I have always loved writing. I was writing for my school newspaper, I interned at my local newspaper when I was fourteen and I started working for them as a freelancer straight afterwards. Instead of going to university and study journalism though, I started studying English, history and German with the intention of becoming a secondary school teacher. My passion for journalism and the world of media however stayed with me and so instead of working in a class room teaching teenagers German, I am now working from home telling people’s stories in magazines and newspapers.
It’s not always easy to get motivated when you don’t have to leave the house and boy does everyday life throw distractions in your way when you are working on a tight deadline, but I love the flexibility that working from home gives me. I can decide when I want to work, which project I want to tackle first and I can sneak in cheeky shopping trips or coffee mornings with friends. The biggest advantage in my eyes however is that I can work around Amy and don’t have to fork out extortionate amounts of money for childcare.
Sometimes I miss the social aspect of working in a busy place like a school or an editorial office. I have always enjoyed exchanging ideas with colleagues or simply having a like-minded person there to offer advice, but luckily there a number of great networks out there now that support work at home mums or small businesses. They aren’t only a great source for advice, but I have also found that networking online and offline can help you attract more business and motivate yourself when all you want to do is relax on the sofa.
If you work from home, how do you motivate yourself? Do you network offline or online or do you organise your work in a certain way? I’d love to hear from…
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