Since a large aspect of the contractor lifestyle is flexibility the opportunity to work from home may appeal to you. But with your professional and personal lives so closely connected, you may find that your work-life balance becomes disrupted.

To help you stay motivated, organised and productive, we’ve put together some tips to help you make the most out of working from home.

Set a dedicated working space

Distractions are easy to find when you’re working from home. Make life as easy for yourself and set a dedicated space in your home for work. If you don’t have a whole room available, you could find a quiet corner free from distractions to set up your desk.

Get into a routine

When you’re working from home, sticking to a schedule isn’t easy - you can find yourself working irregular hours and struggling to focus. It may be helpful to think of your work like a full-time job, including a set number of hours, a start and finish time and a scheduled number of breaks. If you’re strict with yourself, settling into a working routine will be much easier.

Remember to take breaks

When you work from home, it’s harder to separate yourself from work. But it’s important for you to make sure you’re taking breaks throughout the day. Whether this is going for a short walk or just resting in another room of the house, getting away from your work for a short while will keep you refreshed.

Communicate with your clients

It can be easy to feel isolated when you’re working remotely, so you should make the effort to keep in touch with clients. This will also help you to stay on track and make sure you’re working to their requirements.

Consider installing a dedicated messaging system to make communication easier. If you’re looking for something basic, inexpensive and easy to use, Skype or Slack are two good options to consider.

Get a helping hand

There are lots of demands on your time as a contractor and finding the best help can make a big difference to your work. Here at Nixon Williams, we pride ourselves on the level of care we provide to our clients. Whether you’re looking for ongoing support with your accounts or advice with something specific, we’re here to help.

To see what we can do for you, give our team a call on 01253 362062 or email newbusiness@nixonwilliams.com