I have been blogging for five years now. One year into the blog, I registered as self-employed and turned my hobby into a part-time job. And for the most part, I enjoy working from home. There is a flexibility which means that I can work while the kids are at school, or in the evenings on busy days. It also means I can take a week off here and there when life gets overwhelming. But for all the benefits, it can be lonely.
I sometimes miss being in an office full of people. I miss chats while the kettle is boiling, jokes over lunch and after-work drinks. And it turns out that I’m not alone. In September, Epson held a briefing at their EcoTank Pop-up shop in Covent Garden. Vicki Psarias, from Honest Mum, was there talking about homeworking. She noted that 48% of freelancers felt lonely, blaming a lack of social life as one of the main reasons. Epson put on their pop-up during September and October to give freelancers a place to go and work.
If you work from home, like me, there are a few things you can do to help ease the loneliness. Meet up with friends, even if it’s for a non-working lunch or walk. Grab your laptop and go to a local cafe – even if you’re there alone, it will be a nice change of scenery to work somewhere else. Network online or through a local group and find some people to collaborate with. I’ve been trying to meet up regularly with some local bloggers for a chat, and maybe one day we will get some work done.
A few weeks ago, Epson sent me their EcoTank inkjet 2650 printer for my home office. Everyone wants one of those £50 printers, but then we curse every time we have to buy the expensive ink cartridges. Well, Epson has made a printer that is not cheap but comes with two years worth of ink. Two years! So you can get a printer for about £150 and print to your heart’s content (that works out to 4,500 pages of black and 7,500 pages of colour).
And while I can work in the guest room/office, I am quite often to be found at the dining table or on the sofa. I can print contracts and briefs from a different room through the magic of Wi-Fi. And sometimes when I’m not working, I’m internet-shopping. And when I’m not doing that, I’m just looking at photos of the kids. And now I can print photos from the laptop or even my mobile. And since the printer is also a copier and scanner, I can copy and scan work documents as well as print cute photos of my family.
We were given a printer for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.