So you’ve landed the dream job. You get paid to work from home! Waking up 5 mins before you need to turn on your computer and start working…no problem. For those who have wasted hours of their lives sitting in traffic or are constantly distracted by people surrounding their desk, working from home is a wonderful alternative.
The downside to working from home for a lot of folks is the loneliness that can set in. Even extreme introverts need human interaction sometimes. Multiple days with no one but you and the computer can become difficult. You might start feeling like you’re going a little crazy.
Here are some ideas on how to stay sane while working from home.
Facebook Social Groups
No, we’re not saying that just chatting with random strangers on social media is the answer. But there are social groups that have been created to help people connect with others in their local areas. Whether it’s to plan a group outing to a fun event or find someone to grab a drink with, members use the group to help facilitate meetings in real life. The vibe is generally very casual and you attend the activities you can. Very low pressure!
Meetups have been around for quite some time and they are great if you have a particular interest you’re looking to continue to pursue or if you like certain social activities. Meetups are an easy way to meet people who have similar interests to you. This commonality makes it much easier to strike up a conversation and form relationships. Like Facebook Social Groups, there’s a low commitment and you’ll probably meet someone new at every meeting.
If you love working from home, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend joining a coworking space, but coworking spaces hold events that they create for their members and local community. Sometimes, in order to attend, becoming a member is necessary, but sometimes you can attend as a guest. Pop in for a tour and easily find out. Some coworking spaces have lighter programs for those that only really want the social aspect without the space commitment. At 3411, we have a light membership program for those who would like to work outside of their home a few times a month and would like to attend our social events for free! This is great for networking and just meeting others that are working in similar situations. If you compare the cost of grabbing a coffee at Starbucks a few times a week, it’s a pretty good deal!
Local Chamber of Commerce
Check to see if your local Chamber of Commerce has events. One of the roles of your Chamber of Commerce is to help small businesses and individuals in the area connect with each other and to their community. The one 3411 belongs to has multiple networking events after hours and early morning talks with interesting business and city individuals. Joining your Chamber of Commerce is also a great opportunity to network.
As you can see, there’s plenty of opportunity to be social, even when you work alone at home. But it will take a little bit of effort.
Do you work from home or are you thinking about it? How do you plan on staying social?