'The great thing about working from home is that you are in control and you can create the ideal environment for your own temperament and circumstances.' Are you one of the millions of people who have already discovered the rewards of working from home? Or one of those thinking about taking the plunge and wondering what challenges you will face? If so, this book could change your life. Whether you are planning to run your own business or work from home for someone else, whether you spend your day at a computer or out in your workshop, this down-toearth, friendly guide is packed with practical information and tips: *Discover whether you and your work are suited to working from home *Find out how to negotiate homeworking with your employer *Beat procrastination and use your time effectively *Maintain a professional image even if you work from the kitchen table *Overcome isolation and deal confidently with any crisis *Separate work from home and gain support from your family and friends Get the most out of homeworking by sharing the experiences of the author and a diverse range of homeworkers, from designers and B&B owners to salesmen and builders. Explore their solutions to common challenges and save time, effort and money by not making the mistakes they made.
I've worked from home for over 20 years, firstly running my own cleaning business and later working as a business adviser. My book 'Work from Home' shares many of my own experiences of home working, plus those of home workers of all kinds. The idea behind it was to help new home workers avoid having to re-invent the wheel, and to give more experienced ones some tips to be more productive and happy working from home.
I set up my blog workfromhomewisdom.com soon after the book was published as a way of keeping information current, andÂ it's regularly mentioned in the national press and specialist publications. And what a lot of changes there have been!
Jelly and coworking didn't exist when I wrote the book, and now they are all over the UK. I was a pioneer of Jelly, and there's a section of the blog dedicated to what it is and what to do there, plus my very detailed How to Start Your Own Jelly Guide if you want to set up your own group.
I work one-to-one with stuck home workers to help them see the wood from the trees. It's easy to lose perspective when you live and work in the same place, and I can provide an objective ear when family and friends may have their own agenda and opinions about what you should do!
Come and see me and other home workers at workfromhomewisdom.com, to pick up some inspiration and information, and share your own - I'm always looking for home workers to share their stories and expertise, whether it be in the form of interviews, guest blog posts or photos of your home office. You never know who you might encourage on a bad day!