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How to Combat Loneliness as an Entrepreneur

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Recap of the Video

First I tell my story of working from home and getting super discouraged and feeling like I want to quit every afternoon around 4pm.

Yet loneliness as an entrepreneur is a topic that’s hard to understand for most but easy for those who have experienced it. I’ll take each in turn.

I’ve never understood why entrepreneurs feel so lonely for 2 reasons: 1. I’m an introvert so i refuel by being alone.  2. I feel like I’m reaching out and interacting with people always.  Even in the beginning stages, I don’t remember ever going a whole day without communicating with someone for some reason.

Yet, I understand why entrepreneurs feel so lonely because, if you’ve never been an entrepreneur, then you don’t understand what it’s like. There are only a small percentage of people who have ever started a business from scratch. Only they truly understand what it’s like. You know this if you’re an entrepreneur and you’ve ever been in a room with other entrepreneurs.

This is only further compounded by the fact that everyone and their mother wants to tell you what to do with your business but rarely does any of their advice actually help. This only makes an entrepreneur feel lonelier.

How to fix this?  I share 3 ideas:

1. Build a local support system.

2. Build a support system with outside perspective too.

3. Go deeper than surface level when you are communicating with anyone and everyone.

 

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Entrepreneurs, I’d love to hear from you!

Comment and share your strategies for combatting loneliness.

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    that’s super-intersting! @ABCity.org, we’re 2 co-founders, so in theory, unlikely to feel lonely but… that’s not the case! We were chatting about this a few days ago. We do feel lonely when things become busy and we try to move on but then we get stuck, the other person is ot available to provide support and clients are there and expect things from us. I totally agree with the importance of building a support system with an external perspective and also go deeper in the communication. I guess, these where a couple of reasons why I enjoyed your bootcamp in August so much (http://abcity.org/blog/business-activist-entrepreneurs-bootcamp)!

    Yup, Alessandra. Even co-founders get lonely. Thanks for your “review” of the bootcamp. I’ll be following up with you soon! Glad we’re staying in touch.

    I remember my mentor telling me that being a business owner is a lonely venture. It is the nature of the game. We are different from people who are working 9-5 somewhere receiving a paycheck from someone else. Working for someone else is “normal” and as an entrepreneur, we are not trying to be normal. Thus, it can get lonely. In fact, it is even more lonely since as social entrepreneurs, we are even more abnormal!
    As a new entrepreneur, I have to be very intentional about combating the loneliness. I am a introvert, but I don’t want be a hermit. I appreciate what you shared, Amanda! It is so true! You have to have a support network. We need to have thriving relationships and not just a lot of acquaintances.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Eliza! Yes, I agree with this idea of being an introvert but not a hermit. I’m the kind of person that likes to have a few thriving relationships for sure. It’s weird in a big city like Chicago since it seems like I’m always meeting people. Those few close friends are my lifeline though.

    As a fellow introvert and from scratch entrepreneur, I say hello, but quietly from across the room. Lol
    I kind of thrive on my introversion, and use it to my benefit. I feel like I do my best work when I’m all alone, with no distractions.
    I’m not an overly real-life social person, but online I’m as confidant and communicative as I need to be, starting new dialogues with potential new clients, as well as keeping up with current and past clientele.
    I built my tiny business from my kitchen table and a box of old toys and cheap paint, the only difference today is I work at a different table, but I love it.
    While the job isn’t an end to my financial needs, hopefully it will be one day. The art I make does however, fill a certain creative need, and serves a purpose to those who choose to do business with me, especially return clients who come back for unique gifts.
    I love doing what I do, and will continue to do so, and sharing my work and communicating as best I can, to create a worldwide network of fans and clientele.

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