Being an online entrepreneur or remote worker is an amazing achievement and in many ways, it can improve your life greatly. By operating an online business, this gives you the ability to set your own wage for financial freedom but also allows you to set your own hours to accomplish the kind of work/life basis that many of us are missing.
Like anything, there is a downside to that independence too. One of the very biggest ones here, that a lot of us don’t anticipate before starting an online business, is loneliness. When you strike out on your own and are able to give up the day job, the commute and the office politics it can feel like a breath of fresh air. But then later when you hear about your friends’ Christmas parties and office antics, you can start to miss the camaraderie that working with other people provides.
In fact, as you sit there typing away most days, you can even start to find yourself getting rather bored.
Here we will look at some ways you can avoid this…
Many people become an online entrepreneur because they want to ‘work from home’. Just because you have an online business and can technically work from home does not technically mean you always have to be working from home. Why not then go and work in a café in town or find a co-working space? This way you will at least get to chat to the staff that work there and maybe some other people sitting in.
You can even schedule in some time to go work from a pub one afternoon a week or from a park if the weather permits. This way working for yourself becomes much more desirable, and at the same time you’ll be likely to encounter more people and have more conversation. Of course, you also need to be open to chatting to people for this to work.
You can also make your online work more sociable by using the opportunity to meet up with people you don’t normally see. For instance, you can meet your friends for lunch on their lunch break, or you can meet them after work if they finish early. Just because you work online does not mean you have to miss out on all the fun! In fact, you’ll be chatting to people who are actually your real friends rather than just colleagues which you may find more enjoyable.
Networking and interacting with online entrepreneurs and business owners in your industry is a great way to promote your business and make contacts. At the same time, it can make your business less unsociable. Try attending networking events, working face to face with designers and marketers, and responding to your fan mail rather than locking yourself away. It’s good for your business, and it’s even better for your mental health.
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