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Solo entrepreneurs – what to do to avoid feeling lonely

Tips on working by yourself

It's nice to work for yourself. You can control your days (and in many cases nights) and plan the job anyway you want. You can make decisions and turn on a dime and avoid grinding meetings where everything that went great at the start mashes down into a grey blur because far too many people have to be part of the decision.

But I also know that there is a problem area that is common to almost everyone and the hardest thing about being solo, is that you lack a sounding board to get continous feedback from. So how do you keep in touch with the outside world, how do you find yourself a sounding board and keep your motivation alive when working solo?

Here are some suggestions for you if you're working by yourself:

1. Create collaborations with other solo business owners that complement your own line of work. You can meet and help each other, but also take care of projects where two people will be stronger than one.

2. Join a network. It can help you make business, but it's also a great way to make new contacts in general.

3. Take your laptop to a coffee shop. Just the feeling of getting out of the office can be very refreshing after a few days of solitude.

4. Invite someone to lunch. A friend or potential partner can be a great sounding board when you get stuck in something, even if they aren't experts in your field.

5. Bring a client or someone else to activities other than those that are business related. Go to a concert, a hockey game or something else unrelated to what the company does during office hours. Kick back a little!

6 Exercise. An hour's walk every day with someone is a pretty smart way to refresh your thoughts. Once you’ve started down this line, it's difficult to stop. Personally, I hired a personal trainer and now I work actively with weight training three days a week. Not to try to look like Brad Pitt, but to get away from my everyday chores.

7. Get a hobby where you have others around you, so that you can talk about anything besides work.

8. Sign up for a course and make sure that you get the same training your staff colleagues/competitors get.

The message is this – don't hide. It's easy to do even by accident and if it happens, you will eventually become “invisible” to the rest of the world and tired of your job.

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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