One of the great things about having a small consultancy business is that I work from home. Like many of our clients, I have a perfectly appointed and very pleasant study to work from.
I also find that one of the worst things about having a small consultancy business is working from home. Some of our clients find they get distracted by family members. I don’t have that issue, but I do find that I go stir crazy being on my own sometimes. I even know business owners who end up doing their most un-favorite household chores (mine is vacuuming), instead of working.
So what can you do if you find you’re driving yourself mad seeing the same four walls? Here are some ideas?
Go for a walk
Just getting out in some fresh are can refresh and invigorate you.
Take some work to the local coffee shop
This is something I frequently do. My local coffee shop is bright and vibrant and I find that I am more motivated when I have a change of environment.
Find a jelly or start your own – http://workatjelly.com/
Essentially a “jelly” is a group of small business owners/freelancers who find a free venue, preferably with electricity and wi-fi where they can work from for the day. I went to one in Bristol organized by Lee Cottier last Tuesday. All I had to do was bring my laptop and some work with me. Did I work effectively? Yes! In addition, I had the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat over a cup of coffee.
Find out more information about Bristol Jelly by following @coworkingwest on Twitter.