Loneliness as a business owner is a true pandemic. With 45% of business owners reporting that they feel stressed and lonely while running their business, it has never been a more important time to combat loneliness as a small business owner. Here are 5 ways that you can combat loneliness when you run your own business.
- Find your circle.
- Create a routine.
- Reach out in the community
- Take a class.
#1 way to combat loneliness as a small business owner – Find your circle
The people you surround yourself with are what will determine your mood, your feeling of inclusion and your perception of your success. It’s essential that you surround yourself with people who are going to support you, champion you and offer a contribution that elevates your thinking. Here’s how to find your perfect circle:
- Only follow those online that bring you joy.
- Limit time with Friends and family that don’t support what you are doing.
- Consider joining an online community that has the same values and offers you the opportunity to connect and collaborate with fellow business owners (I have the Visibility Society if you’d like to check it out).
- Get curious about networking events both online and offline – there are so many to choose from and you can find new connections and ever friendships as well as potentially getting new business!
Ways to combat loneliness as a small business owner #2 – Create a routine
How does creating s routine help combat loneliness I hear you think? Well you would be surprised when you don’t have a routine you’ll find yourself getting “lost” in tasks – you can either fall down the rabbit hole of working 24/7 and neglecting yourself and your relationships, or you can find yourself wasting precious tie on things that don’t do anything positive for you or your business. A routine doesn’t have to be regimented, you could simply start with:
- Something for your soul – listening to music, art.
- Something for your brain – reading, learning.
- Something for your body – walking, running, cycling.
- Something for your business – networking, outreach.
- Something for your heart – hugs, kisses, talking.
Don’t create a routine that so regimented that you are setting yourself up to fail –[ find a routine that is manageable with all your commitments.
#3 – Combat loneliness by outsourcing to free up time
Do you find yourself chained to your desk doing administrative tasks that don’t add value to your business but drain your time? Doing tasks which you don’t enjoy can exacerbate feelings of loneliness as a business owner, so considering outsourcing some of those tasks could really boost your morale. Take stock of the administrative tasks that you do over a week and calculate how much time is used completing them. Could outsourcing some or all of them free up time that you can spend on revenue generating activities, networking, or free time? Most Virtual Assistant offer a free consultation – check out Planner Bee VA Services for example (I’m a bit biased because Maya is my VA!)
Reach Out In the Community - #4 in the 5 ways to Combat Loneliness as a small business owner
Could you spare an hour a week to volunteer or give back to your community? It could be a great way to shake the fog of being in your business 24/7. There are so many initiatives that could do with your support – from helping in a school with supported reading, to volunteering at a local nature charity. Utilize your business skills or simply get yourself outdoors – giving back to the community can be a brilliant way of combatting loneliness and doing something for your soul too.
#5 – Take a class to combat loneliness.
A class doesn’t have to be business or fitness related! Art classes, practical classes such as car maintenance, animal classes or even circus classes – there is so much opportunity to step out of the day to day and immerse yourself in another activity that will feed your senses, and they all represent a brilliant opportunity to beat the loneliness related values from being a business owner. Check out your local college or online to see what’s happening around your area.
In a Nutshell:
Loneliness is a real issue amongst business owners, and it can be a contributing factor to giving up in business to return to the corporate world. These 5 areas for combatting loneliness provide a real opportunity for you to create work life balance – and be able to fully enjoy your own time as well as being a business owner.
If you would like to find out more about the Visibility Society – the online membership for ambitious business owners that gives you a real community, co-working opportunity and thrive led learning environment then why not check it out – it’s one of the most affordable online memberships out there and delivers incredible value.
Pamela is the CEO of Worsley Creative, a specialist online visibility studio helping passionate business owners thrive with growing their brands online. As a busy Mum and entrepreneur, she understands first-hand the challenges of growing your business whilst trying to stay sane and healthy!