Over the past 3 months businesses owners have had to adjust the way they work by turning spare rooms into home offices, dining/patio tables into desks, and sofa arms have been propping up laptops. As many have quickly realised, working from home isn’t as glamorous or relaxing as you may think.
However, as Wales starts to open up again and the majority of people are heading back to their workplace/office, I will continue working remotely for the foreseeable, and I hope that some of the new opportunities that have come out during lockdown remain.
For the past 2.5 years working from home has been my normal. Since my daughter was a few months old, I decided to work 100% remotely. Partly to suit our new home life and partly because my mental health took a dramatic turn for the worse, and remote working allowed me to continue working with my existing clients and to grow my business online.
I’m not going to lie and say it is easy, but with the help of technology, I have adapted my business. Zoom is my go-to for all client meetings, social media channels are my networking events and I’ve become pro at making iced caramel lattes at home. I also found that I spent less time travelling to and from meetings, giving me more time finish client work and spend time with my family. I also saved money from not buying lunch/coffee/snacks out, and obviously, my overheads are much less than when I was renting an office. Nevertheless, working remotely does have it draw-backs, mainly loneliness.
When lockdown came into force in March, a whole new world of opportunities opened up for me. Whilst everyone was adjusting to a new working environment I had already become accustom to, I was taking advantage of the networking events I’d never been able to attend as they were now all being hosted online, training courses were now being adapted for at home learning, and most importantly and ironically, I’ve had more conversations and made valuable connections with more business owners and freelancers than ever, which really helped my loneliness in business.
I know I may very well be in the minority who choose to work 100% remotely, and I am very lucky that my business can work this way, however, I have no doubt that there are going to be occasions where other business owners are going to have to adapt their business, even temporarily, and rely on the online world to keep their business going. I personally would love to see more online opportunities, especially networking events, become more common. I appreciate that it will never replace face to face meetings, but for many, online networking not only offers further business opportunities, but some much needed interaction with others, that they may not receive, for whatever reason.
In the meantime, I will continue to offer online meetings so that I can juggle family and my mental health the best way I can, and if you fancy a chat with me, my email and DM’s are always open 😊