Entrepreneurs are unusual creatures. We work long hours, martyr ourselves to our mobiles, and throw ourselves headfirst into ventures that some wouldn’t dare to dream of. As such, it isn’t hard to see where the idea of the ‘lonely entrepreneur’ has come from, as millions of freelancers, contractors and start-up owners beaver away in their homes.
To help you make the most of your self-employed status and avoid isolation in your working (and personal) life, I’ve got a few tips on how to stay social, healthy and happy:
Grow Your Network
Networking is a great way to build your contact list, but if you set aside the primary goal of securing prospects, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to make friends in business.
When your close friends are in employment it’s easy to feel like the black sheep, so use business events to grow your network. Who knows, it could lead to referrals too, especially when you join a networking group such as a breakfast meet up!
Nothing boosts the spirit after a long day at the computer better than exercise; a fitness class is a stress-busting, social way to stay active throughout the week.
Take advantage of your self-employed status by attending daytime fitness classes, or head to a Park Run on a Saturday morning to start your day on the right foot. Leave your earphones at home, and you’re bound to meet like-minded individuals if you attend the same classes regularly.
Meet Your Clients
We live in a digital age, so it’s easy to grow your business without ever meeting the clients driving your venture forward. However precious your time may be, consider setting aside a few hours for meetings each week. Not only will it get you out of the house and interacting with like-minded people, it will also make your client relationships blossom – which can only be a good thing!
Working at home can be lonely at times. A change of scene can do wonders for your wellbeing, so consider mixing up your routine every now and again. Adapt to your energy levels – do you need a boost in the afternoon or morning? – and find a space that’s lively but relatively free from distractions. Co-working spaces are ideal for entrepreneurs if you want a dedicated, affordable place to work.
Prioritise ‘Me Time’
One of the biggest reasons why entrepreneurs feel isolated is because they rarely take the time to reconnect with the rest of the world. Prioritise the activities that make you happy – whether that’s a night out with friends or a relaxed dinner with your partner – with your phone switched off and your attention fully on the people who mean the most to you. You’ll notice the difference when you return to your desk!
Being in business doesn’t need to be lonely. By making time for yourself and others, you’ll discover how social the entrepreneur circle can be. Follow these tips to shake up your work routine, and let us know if these pointers help you!