Tips for contractors working alone

Stay productive, healthy and happy when working alone

As a freelancer or contractor, you may be familiar with working alone and from home. But if you’re used to popping into your client’s office to work or make use of a co-working space you might be missing the company a little more than others during the lockdown. That’s why we’ve put together some handy tips to help you manage working alone.

Keep up your networking

There’s an abundance of networking events available for freelancers and contractors working in all industries that can be attended remotely. To find free remote networking events in your area, visit the FSB website here. In addition to networking with a view to finding potential clients, it’s also well worth arranging phone calls or video calls with your existing clients too, given it’s unlikely that you’ll have seen them recently. 

Listen to music

This is one that most people don’t give too much thought about. However, listening to music or the radio can drastically improve your mood and even help you become more productive. Whether it’s Spotify’s Music for Concentration playlist, the radio or your favourite movie soundtrack, background music could help you focus on work and perhaps even inspire you.

Take a read of this blog that explains how music can help the self-employed stay more productive.

Get social (virtually)

While socialising in the physical sense is off the cards for the foreseeable future, there’s nothing stopping you from tapping into social media. Used properly (and not to procrastinate) and social media can help you meet like-minded people online who may have experience which can help you move forward – just be sure to stay professional.

Here’s a brilliant guide on how to make LinkedIn work for you. 

Prioritise your well-being

Keeping a healthy body is essential in maintaining a healthy mind. Start the day by taking a walk or exercising. This can help set you up for the rest of the day with a positive outlook and a sense of accomplishment. If you’re looking for exercise advice, the NHS website contains handy 10-minute workouts which are great for those who don’t quite know where to start. 

We hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any ideas or suggestions then let us know on our Facebook,Twitter or LinkedInIn the meantime, if you need any help or advice then be sure to get in touch with us. We’re always more than happy to help.

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