When you work from home in a home business that you solely own, you end up spending a great deal of time by yourself. Unlike the traditional workplace, you find that you get very little social interaction. Not only does this create lonely conditions for you, but it can also be unhealthy.
Such situations can be very confining and have also been known to cause depression, an overall feeling of loneliness and sometimes will zap your motivation. There are ways to avoid any of this from happening to you. If you find yourself working in such conditions, it is time to add some social interaction to your life and business.
Here are some great ways to add some interaction to your business which will help alleviate any of the negative consequences that solo entrepreneurs experience with loneliness.
A great way to meet and network with others in your industry would be to attend conferences in and around your area. Even if it requires a bit of travel, this would help you get out and about in the community and out of your office. This is also a good way to build and maintain relationships with other business owners.
Forming an alliance with other business owners is another way to add human interaction to your business. This will allow you to interact with others that have common goals in mind. Some refer to this alliance as a “mastermind group,” which is simply a group of people who dedicate themselves to their business success. Having this alliance also enables you to:
* Give different input, advice and feedback
* Share resources and information
* Gain inspiration from the group which can help you maintain focus and meet goals you have set for your business
Another suggestion is to consider a co-working space. Co-working is a type of work that allows you to perform your work in a shared environment. This is extremely beneficial to independently employed professionals and will help keep you from feeling so isolated.
While the above suggestions are all great ways to incorporate some human interaction to your home business, one of the most important things you can do is to set a schedule for yourself. Allow time for breaks and outings. Make sure you take at least one day off each week. A day off that consists of nothing but doing what you want or need to do away from work. Whether you decide to take this day to enjoy a family outing, lunch or dinner with a friend or relax and watch movies at home doesn’t matter. Just make sure you are doing something other than working.
Adding some human interaction to your solo business will help motivate you and give you the social support system that you need. Being a home-based worker is definitely a rewarding experience, but it’s important to protect yourself, your health and your success. The key factor in the experience is to make sure you incorporate a good amount of human interaction on a routine basis. You will be glad you did!