NETWORKING / OCT. 25, 2014
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Top 5 Ways to Meet People When You Have a Work from Home Job

Working from home can make any professional feel like a recluse, a monk shunned away from society. As you complete your daily assignments, it’s just you, the radio or television and your cat. It can be lonely from time to time, but it doesn’t have to be because there are a wide variety of ways and outlets to connect you with other at-home professionals seeking human contact.

For an introvert, it can be a wonderful experience transitioning from the corporate head office to the comfortable den in their fortress of solitude. For an extrovert, however, it can ostensibly make them have feelings of apprehension, concern and lonesomeness – it’s quite possible those loud, obnoxious colleagues will be greatly missed.

Indeed, many are envious by the fact that you happen to work from home, but they may not envision the days of coffee, silence and loneliness that can come with this somewhat comfortable lifestyle.

If you wish to meet people at home when you have a work from home job then here are some every day tips to incorporate into your daily routine to curb your potential sadness, seclusion and solitude:

1. MeetUp

The website MeetUp is meant to connect individuals who live in the same city or neighborhood and happen to share similar hobbies and interests. There are numerous work from home MeetUp groups in cities all over the world. This can mean that if you and several others have a lunch break at 1 p.m. in the northeast side of your city then you can get together once a week for a bite to eat and social exchanges.

2. Forums

A simple Google or Bing search can list various work from home websites and forums, such as WAHM Forums and Work at Home Forum, which can allow these remote professionals to connect, discuss and share ideas. Although it isn’t an in-person gathering, it’s still better than zero contact to combat your loneliness. Perhaps this could also lead to in-person meetings.

3. Hangouts and Skype

Participating in video chats, whether it’s through Google Hangouts or Skype, can be the next best thing to meeting people in person. Indeed, these video sessions don’t have to be affiliated with work from home topics. Instead, they can be discussions on certain books, motion pictures, music, sports and politics – anything to get your mind off of work.

4. Comments Section

Although comments sections on news publications, blogs and websites can certainly be toxic environments, they can also be hubs for dialogue and exchanging of ideas. For instance, a CNN Money article regarding the Federal Reserve can be a venue to pontificate on monetary policy, quantitative easing, interest rates and exchange rates. For some work from home professionals, just conversing with someone else can be a reprieve from the hours of just you and your brain.

5. Blog

If you’re a work from home freelancer then it’s very much certain you have a blog that is maintained for professional reasons. However, if you wish to opine on today’s issues, what happened to you between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and how you’ll be going to the movie theater tonight, then launching a personal, anonymous blog can be a great step to curb isolation. Just airing your thoughts and grievances to the rest of the world can be a nepenthe for your woes.

Work from home can be an exciting adventure and a break from the hustle and bustle asphalt jungle. Unfortunately, this heaven on Earth can be someone’s downfall because of the exile from humanity. By following some of the aforementioned tips, you can solve these issues. Of course, if you’re the type of person who likes to be alone then just relish in the experience of working from home all by yourself.



Photo by David Martyn Hunt via Flickr.

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