On an email group of which I’m involved, one of the members asked if there were any entrepreneurs out there who were feeling kind of alone and wanted to talk about the ups and downs of running a business solo. She soon found out she was definitely not the only one, because she had 20 people contact her with responses saying that they, too, felt the same way!
Working from home is terrific. You have a lot of freedom and a lot of flexibility, so you are able to attend business groups that allow you to network and talk socially with others. But as a solo entrepreneur, you often don’t have the time to do these ‘extras’. And when you do, and it’s hard to find others who are going through the same things you are – so many home business owners are simply dabbling, and companies that attend Chamber of Commerce and business network meetings are often small companies with brick and mortar shops. As a home based entrepreneur whose livelihood depends on her business, I often feel caught in the middle.
I’ve started looking at chat systems to add to my site, to give me more of a social business outlet. I’m also frequenting Meetups and networking events more often. Keeping that social continuity is so very important, not only for our well being, but also for brainstorming, learning new resources and networking locally.
I’d love to hear what others do to help keep them out of isolation!