How to work from home without feeling isolated.

If you work from home as I do, it’s very easy to slip into the habit of holing up at home for days. When you first get the idea of starting a home based business, it sounds so appealing–work in your pajamas if you want to. No commuting, no interruptions from colleagues, more time freedom.

But when the reality sets in you find yourself socially isolated in a virtual world. Your world shrinks and becomes your computer and your family. Even the occasional business lunch or networking event doesn’t help much.

I’ve battled this and found that social interaction is absolutely necessary for humans! Here are some ways to help you keep you from becoming a cloistered hermit.

  • Join a gym. Don’t just workout, go to a class where you get to know the regulars. This can also give your body a much needed break from the computer.
  • Plan a regular get together with other nearby home based business owners to socialize and strategize. There are probably plenty in your neighborhood, or you can go to http://meetup.com and start a group in your area.
  • Plan a weekly lunch with someone influential who you’ve wanted to have a relationship with. This is fun and a great business building activity.
  • Take your laptop to Starbucks or Panera and work from there for a few hours just to get out of the house.

If you have other suggestions, post a comment. I’m sure other home based business owners will appreciate it.

Janis

1 Comment
  • Jeanne May
    Posted at 20:15h, 23 January Reply

    I can so relate to this topic!

    I’m a psychologist and have been working from home for a number of years. And over the last 8 months I’ve been doing a lot more online work. So both with counselling here and establishing myself online… it is extremely isolating.
    It’s so imperative when you are self-employed and work from, to draw boundaries between your work life and your nonwork life… and sometimes that’s easier said than done!

    And also if possible take your work to the park, river or wherever you get inspiration, fresh air and a change from four walls.

    Best wishes
    Jeanne
    http://aspirationsplus.typepad.com/uydayg

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