Working freelance to earn yourself some money, whether that be as a primary source of income or a side project to bring in some extra cash on the side each month, can be a brilliant strategy in 2020. Freelance is becoming an increasingly viable work option in the modern day – SimplyBusiness reported that in the UK in 2018 there was a 31% annual rise in people looking to go freelance, suiting their lifestyle and creative business ideas.
However, working independently means that you don’t necessarily have an office to go to and concentrate, and many people working from home struggle to focus in when there are so many distractions apparent. But how can you combat this?
Want to take your independent work to the next level in 2020, and are thinking of ways to make your home more productive generally? Perhaps just thinking of ways to become more productive in your spare time? Why not start by taking a look at this short guide, detailing some effective ways to transform your home into a productive environment.
Decluttering and focusing in on what’s important
Particularly after the new year celebrations, and moving forward into the future, a good place to start would be to declutter and organise your personal space, as you would with any professional workspace. Many studies have suggested that a clear work environment can help with concentration and our ability to process information, and not only will this help you to refresh your home and get rid of the stuff that you no longer need, but it should also benefit your work ethic.
Living in a city apartment or flat, and focusing in on freelance work throughout the new decade? Urban apartments are sometimes even more restricted with space than usual, and so it’s even more important to try and be as efficient as you possibly can. For inspiration, look to modern properties aimed at young professionals and students, and see how they lay out their interiors. RWinvest, a property investment company with offerings throughout Liverpool and Manchester, feature minimalist, sleek designs in their apartments. Look to their Poets Place build or upcoming Parliament Square development for examples of what the apartments of tomorrow will resemble.
Segregating each room
Again, particularly if you have a family and young child, it can be difficult separating your work life from your personal life. If you live in a smaller apartment with only a few rooms then this shouldn’t be as much of an issue, but separating each room and cultivating your own office space will allow you to get away from the many different distractions the home can throw in the way of productivity. This should also help you to better keep track of how long you’re working for, and when to take breaks.
Using smart technology
Not only is introducing smart technology into your home a way to make it look cooler and impress visiting friends and family, but getting into a routine of automation will make your life a hell of a lot easier, allowing you to focus on the work that’s most important.
Got a business call or meeting at a specific time, and need a reminder? Do you want to set a routine to get yourself up and ready for each day consistently? Many of these devices can be programmed to sync up with each other, giving you alerts and vocal reminders when necessary, and even turning on your other electronics to help you stay on track.