Big city, small apartment. Don’t isolate yourself!
Guest post by Craig Daniel
It is widely regarded as living the dream and as we all know, when it comes to London, a lot of people are doing exactly that.
However, working from home in the capital isn’t always as obvious as it might first seem. Sure, there are a huge number of workers doing this – but that doesn’t mean to say that it’s the easy thing to do.
As such, if you are planning a move to London and thinking about working from home with your digital career, read on to find out some of the best tips that can help you along your way.
Plan accordingly for your move
First and foremost, if you haven’t lived in a city like London before – this move isn’t going to be like any other you have experienced in the past. Chances are, you’ll be based in an apartment – and this means that there are obvious logistical issues to take into account.
Then, there is the traffic, which suddenly turns a 2-hour move into a full day job. Make sure you have accounted for this, and perhaps consider some storage in London if you need to stagger your move to make it manageable.
Once you’re at home – don’t stay there
Again, as a digital nomad (as the term now goes), this next piece of advice might appear bizarre.
While you might love your new surroundings in the first few weeks, over time things will start to grate on you. Looking at the same four walls, especially in a city where the accommodation is historically small, can lead you to burn out.
For this reason, it is crucial that you try and meet others who are in the same boat as you. Fortunately, the digital community is constantly growing and this is generally something that is easy to do. If not, even a coffee shop can pull you out of your surroundings and just change things up a bit. As we all know, London has plenty of these.
You can be flexible – but don’t push it too much
As we all know, one of the major benefits of working from home is the flexibility. The days of rolling out of bed and starting work at effectively any time that you desire is something that many of us crave.
However, it can work to our disadvantage. This is something that can throw routines completely out of the window. Suddenly, you are picking up your laptop when the family is at home, and you have well and truly taken your work home with you.
As such, be strict with your time, and try to make your routine as rigid as possible.
Take advantage of the London-factor
You may have worked in some cities where you may have picked up most clients on the internet.
Well, now you’re in the capital, things are changing. You now have millions of potential clients on your doorstep – and many of these would prefer to deal with someone face-to-face rather than an e-mail. Use this to your advantage to attract new clients as you piece together your home-based, digital business.