Why Working for Yourself from Home Is Perfect for Introverts and HSPs
As an introverted person, I feel I do my best when I’m left alone to do the work. No boss hovering over me micromanaging, wanting to show me “another way” to do something. No clocks to punch. No ridiculously short period of time for lunch, etc... You get the picture.
The workplace can overwhelm those who do not follow the crowd. Even small offices come with a plethora of distractions, from coworkers who interrupt for no good reason to phones that must be answered.
I’ve been self-employed for almost twenty years as a freelance graphic designer and copywriter. I’m free to stop and start when I want and it’s my choice whether to take the call or let it go to voicemail.
Sounds great, right?
While I may not have a boss, I have many clients to satisfy. Work-place stress is still a concern, but now the struggle comes from within. Introverts and highly sensitive people feel fulfilled when others are happy. Trying to please everyone can lead to burnout and poor work performance. To be successful working for yourself, it helps to get comfortable saying no, and setting reasonable boundaries around your space and time, especially if others live in the house with you.
So why is working from home perfect for introverts and HSPs?
● Introverts like to take extra time to process thoughts and ideas, working on one thing at a time. This is kind of hard to do in a busy environment where multi-tasking and getting things done quickly is a priority.
● Sensitive, reflective people are naturally good listeners. This can cause distractions in a group setting because “good listeners” attract others who constantly feel the need to share personal news or problems.
● Contemplative types are more observant, which makes them better at forming deeper meaningful insights, but in a business meeting their input often gets overshadowed by more outgoing colleagues.
● Working from home allows the advantage of networking on-line, reducing the pressure of spontaneous conversation. Since introverts and HSPs prefer getting to know people before sharing, in person networking can be awkward and unproductive.
● The solitary space of a home office permits time to have focused interactions with team members in order to learn their strengths and skills. Even though introverts may prefer working alone, they make great team players.
Should you work from home?
If you are a self-starter, take pride in your work, are creative, intelligent, and aware, let your inherent inner resources guide you. You know you are at your best and happiest when you are left alone to think, explore ideas, and be the outstanding independent resource that businesses value. Your job can bring meaning and purpose to your life and provide you with more than just a paycheck.