There are various incredible benefits of working from home as a transcriptionist. For example, you can be more productive in the home environment when working at an hour that you want and in the clothes you prefer. Of course, you are also spared from office drama.
However, the perks that transcription jobs and other working from home opportunities come with one major tradeoff: decreased social interaction. Many people that work from home find it difficult to socialize and, hence, become introverts watching as life happens to them. However, this does not have to be the case.
If you are looking to start a career as a WAH professional, do not let the assumption of isolation kill your dream. While lack of socialization can be a potential downside of working from home, there are various ways of countering it.
Below are five tips that you can follow to improve your social life as a work-at-home mom (or dad).
Community Groups and Events
There are various community events that you can participate in to improve your social life as a WAH transcriptionist. From softball leagues to weekly cooking classes, participating in such activities will give you an opportunity to meet people with the same interests as you.
Find out about upcoming activities in your neighborhood and check whether you are interested in any of them. The local library and town hall notice boards are great sources of information about upcoming events.
If you are on Facebook, type “events near me” on the search bar area for results of upcoming events in your area that may tickle your fancy.
In this age of social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other instant messaging services, it is easier to stay connected with co-workers, family members, and other people that matter to you.
If you are employed as a transcriptionist by an outsourcing firm, you may be able to interact with other transcribers through the company’s private Facebook group or forums. If you are a freelance transcriber, you can make friends and interact with various people on a regular basis through social networking platforms.
You can also use applications like Skype to video-chat with your clients and colleagues, which will help you feel closer to them even though you may never have met in person.
Spending time in the outdoors is a great way of clearing your mind while socializing. You can go for walks in the park, jogs, or simply sit. If you are up for it, join a fitness class or running group of work-at-home professionals in your neighborhood.
And it doesn’t have to be running alone. There are tons of outdoor activities that you can engage in, which will improve your social life. Think of aerobic classes, Zumba classes, Salsa, music instruments lessons, and so on.
When doing transcription jobs from home, you are spending hours seated in front of your computer. Breaking the monotony by spending time outdoors will help not only to recharge your body but also stay in good health.
Another way in which you can incorporate socialization in your work from home schedule is by redefining relationships. At home, there is no office drama or chatter. Therefore, you have more time to think about the relationships you would like to cultivate. You can approach socialization in a more “planned” manner.
Yes, you may end up with fewer relationships when working from home. However, the relationships would be more high quality. We are talking about true friendships and relationships with a deeper meaning.
If you have been meaning to meet someone, use the freedom you have when working from home to make it a reality. For example, plan your work schedule to remain with free time when you can meet the people you would like to forge relationships with.
Working from home can lead to isolation if you are not active in “getting out there”. The freedom you have as a WAH transcriptionist comes with responsibilities. Many times, you will be working to meet tight deadlines. When you are transcribing content in your home office, and the only sounds you can hear are the keyboard keystrokes, you may wonder whether working from home is really worth it.
The good news is that you have the freedom to work from anywhere. Use this opportunity to build your social life. For example, break away from the monotony of working on transcription jobs from home once or twice a week to do your transcription at a co-working space or the local café. This way, you can meet other local professionals that work online or at home, who can enrich your social life.
Incorporating socialization in your life as a work from home professional is essential for your overall well-being, including your emotional health. By following some prudent tips, such as the ones mentioned above, you will not only be able to maintain a fine work-life balance but also cultivate enduring relationships that may last a life-time.
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Beth Worthy is the Director of Operations for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. GMR Transcription has worked with over 8,000 clients spanning myriad industries and prides itself on its customer service and quick turnaround time. Their services include audio transcription, video transcription, and digital transcription, as well as Spanish and Mandarin translation. Google +