WHEN I QUIT MY OFFICE JOB IN 2014, people gave me advice about working from home: “Dress up like you’re going to work each day,” an uncle told me. “This will keep you from getting into the mindset that this isn’t a job.”
The first day I worked from home, I woke up early, got in the shower, put on deodorant, some khakis, and a button-down shirt. I sat in my chair, computer on lap, for about 10 minutes before I thought, “fuuuuuuck this.” I whipped off the pants and spent the rest of the day — and the following two years — working almost exclusively in my underwear and a t-shirt.
The advice you get when you decide to join the freelance economy is usually way off base. I didn’t get a single piece of good advice early on in this portion of my career. So I’d like to offer some tips for people who are considering quitting “the rat race” and working from home.