For nearly 3 long years as a freelancer, I’ve been under the steady paw of home management, overseen by a small [but very business-oriented] Tabby cat. In light of current events, I thought I’d put together this grandly titled ‘Ultimate Guide to Working From Home’ as I’ve been getting a lot of questions about tips for working from home.
Get your laptop out, your preferred method of calendar setting, make sure you have a decent supply of [cat treats +] coffee in the cupboard and throw away the yoke of conventional work hours. Unless of course, that’s what your boss will still want you to work – mine tends to vary her demands based on a busy nap schedule and availability of the top tier cushions [a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do].
I’m quite proud to celebrate a big milestone this month: I’ve been a freelancer running my own business for 2 whole years. Yep, 24 whole months of running my small business, working in specialist social media management, training businesses and as a photographer, helping other small & medium businesses!
Over the last two years, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve worked with dream clients, random clients, businesses who I never could have imagined I’d work with, charities with causes very close to my heart, and clients who I’ve come to discover their amazing business stories.
Balance. Ahhh, that elusive nirvana. I get asked all the time for tips on how to balance work, life and blogging, so I’ve put together my most valuable hard-learned lessons, genuinely time-saving tips and honest practicalities into one, single blog post instead of many wine-fuelled conversations.
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Let’s begin in a place of honesty – balancing everything can be hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat this.
I actually can’t believe I’m writing this. I’ve managed to survive 12 months as a freelancer, and I’m grinning from ear to ear as we raise a champagne toast to a thriving business. Launching a small business, let alone one specialising in social media was never a career path I ever could have imagined for myself, and yet here I am.
And I adore it.
9 months as a freelancer (or thereabouts). Oh, how that time has flown past. It feels like just yesterday that I handed my notice in, after months of indecision, planning, list making, counting down and then rejoicing at how right my decision felt.
I haven’t regretted any of it.