When you work from home, it is very easy to forget that there is an outside world especially if the work you do requires minimal “human” interaction.
When I started my work from home journey I seldom left the house. I had very few actual client meetings, we corresponded primarily via email or phone. There was no need for me to leave the house. Eventually though I started to crave human interaction and while I was working I needed to feel like I was a part of something a little bigger. I was working with a business coach who suggested I join some networking events and work from co-working spaces – basically she pushed me out the house, outside my comfort zone.
It wasn’t easy for me but was the best thing, not only for my business but also for my personal development. It is something I do have to work on but it is so important to do, it helps to keep you sane and opens up new doors and opportunities.
- Join a networking group – formally or informally. There are so many networking groups when you start looking. Some meet regularly and are more formal while others are a bunch of business people meeting for coffee. Find one (or more) that work for you and where you feel comfortable.
- Get out of the house and work from a coffee shop or a co-working space. My local Woolies is my office away from home. When I start feeling like my home office walls are closing in, I spend a day or two at Woolies. I prefer coffee shops to co-working spaces but both serve the same purpose.
- Join Facebook groups in your niche. Not only will you learn a lot in these groups but they may also have get together’s or opportunities to connect with other people.
It can be easy to just stay home and avoid interactions but we all need people, even those who are more introverted. It can actually be good for you to get out the house and meet new people and interact.
This post forms part of my 31 days to achieve work life balance as a work from home mom.