If you’re lucky enough to work for yourself or just work from home you have more than likely been congratulated and told time and time again how lucky you are. Working from home definitely has its perks. You can work from your couch or stay in your pyjamas the whole day if you fancy. While initially exciting the novelty may start to wear off and you may feel like something is missing.
The human element is what’s missing. You will miss the connections that so often people make with co-workers. These co-workers often become very near and dear friends. Making friends as an adult can be difficult. Often the office is the first place you will look for friends. But without an actual office and co-workers you may start to feel lonely. Luckily you are not alone as many people now work from home or for themselves. This means that there are more people like you out there than you think. These are the best ways to make friends when you work from home.
If you’re tired of your home office and wold like a bit of company then why not try renting a co-working space. There are many co-working spaces located all over cities and it is easy to find one that suits both you and your budget. The great thing about a co-working space is that you will be surrounded by like-minded individuals. This already sets you in good stead when trying to make friends. Get to know some of the others sharing the co-working space and have coffee and lunch together. This way you can make “work friends” even though you work for yourself. Another great positive aspect of a co-working environment is that you are forced to go to work. You are paying for the space and so it would be a waste not to utilise it to its fullest. You may even be more productive as you see others working hard around you.
Get Out Of The House
If you really like your working space at home and don’t want to pay for a co-working space then that’s okay. But in order to make friends you need to make some effort. Try and head to a coffee shop at least twice a week. Here you will start to see familiar faces after a while. You could even strike up a friendship with the barista. Tell them what you do and they may know of other people in the same line of work as you. This is particularly great for introverts , because as introverts you may be too shy to strike up a conversation with the person next to you. Getting out of the house is also a great way to break up the monotony of the day. Being inside your own head the whole day can be a bit overwhelming and it is good to speak to other people. Even if your interaction with other people is just a smile or as simple as ordering for your waiter. It is important to have human contact and not just isolate yourself. I find that it is very easy to get wrapped up in work and forget about the outside world. But as soon as I head out to my favourite local cafe I instantly feel better.
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Attend Industry Events
This seems like a pretty obvious one if you’re looking to make new friends. It’s great to attend events specifically in your niche, but why not broaden your horizons and attend events hosted by another industry. If you like art or food try and find out where these industry professionals hang out and try and make friends that way. It’s always interesting to meet and learn about new people. If you work remotely for your company then try and get in contact with others who do the same thing as you do for the company. You could contact HR and see if there are any groups available. If not, set up a group yourself.
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No matter how engrained social media is in our lives, it can still somewhat be isolating. It’s so easy to live vicariously through others whilst lounging in our pyjamas on the couch. We all have a couple people on various social platforms whose posts we always like or comment on. Why not send them a message about an article you think they would like or appreciate. Building a friendship online involves a little more effort than just liking a picture or post. Luckily there are various apps that make finding friends online a whole lot easier.
Bumble Bff, Friender and Hey!Vina are great apps that will help you make friends from the comfort of your own home. It’s reassuring to see that there are many women in the same position as you.There are thousands of people who now work remotely, so you are bound to find lasting friendships via these apps.
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Pursue Your Hobbies
If you’re really looking to meet like minded people then you should look for people who have the same interests as you do. At times it may be difficult to steal your eyes away form your laptop screen. But think about what will get you out the door away from your laptop? Whatever it is try and find group classes or activities. If you like cooking then join a cooking class or are looking to get fit then join a fitness class. The important thing is that the activity is group based so that you have the opportunity to meet more people at once. If you don’t enjoy sweating it up in a class then head to an online fitness community. Kayla Itsines and Tone It Up have a large community of followers and there are regularly meet ups all over the world.