“I don’t know how you do what you do.”
I’ve been told this many times, not really because what I do is difficult but because I don’t have a boss telling me to work.
See, so many people think working for yourself means you just have all this energy and focus to get things done. But, even more than that people say they would go crazy not having other people to talk to.
So, here is how I get to see people on a regular basis and work from home.
Don’t Work From Home
Coffee shops have become a favorite place for many to work. Sometimes you just have to go to where everybody knows you’re name.
Wait, no, that’s not the same thing, that’s a TV show. But, it actually can work for you if you want to be around other people who are like-minded.
Who works at a coffee shop? Other people who also work for themselves or work from home. Picking a coffee shop near you and going their regularly you’ll get to know not just the people that work there but also the people who also frequent the place.
Second, you could find a coworking space near you. A coworking space is exactly as it sounds. A bunch of people who work from home pay a fee and are able to work together in the same space.
A lot of times you go into one of those and you don’t talk to anyone, other times you run into a bunch of people and they all love talking about what they do.
Meet Friends And Family For Lunch
One of the best parts of working from home is lunch. When I worked at a regular 9 to 5 I ordered out way too much, and now that I work for myself from home, I still order out way too much.
But, now I can actually spend time and enjoy my food. I don’t have to eat it quickly so I can get back to work. Not only can I chew my food, but I can have other people around me while I do it.
I can meet a friend I haven’t seen for a while for lunch, or I could have them over for lunch.
I can take my wife out to a nice lunch date in the middle of the day.
Another reason this is so good is the lunch menus most everyone has.
The prices are cheaper, for about the same amount of food, and the restaurant is typically less packed so you don’t feel rushed to get out so the line of people waiting to get in has a seat.
Have A Side Hustle
For me, rideshare driving is a huge plus because I’m constantly around people AND I’m getting paid. You couldn’t ask for a better reason to do something.
But, what if you don’t have a license or a car, or you don’t want to be around people in your car?
You could get a part-time job that lets you see people, even if it’s just once a week.
You could create a side hustle that you have to talk to people, maybe your trying to sell a service or product and the only way to do it is by speaking to people.
The amount of money you make from the side hustle isn’t even that important if you’re really just trying to be around people more often.
Use Social Media, But Not Too Much
If none of the other ideas work, social media can be your best friend. It isn’t ideal, because you’re still alone just talking to people online, but I’ve made some great relationships this way that have turned into friendships and at times businesses.
My only caution here is don’t let using social media take you away from your work. It’s fun to be on there for a bit, but next thing you know you can’t get any work done because you’re checking every single notification that comes in.