things over and over. We’re meant to have variety in our lives to keep us motivated and energized about our work. We need outside influence to give constructive criticism or passing ours along to others. It broadens our perspective on how others perceive our work and helps us improve.
Meeting new people is always refreshing. I like to listen to others and how they approach their businesses. I listen to how others approach problems, solutions and how they’ve become successful or failed. There are lessons to be learned from success and failure. No matter what your business, it’s likely that you’ll have things in common with other small businesses owners.
Having a home office can be great, but let’s not forget to get out and network with others. Set up a meeting with a friend or local business owner to talk about what they do. Learn how they go about their business, how long they’ve owned their business, and what their plans on for the next 5 years. You’ll be surprised how willing people are to share their business experiences with you. We learn from others by listening to their experiences. So get out of that home office and get refreshed.
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