Want to Work From Home? Check In With Your Needs

A majority-freelance economy is coming — in less than 10 years, if estimates are correct. More and more workers are striking out on their own, for a wide variety of reasons. Whether you've planned it all along or a layoff has forced your hand, going freelance isn't as simple as using your laptop in your PJs. It takes some self-reflection, followed by dedicated planning.

For the more than 1 in 5 American adults who work from home at least part of the time, mental health plays a big role in how you structure your home office and time. Ask yourself what you get from being around co-workers in an environment dedicated to work. If you find yourself foundering without that, consider seeking out a co-working space or a good coffee shop. You'll also want to look at your boundaries, especially when it comes to non-work activities. The freedom to schedule your own day can easily morph into "errands and chill time until the very last minute, when the deadlines start to loom."

Working from home can also make you more frantic, if you're not careful. Let yourself off the hook for not being productive every second of every single day. No human person works like that, not even in an office. Create clear boundaries both around your time and the physical space where you do your work. The more you're able to support your professional self during the hours you designate as freelance time, the more you set up yourself (and your business) for success.