Running a business is rewarding, however, being at the top of the chain is a lonely place to sit. If you are running a small business your days may include being sat in an office alone. Loneliness is a common problem in the business world and whilst some people are “happy” alone, statistics show loneliness can impact our physical and mental health.
Here are 4 pointers to consider to avoid that lonely feeling.
1. Get face to face
The online world is a great place to stay connected, but it can offer a false sense of reality. Simply speaking to people via emails or on LinkedIn is not enough human interaction. Arrange face to face meetings with your network, set up lunch appointments or meet a friend to help combat those lonely days.
Co working office spaces are a great solution for entrepreneurs or small business owners. Working with others creates useful connections. Co working offers a variety of options and networking opportunities with like-minded people. However, if you are on a budget or in the start-up phase of your company, coffee shops and hotel lobby’s are an excellent alternative.
Outsourcing work gives you the chance to work with another company. Contacting your suppliers and working on projects together helps take the load off you and gives you the chance to work with someone to bounce new ideas on. Feeling less overwhelmed will help you feel less alone.
Attending networking events gives you the chance to meet new people. It is not always easy if you are lacking in confidence, yet these networking events bring people together in a natural way. Use it as an opportunity to get to know someone in your industry and build a community.
Working hard alone has it’s challenges, but once you find the right balance, you will achieve the results you need.
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