A short while ago someone made the comment to me that she could never work from home as she would find it boring. Asking questions made me realize that what she would find boring is not being able to interact with people of a regular basis.
Many people love working alone. Others hate it! They miss the rapport with co-workers, the watercooler chit-chats and jokes, and face-to-face interactions with people. Depending on the type of business you’re pursuing, you may not necessarily have regular interaction with people face-to-face and on a one-on-one basis.
If you work with clients/customers mainly on the telephone, why not arrange to meet them in person from time to time? If there are networking events in your area, why not make arrangements so you can attend one or two each month?
Online forums in your niche are great places to interact with like-minded people. Over the past 16 days over 200 people have become part of a 30-day blog challenge (#blog30 on Twitter) and it has been interesting to see the level of interaction and support among participants as we visit each others blogs, leave comments, and promote each other on the social networks.
Perhaps like me, your spiritual activities also allow you to interact with another level of like-minded people. When it’s all added together I never have time to be bored and feel isolated, but this is not the case with some persons.
How about you? If you work from home, do you feel isolated, and how do you deal with isolation? Please share your thoughts in the Comments.