Freelancers and other Home-Office People--what're your strategies?

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    Oct 13, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    Although I've freelanced before and am a bit used to the process of working from home, my current job is becoming entirely 100% home-based as my boss is moving and not renewing the lease at his office.

    Working at home can be great, but I'm still not the best at being able to keep my home working hours regular as well as keeping myself free of distractions.

    What sort of strategies have some of you tried? One thing I always be sure is to take a shower and get ready for the day, usually putting on a pair of nice pants and at least a polo (can't imagine trying to get any work done in my PJs!).

    I go to nearby coffee shops when I can but that's already starting to get a bit boring . .
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    Oct 13, 2009 8:54 PM GMT
    "Regular" hours? I have to force myself to stop at 1900 or 2000 and take some rest. And since I'm on the west coast, those east coast customers are so helpful at starting my day - the phone starts ringing around 0500.

    Maybe it helps that my office and workshop are physically separated from the rest of the house. I don't actually spend time in the house during the day. "Dressing up" involves putting on some cargo shorts (I need the pockets), otherwise I might work in briefs all day. It is handy having the gym at hand - some days I write a report, lift a set, write a report, lift a set...

    At first, it was hard to convince the rest of my family that even though I was home, I was "at work" and they needed to leave me alone. Dad never did figure it out and would drop in for a visit or ask me to go do something for him every time I was on deadline.