Are you starting to feel isolated working from home? This is very common, especially if you are accustomed to going into an office every day. When you’re used to having coffee every morning with your co-workers and having people ask you about your weekend, your kids, etc., it can be a shock to the system to realize that a whole day can go by without speaking to anyone!
One of the things I love about working from home is when I’m not with clients, I can wear whatever I’m comfortable in. But if I’ve been home too many days in a row and there are no clients booked in the near future, there’s nothing like getting dressed up, putting on makeup and going out to help me feel like I still work!
Home staging will not keep you busy 5 days a week all year, even when you are well established. So, what do you do when the phone isn’t ringing off the hook? How do you deal with feeling isolated and like no one is ever going to call?
Find ways to get out of the house and connect with people, in other words TAKE ACTION.
For example, check the local paper and see if there are any group meetings that you can attend. Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce is holding an event? Are there any small business groups in your area? Consider taking a seminar that will increase your business skills and provide an opportunity to meet potential clients at the same time. Helpful topics include: marketing, selling skills, how to use a particular software program, small business accounting, time managment, business writing, presentation skills, etc.
If you read my previous article, Home Stagers are Hot, you’ve already picked up some tips about how to leverage your time at networking events by using the fact that you’re in a relatively “new” business, and then turn this into new business opportunities.
When I’m in a slow week, and especially if I’m not feeling like talking to people, I spend the day in a big bookstore pouring over interior design and color books. It feeds my creative soul, gives me new ideas for my business and brightens my spirits. And if I’m careful and don’t get caught up in actually buying all these beautiful books, it costs me nothing.
If you want to see some of the inspiring books I have brought home on such excursions, check these out!
These are just two of the many “survival strategies for being your own boss” that I share in course 1 of the Staging Diva Training Program.
You can also get ideas like these to help build your business in the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Booster eCourse (a 21 week program sent to you by email for only $40). That’s a sample of it shown in the image above in this article.
If you’re feeling isolated or like your business is going nowhere, get out there and go to an event and connect with people. More people will learn about you and what you do, and you may even find a new client!
And more importantly, enjoy the lull in the action by remembering that it only takes one or two projects to make all the money you need for a month. So don’t get discouraged during the slower weeks. It all balances out in the end, as long as you stay motivated and keep your business moving forward!
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