How to Manage Career Development While Working For Yourself

It can be difficult to manage working from home or being self-employed. There are plenty of distractions to deal with, and no co-workers or managers to keep your self-discipline going. Here are some tips on how to manage personal development while working for yourself.

Maintain a Morning Routine

Try to get to your desk and working at the same time you would in the office. If you can’t do it by yourself, then you’ll never develop. If you don’t feel confident that you can start work at the same time each day, then try waking up a little earlier to get everything done and ready on time.

Try to keep evenings simple so that you can get to bed on time and wake up on time. There’s no harm in using the evening to prepare for the next day every so often, though. Get everything ready, and you have one less thing to worry about in the morning.

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Tips to Manage the Work/Life Balance

Don’t Set Unrealistic Schedule Expectations
Don’t set a work meeting for 3 PM if you know you’ll be on the school run at that time. Schedule it for an hour later instead and make sure the kids are comfortable with a snack or watching the TV so they won’t bother you.

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Divide Your Time

Being able to maintain a healthy work/life balance is vital, especially when you work from home. Try to separate who you are when working from who you are at home. Your children will want you around to help with homework or talk about their day, so be there for them.

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Keep Things As Simple as Possible

Take shortcuts and keep things simple when you can. One thing to consider would be not having a proper lunch break. Get something from the kitchen instead. This helps you to avoid some of the temptations found in both the office and home, such as being tempted to take regular tea breaks and have a chat in the kitchen.

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Tips for Career Development and Training

Working from home sounds like a dream come true. However, it can make it challenging to stay on top of training and personal/career development. You have to keep up with all the latest developments yourself, and you have to motivate yourself to grow.

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Use Online Training

There are plenty of great online organizations that can help you with personal development. These websites are fantastic resources for personal and career development courses. Even staying connected and building a network on social media can help to keep up with all the latest developments.

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Make Public Appearances

If you know a conference or event is going on in your industry, then why not go? These events can teach you a lot about your industry and are also a great way to connect and network with big players. It’s less challenging than you might think to attend these events. It will take more effort than meeting co-workers for drinks after work, but less than if you were to organize an event yourself.

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Appreciate Opportunities

Working from home affords you a lot of great opportunities. Keep an eye out for them, and take advantage of them when you see them.

Freelance graphic designer; I've been working from home since I left University 12 years ago.

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