Freelancers tend to be regarded by their salaried friends and family with a combination of equal parts awe and envy. To some it must seem like our lives are idyllic and untroubled. While it’s true that being relieved of the stress of commuting to and from work; navigating busy buses and trains, crowded sidewalks and the unceasing assault of rush hour traffic can be liberating, freelancing is not the utopia that others assume it to be. Many freelancers begin their careers working from home out of a dedicated office space. This is a great step in the right direction as a dedicated work space can help you to compartmentalize your life and give us a sense of being at work, thereby keeping us productive. Nonetheless, some freelancers reach a point at which they realize that working from home simply isn’t right for them. If you notice any of these telltale signs, you may work better with a change of scenery. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you need to fork out for expensive office space. Just consider switching to hot desking instead…

You start to feel lonely and / or depressed

Some people thrive while working from home as it insulates them from the distractions and politics caused by co-workers. If, however, you’re the kind of person who needs to be around other people for the benefit of their mental health, working from home may not be the best environment for you to thrive. Some people work better, and feel better when they are around other people and simply relocating your operations to somewhere public like a library can help.

You’ve noticed a lot of stuff that needs doing around the house

No home is perfect, but if you’ve spent the past few weeks building up an exhaustive inventory of stuff that needs doing around the home, you likely haven’t been using your working hours all that productively. If your significant other comes home to find that the bathroom has been scrubbed clean, their underwear drawer has been arranged in color order, a shortlist of plumbing companies has been drawn up to take a look at the blocked bathroom sink and there’s a voicemail message on the phone asking you to contact regarding your quote to have your driveway resurfaced… They’re likely to end up throwing you out of the house. This is a sign that your attention has been allowed to wander a little too far.

You’re always struggling to get everything done by the end of the day

Every freelancer grapples with deadlines from time to time, but if you’re constantly struggling to get your daily duties wrapped up in time to get the kids off to bed, that’s a sign that something is very wrong. Perhaps you’re struggling to keep regular and consistent hours without the benefit of a workplace or maybe the home environment just offers up too many distractions for you. Whatever the cause, it’s likely that the growth of your freelance career will continue to be stunted so long as you continue to work from home.