Freelancing: don’t be a hermit

Coffee and beer. Those two words seem to dominate my emails and texts; which one depends on who I’m talking to and what time of day it is. And it works a treat. There are good sides and bad sides to working from home – I was most afraid of cabin fever setting in: living and working within the same four walls was a scary prospect. However, for me, it works well. We have the studio set apart, and it’s quite a big place so people can come and work with me, and it feels like a whole new space. You avoid the commuting saga, which is a big plus, and I’m able to shoot, leave the set-up and come back to it the next day without being worried I’m making a mess or feeling the pressure to dismantle the set-up as soon as possible. That was what I really missed when I was in a shared studio.

In a shared space, however, you have people: it makes a huge difference and I miss the human contact. Having eight people around who you can always have a cup of tea and chat with is fantastic. Also, the separation between work and home-life when I was in a studio space was really good – being able to walk home and leave everything there until the morning was ace.

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