The other day I made an off-handed remark on Twitter that, for some reason, whenever I work from home, it becomes expected that I’m available to pick up odd jobs for family and friends. On one occasion I was out from 10am until 4pm running errands including dropping off documents to my parents’ solicitor, taking Milo for a groom, picking up groceries for Dad, buying medicine for Harvey, taking Mum’s car for a service (and picking it up)…
It wasn’t conducive at all to a productive working day and somehow, it’s impossible for anybody to grasp that when you work from home, you work. From home.
And with a huge influx daily of people moving to freelance careers, I thought it’d be fun and useful to share a post all about the things I do when working from home.
8 Things I Do When Working from Home
Client work: Of course what a work-from-home day be without the work?! By day I write and edit copy and produce and plan editorial content for big-name brands. My desk hours are pretty varied, which I love. On desk days I can be found conjuring up content ideas to fit into bigger marketing activity, planning content collateral and supporting social media (although I don’t work in social media anymore), writing digital copy for clients, editing copy from clients’ in-house writers, joining conference calls with clients to plot out future activity, embarking on discovery calls with potential clients… I also sort out all of my own admin for the business and prep things for my accountant.
Go to Barre class and the gym: One of the best things about working from home is that you’re completely free to do things when you want to. I go to Barre class every Thursday morning which is a true luxury, and also pop to the gym three times a week during the day when it isn’t busy. Of course I then also ‘make up the hours’ on my own watch. I’d always much prefer to hit the gym during traditional work hours and make the most of it being quiet, than have an unproductive morning because I’m such a night owl.
Take Milo out and hang out with Dad: Another undoubted luxury of being able to work on my own terms is that I can give Milo, my dog, the best life possible and also spend more time with my retired Dad. Whenever possible, we’ll take Milo out to his favourite park or to the lake for a lengthy dog walk and it’s SO nice to be able to hang out with Dad. It’s these days I cherish — and will cherish — the most.
Report to my clients: Working from home isn’t all fun and games, though. One of the key things I do is report on analytics for my clients. Once a week and once a month, I produce in-depth reports on what’s working and what’s not so that we can build on existing content strategies for upcoming campaigns and activity. Secretly I adore this part of running my business.
Make fresh breakfasts and lunches: When I first went freelance, I knew I wanted to use the opportunity to really overhaul my lifestyle. Having spent several years commuting into busy, expensive cities, it’d really taken its toll on both my bank account and general health. Breakfast would be skipped or on the go; lunch would be hastily eaten at my desk and/or bought from shops. Taking the time to prepare fresh meals eaten on plates at a dining table has been great.
Blog and Instagram prep: I’m not a full-time blogger, but I’m lucky and grateful to be able to generate a small income from my online content. Alongside that, Daisybutter is my first baby and I really enjoy creating content for my platforms, so I prioritise it in my week. Usually on a Thursday morning and a Friday afternoon (when my clients are fairly quiet anyway!), I’ll squirrel away on writing new posts, responding to brand emails, planning upcoming posts, and shooting photos.
Journalling: For some reason, the word ‘journalling’ has become synonymous with relaxed, languid mornings writing down general musings and with a slow, scrapbook vibe. I try to journal every day or every other day, and by that I simply mean: I write a to-do list, update my finance trackers and check what’s upcoming in my diary. It helps me to stay on track across my life and helps to reset my fuzzy brain!
Pitching to potential clients and checking in with past clients: Lastly, I like to use slower periods of my working year to catch up with clients old and new. Once a quarter, I’ll pitch to potential clients or businesses I really want to work with. Although I’m lucky enough to have retainer clients, it’s always inspiring to onboard new ones. Failing that, I also check in with previous clients to see if there are any opportunities to pick back up with old projects.
I love how varied my WFH days are! Do you work from home? How are some of your working days set up?