19 Feb 3 Ways You Can Avoid Loneliness As An Entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur can be great. You can work from home, from bed or in your pyjamas if you want to. You set your own schedule, spend your time doing something you love and get to see it succeed. And you get to be in absolute control of what you do, and what you don’t – a luxury most employed people just don’t get. But it can also be pretty lonely, and it’s all too easy to work a full day or even week, and only realise you’ve not spoken to another human being when you start having a rather one-sided conversation with the dog.
You see, for all the benefits the entrepreneurial life gives you, it also takes a lot away. You know, those nice cushy bits of the 9-5 like having people always around to talk to, a manager to tell you what to work on, and let’s be honest, you’d kind of miss ‘Treat Tuesdays’. And while you could work in your pyjamas and have ‘Treat Tuesday’ all by yourself, it’s just not the same. But fear not! You’re not condemned to loneliness forever. You just need to learn how to cure and avoid it.
Use Co-Working Spaces
If we were writing this article a few years ago, this section wouldn’t even exist. But with the rise of the independent business owner, co-working spaces have been popping up all over the place to offer refuge to the lonely entrepreneur. A co-working space is essentially a large office space or even whole buildings that are filled with desks, workstations, group office space, coffee stations and meeting rooms, all of which can be rented out on a monthly, daily or even hourly basis by anyone with a bank account. They’re the perfect way for an entrepreneur to reclaim a sense of balance in their life by going to an office, need a bit of structure or just fewer distractions in their day. It’s also a great way to meet other local business owners and get some community support. You can go along every day, or just drop in when you need a bit of space and some human conversations. Most co-working spaces will provide you with business amenities like printer’s scanners, photocopiers, desks and relaxed mingling spaces, which means it beats working from a coffee shop hands down!
Go To Networking Events
There is no better cure for loneliness than meeting people face to face. Granted, that means you might actually have to leave the house once in a while (sorry about that), but it can be the perfect antidote to stop you going stir crazy and get the creative juices flowing again. It’s not as hard as you might think to find a networking group to try out either. With a quick Google search, you can find hundreds of networking events in your area covering every price band, time of day and focus you could want. So, it’s as simple as choosing an event you like the look of, putting on your going-out clothes (unfortunately most groups frown on pyjamas) and going along! Networking events are a great way to promote your business, make new connections and get out of the office for a few hours. These groups often form the hub of your local entrepreneurial community – a group for people who understand what you’re feeling, what your struggles are and want to help. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is the perfect way to make some new friends, and improve your business. And if nothing else, it means you talk to someone other than the dog that day, which is always a plus!
Work Regular Hours and Include Breaks
Working on your own doesn’t just isolate you during the day – being an entrepreneur can also take its toll on the rest of your time too. When you know you’ve got a lot on it’s very easy to get up, make a coffee and then sit at your desk for 10 straight hours without a break – especially if you work along at home, without other people knocking on your door and asking you to lunch.
But it can be equally easy to throw the whole schedule out of the window, sleep in late and work from early afternoon until past midnight. This might work for a small number of people, but for most of us humans it’s a one-way ticket to burnout city. It also robs you of time you could be spending with your family and friends, when they are home from their 9-5 jobs and want to spend time with you. So don’t be stupid – try and keep some semblance of a workday routine, with regular times to be at your desk, proper lunch and comfort breaks and a regular stop time. This will help you keep on the same schedule as your friends and family, so you can enjoy a healthy social life.
Of course, sometimes it can be difficult to handle everything you need to do and fit everything in. That’s where we can help. At Starfish Admin Services, we provide fully accredited outsourced VA and admin support, freeing up your time to do more of what you love. We’re also a friendly face, always at the end of the phone or happy to meet up for coffee and beat the loneliness of entrepreneurship. For more information, or to arrange your cup of coffee, just get in touch with us today.