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How to manage the solitude of your solo business

Loneliness is productive and good for solo entrepreneurs. You get a lot done when you work by yourself. But it's inevitable that there will be periods when the engine stutters and you might feel completely isolated. It's quite natural, of course.

Here are tips on how to handle loneliness as a solo entrepreneur:

1. Get a network of partners where you can help each other with jobs and support.

2. Get away from your desk or work place – perhaps you can handle some things from a café or somewhere where there are people around. Just the feeling of being amongst others often lightens up the feeling of loneliness.

3. Join your local business network. There are plenty of other business owners who understand your thoughts and share your work.

4. Start your own network of business owners who meet once a month and just talk under pleasant relaxed circumstances.

5. Subscribe to a newsletter directed at you - join the forum for your industry and discuss industry issues and solutions with others.

6. Keep up with events that are natural resources for other people to get information about their jobs. Subscribe to the newspapers, listen to the radio, attend to seminars and educate yourself on a regular basis.

7. Turn your workplace into a place that reflects your accomplishments. Frame letters from satisfied customers and have pictures of your ads on your walls. The important thing is that you create reminders that you can actually achieve things just like everyone else (probably more).

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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