Personally, I don’t subscribe to the point of view that loneliness automatically goes with the territory of running a business from home. Here’s why:
There are some people excruciatingly lonely in their home business. There are other people that loneliness is never an issue for. Now I know some folk will argue that it depends on what you are like as a person. And to some extent that is true.
But here is the truth about loneliness when running a business from home:
It’s a choice.
It’s a result of mindset driving behaviour, choices and actions.
Let me explain:
The start point of being lonely running your business from home is acceptance. Acceptance that it is the norm or “just the way it is” (boy, I hate that phrase).
Acceptance is the killer of creativity
The minute you accept loneliness as inevitable it stops you looking for alternatives or creative solutions. It keeps you stuck where you are.
(Note: there are times acceptance of a situation is a healthy and constructive thing – this isn’t one of them!).
So, if loneliness is a result of mindset driving choices and behaviour patterns, it begs the question “what can we do to eradicate it?”:
5 Tips for Eradicating Loneliness from your Home Business
Stop Accepting it – what you accept you keep. So make the decision that loneliness will no longer be a part of life in your home business.
Schedule your week wisely – don’t block activities that require you to be on your own for days on end all together. Mix your week up. Give it variety in bite size chunks. Not only will it help you eradicate loneliness, it renews your energy, improves focus and gives you a boost.
Abandon your home office – now, those of you who know me well might be surprised by this comment as I am such a big advocate for running a home business and the freedom it can bring. What I mean is stop taking the phrase “home business” so literally. Look at what activities aren’t necessary to do at home and do them elsewhere. For example, a coffee shop or a hotel lounge.
Buddy up – make an arrangement with other home workers to work at the same location. Schedule regular breaks and just chat. Make sure the breaks are time bounded otherwise it just becomes a day long coffee break and no work gets done!!!
Build a support team – having people to bounce ideas around with, share challenges and get another perspective is a great way to kick loneliness into touch. Build this into your weekly schedule. (I will be talking more on this subject in the next blog post)
What is you take on this subject? Do you think loneliness is an inevitable result of running a business from home?