Working Alone Can Be Hard

Working Alone Can Be Hard

One thing about being a blogger means you are working from home.

You don't get the companionship you do in the workplace.

If you are feeling unmotivated it is hard to get out of that slump.

Afterall it is so easy to just switch on Netflix, grab a cup of tea and procrastinate.

Personally, I find blogging hardest when my anxiety is at its worst. For me, my anxiety when it is bad switches me off from the world.

I sleep a lot anyway thanks to my ME and fibro, but chuck in some extra zzzs from my anxiety and I find that I hardly have any awake hours.

So how can you combat these issues? How can you get out and go when you are working from home.

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Make Friends in a Similar Situation

I don't know how many times myself or Rebecca from Futures DMs each other on Facebook saying I need to write something but I'm struggling.

The housework could be calling, or I am Celeb has just started on TV.

Of course, we can't reach through the screen and make the other one type. However, we can offer encouraging words.

I've just this week started a Facebook messenger group for the members of UK Bloggers, which I hope will become a place people can turn to as well when they need a bit of a pick me up.

Have an Office

Making sure you have a space dedicated to work is a must, but can be hard.

For instance, I live in a one bed bunglow which means my office is my sofa or my bed. Not really dedicated right?

However, if you've had enough of popping down the local cafe.

I've recently found that you can hire out a flexible office.

This can offer you anything from purely an address to use, to a full private office. However, what is perhaps the most interesting is the idea of “hot desking” these offices to rent Liverpool, allows you to pop into a co-working area of your choice when you need.

As someone working freelance this can help keep your overheads down, while giving you an office away from home, where you can get your head down and work.

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Reach Out

One thing I have learnt over my years of blogging is, to reach out.

If you're feeling alone and need someone to talk to, there is going to be someone else in your shoes.

Facebook groups dedicated to occupation are wonderful for meeting like-minded people. As can be Twitter.

Never feel afraid to write a post to a group of people, you never know who might just reach back.

Do you work from home, do you find motivation can be hard sometimes?





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This article has 39 comments

  1. Ann F. Snook-Moreau

    I definitely find it hard to stay motivated, especially when I see housework or errands that need done. I really wish my condo had a home office where I could have dedicated work space!

  2. Brandy

    Working alone can be difficult sometimes, but I spent a year working outside of the home because I was tired of working alone and that didn’t prove to be the solution. I’m glad that you shared this though, as it gives me other ideas on what I can do to feel connected with people.

  3. michelle twin mum

    Really good tips here. I work from home mostly but I’m lucky as I live on the site of my husbands work, so I can wander up there and chat to people or have lunch when I feel isolated. Mich x

  4. Kacie Morgan

    I work alone and when I work from home I do find it hard to motivate myself at times. I recently started on the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator scheme in Cardiff so luckily I now have my own office space for the timebeing. It’s great to get out of the house and see some familiar faces during my working day.

  5. Tabitha Blue

    This is so good and encouraging… just hearing those words and knowing I’m not the only one. Even with a family, which makes for a busy household, I can feel those lonely feelings in blogging… and also those times I just can’t find the words to write. Thanks for sharing your heart too!

  6. Melanie Walsh

    With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m doing everything I can to stay motivated! Unfortunately, it’s been a very busy few weeks so the unending to-do list is making me want to hide my head in the sand. I needed this inspiration to help make it through the new year. A space to rent out is needed wouldn’t probably be a huge help for me.

  7. Rhian Westbury

    You’re right working alone can be very hard and I think it’s why I couldn’t go freelance as I would struggle to work on my own at home x

  8. Eva Katona

    I agree with everything here as I work from home – alone. Sometimes would love to go to a workplace and meet other people and exchange ideas.

  9. Samantha Donnelly

    It can be lonely working from home, I have always worked in offices and customer facing positions as well, so have always talked to people. It can get lonely but the Blogging community is very supportive and someone is always around to chat to

  10. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

    Working alone can definitely be hard. I don’t mind it most of the time but, I feel this!

  11. Kathy

    I agree. It can get lonely at times. Most of the times I enjoy it though. It’s very quiet and I love that.

  12. Esther Irish

    Ah some great tips. I need to follow the advice on some of them. I have been struggling lately, but this was encouraging. I am not alone! 🙂

  13. Jess Howliston

    Great tips! It is definitely very lonely sometimes and so easy to slip off task! One of my aims for the new year is to create myself my own little work space to keep myself motivated and focused!

  14. Lisa

    I couldn’t agree more with this. It really does get lonely in this industry, which is why I agree… it’s so important to find your tribe and to get to know people who are in a similar situation.

  15. Kara Guppy

    I have gone back to work now as I felt really lonely working from home

  16. Michelle Murray

    I only work from home a couple of hours a day in between my part time job and the school run but I know exactly what you mean.

  17. Charli Bruce

    Having an office space really does help me with working, I remember when I used to just work from bed or my sofa – I would find it so hard to be motivated but, now I spend my normal office hours at my desk and don’t allow anything else to distract me x

  18. john boyle

    I work from home 70% of the time buying and selling Ephemera antiques, motivation is a struggle when the “lows” hit but it’s a case of keep going, mentally and financially. One of the auction houses I attend was short of a cook for the snack bar, I jumped in feet first. Now I can meet and talk to competitors (bidding ring), gain knowledge, make (potential) new friends. The conversations only tend to last for a few minutes which is enough to become acquainted, worth a shot at least!

  19. Thena Franssen

    This post speaks the truth. It can be totally lonely and hard to find motivation!

  20. Anonymous

    I miss the camaraderie of an office environment. Working along is lonely!

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