5 Reasons a Freelancer Should Get Out the Bedroom

Having your own creative space that you can add to or remove from as you wish, makes your creativity overflow in heaps and bounds. Being a freelancer you generally start out in your bedroom at home or your study. However, once work picks up you don’t find as much time for your social activities as you use to. The reason for this is your social and work life flow together.

I am sure that if you have a huge amount of self control you will be able to get up from your desk at 5pm everyday and not return to it until the next morning. Let’s face it, most people don’t have that sort of self discipline and the only way you will be able to get them away from there work is to either lure them out with food, or lock the computer away for good.

Everyone thinks freelancers do what they want, when they want. This statement is true to a certain extent, freelancers do however work much more than a normal employee would. My goal with this article is to tell you why you need a separate office or room to do your work from.

1. Get out of the bedroom

Sure this statement could be used in quite a few different situations, but I’m referring to getting your workspace out of your room, nothing else people. It isn’t healthy sleeping and working in the exact same place day in and day out. You might be wondering why you are getting so frustrated or having a creative block, well looking at the same four walls for the past 3 years might be a good place to start.

2. Decide between another room in the house or commercial office space.

If you are a freelancer that can’t afford commercial office space, clean out a extra room in your house and turn it into your personal office. Make sure that the room has a door that you can lock in the evenings and on weekends. If you can afford commercial office space, I highly recommend you leasing some space. This won’t only show your clients that you are serious about business, but separate your work and social life by a few miles. Even your business cards will have a commercial address on them for clients to come see you straight off the street. You can leave your work problems at the office and your personal problems at home. You will be surprised how much more work you get done being in a different environment.

3. Distractions play a big role

Look, there is no problem working from your bedroom, if you have been doing so for the past few years and have been making a decent living off it, then I say well done. A lot of people struggle getting work done in their bedroom though. The main reason for this is because of all the distractions that surround you. The bedroom is a place of rest, relaxation and for spending quality time with your wife or husband. These things can have an effect on your day to day work.

4. You are creative aren’t you? So show it!

You are a designer, but your office looks like Aunt Lilly’s kitchen. Come on, use your creativeness and turn it your a creative pad. Get some vinyls you designed for the walls, add some painting that you had framed, bring in a plant or two, add a leather couch. I’m just stating some things off my head, but you are free to do with the office what you want as long as it represents you as a writer, designer, photographer or even a freelance hippie.

5. Do the thing that works for you.

All the above mentioned things differ from person to person, maybe you love working out of your room, maybe you can’t afford doing it another way, do what works for you as a freelancer. You might look around and see all these fancy offices and work spaces, but it comes down to what you prefer.

Jacques is an Entrepreneur and Founder of the An1ken Group. He recently launched a daily vlog on Youtube — JacquesvhTV. He started Creativeoverflow in 2009 as a hub for creatives. Connect with him: Jacquesvh.com - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

6 Comments
  1. Reply LEDs Lights March 10, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Hello Jacques, I applied it in myself and it was great in experience.. .

  2. Reply Joshua Chase March 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    I think it is incredibly difficult to be creative when you are looking at the same walls all the time. I often find it a huge advantage to just change the view by going outside, hitting a local coffee shop, anything, just get out! :) Great article.

  3. Reply Rent Offices March 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    whatever you’re doing and wherever you work, you must never forget about the fact that the human is a social being and we always need to interact with different people. This is why I changed my freelance job into outdoors in order not to become as fat as pig and also meet lot’s of professionals which share ideas with me.

  4. Reply OC Wedding Photographer March 30, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    It takes a lot of discipline to work at home … The bed, large screen TV, freezer, food, all temptations … I totally agree that freelancers should get out of the house not only the bedroom … Great article :)

  5. Reply Brett Widmann May 18, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Getting a change of scenery can bring about new inspiration!

  6. Reply Brushd! Creative Portfolios September 21, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    I know how hard it can be to draw a line between work time and home time, especially when the office is only a door away. Getting out of your home office, or even implementing a “closing time” by having a non-work computer in another room—so you have no excuse to go back in—does wonders for your productivity too!

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