The task of a solopreneur is a tough one. One has to spend hours working with themselves with nobody to share insights or catch a break with. You could be a person who likes to work alone; nevertheless, loneliness can sometimes affect your decision-making abilities.
There have been reports that prove that loneliness can have a drastic effect on your life, as much as obesity and smoking. So, next time you find yourself feeling lonely, use these four tactics to get over it:
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Involve in online groups and communities
According to studies, people who are a part of a community tend to live a purposeful and secure life. As a solopreneur, what one can do is participate in online groups and communities to have more connections. Talking to people, even though it is through a computer screen, is way better than not participating in communication with anyone for days.
When you join online professional groups, you will also be treated with insights and advice for your solopreneur journey. If you are into web designing business, you can join Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook groups that specifically discuss web designing. The group, having large members of like-minded people, will help you sort your business issues as well as cure your loneliness.
Work outside of your home
If you work from home every day, you might find yourself feeling lonely. Working outside of your home will help you meet and interact with new people and change the scenery for you. Try going to a coffee shop, a public library, or a cafe to conduct your business. If you want something for the long term, invest in a coworking space.
Coworking spaces are filled with solopreneurs and freelancers from a variety of backgrounds. Working in an environment filled with like-minded and motivated people will help you gain new confidence to further your business as well as make you a part of a close-knitted community.
Attend conference and networking events
Attending conferences and networking events bring you together with other professionals in your industry. Becoming a part of the discussion carried out by motivated solopreneurs such as yourself will help you regain confidence in yourself and your business.
To attend such events, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on travelling. Your city itself must have a lot of events happening around. You can check out the local Chamber of Commerce or Small Business Development Centre to know about local events. If there are no events, start your own, and who knows you might be helping the lonely solopreneurs of your area.
Use your interest and hobbies to connect
To connect with other people, you don’t always need business. Some of the best ways to connect to people are to share your interest and hobbies with them. If you are interested in fitness, you can join a gym. Like to paint? Join the painting class. Like reading? Join a book club.
Use your hobbies and interests to connect to people instead of always talking about your business. Studies have found that when you participate in leisure activities, your positive mood enhances, and your stress level falls.