Expert tips for working from home

A compendium of tips and resources about freeing yourself from the office.

In June 2014, new right to flexible working laws were introduced in the UK, declaring that all employees – who have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks – are eligible to request flexible working, including the option of working from home.

In fact, most recent figures now show that around 14 per cent of people in employment are working from home, highlighting the idea that it's increasingly becoming a viable and attractive alternative for businesses.

We've rounded up some of the best articles from Creative Bloq on working away from the office. So whether you're a freelancer or a staffer taking advantage of flexible working, you'll find plenty of top tips and expert advice. Enjoy...

01. 5 steps to working from home

Working from home

Making your own space is critical to working from home, no matter how tatty the wallpaper!

Working from home for many seems like a pipe dream, but with the right approach you can make it work for you and your clients. Mike Griggs shares some of his tips as a sometimes home based creative freelancer.

02. 10 tips for the work-at-home ninja

Tammy Coron has been working from home for more than 10 years. In this article, she shares some tips as to how you can make a successful go at it.

03. The 20 best tools for online collaboration

Flatsi.es

Share concepts with clients using Flatsies

These interactive, real-time collaboration tools make it easier to work from home, wherever in the world your colleages are. They come in all sort of forms, from free Android apps to Chrome extensions – here we bring the best together in one place.

04. Designers' desks for your inspiration

Chris Coyier's desk is one of 20 to take inspiration from

What should your home office look like? To give you inspiration and ideas, we invited 20 leading web designers from the UK and the US to give us an exclusive look into their offices, show us their desks and explain the setup.

05. 10 things nobody tells you about going freelance

Freelance convert Chris Phin gives an insight into going it alone – some of his observations may surprise you...

06. How to manage a team from home

The issue isn't "are you sitting next to each other?" It's "are you connected?"

Carl Smith of nGen Works examines how to ensure a healthy work culture when your colleagues are not physically in the same building as you.

07. Free ebook on home working

Get the best out of your working day with this free guide

Working from home could be the best decision you ever made professionally but it definitely comes with some difficulties. It can be hard to manage client expectations and there's plenty of excuses for procrastination. This free guide has pulled together some of the best resources to help you get the best out of yourself.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.