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Meet the people who love working from home

Many people are getting their first taste of working from home at the moment, which can take some getting used to.

To find out why it can be a great thing, our reporter Oliver Kemp spoke to five people who already work from home and love it.

Lauren Hampshire

Lauren, of Grove Green, Maidstone, runs her business The Milky Tee Company, a clothing label for women who breastfeed.

Coming from the world of broadcasting, Lauren used to commute into London, sometimes suffering through a four-hour round trip.

Since launching the company from home two years ago, she now gets to manage her time better and spend more of it with her children.

She said: "Now I have never have that whole rush of trying to get to the train station, trying to drop my daughter off at nursery and then getting into London on time.

Lauren said she gets to spend more time with her children
Lauren said she gets to spend more time with her children

"I was missing a lot time with my with my first daughter, and now I feel like my kids will know that I've been around a lot of their early few years.

"My youngest is starting school in September, I'm really grateful that I got to spend so much of the first four years with her."

Lauren's business has a stock fulfilment centre in Sittingbourne which she sometimes works at, but for the most part her daily working life can be done sat on the sofa with her laptop.

The mum-of-two said:"Facebook, email, doing our promotions, contacting manufacturers.

"There's so much I can just do from home."

Competing in the European powerlifting championships in 2016
Competing in the European powerlifting championships in 2016

Matt Morsia

Being a YouTube star means spending a lot of time editing videos for audiences around the world.

Matt Morsia, creator of MattDoesFitness, has more than 1 million subscribers to his name.

Although he spends time out of the house filming content for his channel, many more hours are spent editing and tweaking each video in his family home in Hythe.

The 34-year-old said being at home means he can focus 100% on his work, without the distraction of co-workers.

Matt Morsia, wife Sarah and son Luca with a plaque sent by YouTube after he gained a million subscribers to his channel
Matt Morsia, wife Sarah and son Luca with a plaque sent by YouTube after he gained a million subscribers to his channel

He said: "I was a PE teacher previously and although I had a great time hanging out with my colleagues - they were really funny people - working in the office wasn't ideal because it was constant talking and banter.

"At home I can shut myself away and not have that, which is really helpful for productivity."

He also said taking breaks is more fulfilling because he can eat when he wants or spend time with his son Luca.

The fitness star said: "If I know it's going to be a massive edit, I'll do a big chunk then go and train, or make some food and hang out with Luca.

"I will always try and break my day up."

Lindsay putting her cat to work
Lindsay putting her cat to work

Lindsay Parsons

When she's not forcing her cat to do her work for her, Lindsay, of Fort Pitt, Chatham, is a webmaster for a publishing company in the construction industry.

For the past six months, Lindsay has spent three days a week working from home and two in the office.

Despite it taking some getting used to, she now loves the flexibility home working gives her.

She said: "Before you start take a walk around the park, or exercise at home - just give it a bit of separation before you start working."

Lindsay said working from home has become the norm for her
Lindsay said working from home has become the norm for her

Lindsay also said using video chats is a great tool to stop you feeling isolated from other people.

The 60-year-old said: "With the technology available now you can still have your nice face to face meetings and conference calls."

Although she enjoys the days she works from home, Lindsay also makes sure she keeps to a routine to stay productive.

She said: "It's so important to stick to those same routines and at the same times, like getting dressed for work and eating lunch.

"After all, you don't want to be caught in a conference video in your pyjamas."

Christina runs her PR agency from her home
Christina runs her PR agency from her home

Christina Bowden

Running your own PR agency can feel like a lot of plate spinning, with constant calls to make, emails to write and meetings to book.

Luckily for Christina, of West Hill, Dartford, she can do all of that from the comfort of her own home.

The 55-year-old left her job in London to set up her business, but at first it took some time getting used to her new routine.

She said: "I was apprehensive, but I took the decision that I wanted to change my life and the way I worked.

Christina doesn't miss having to travel to London
Christina doesn't miss having to travel to London

"For me, it was the best decision I ever made."

Her advice to people working from home for the first time is to be strict about how many hours you work.

For the first few months Christina found herself working for much longer than she would in an office.

She said: "Your body is used to being up and out at 7 o'clock for your commute, so it's tempting to say, 'well I might as well start work.'

"But if you do start early, you need to make sure you finish earlier in the evening."

Karen is a self-employed computer programmer
Karen is a self-employed computer programmer

Karen Horton

Not content with working inside the house, self-employed computer programmer Karen, of Dover Road, Sandwich, decided to build a dedicated work office in her garden.

To add to the communal garden working environment, her work-from-home husband built his own identical one too.

The 40-year-old said: "We're fortunate that we've got quite a long garden so both of them fit.

"I've got air-con and all the rest of it in there, I properly splashed out knowing I was going to do it."

Karen and her husband have matching garden offices
Karen and her husband have matching garden offices

Karen said having a completely separate space to the house means it feels like she is coming home after working.

She said: "It's very tempting to sit and have the TV on or do lots of other things, but it doesn't really help you because you'll never have that distinction between home and work.

"And I think that distinction is really important for mental health, for family life, and everything else."

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