This year, I’ve had quite a few conversations with clients who have asked me how I avoid feeling lonely despite flying solo here at Becky Lord Design.
I actually adore working by myself, so I’ve never really had a problem, but loneliness is definitely one of the potential pitfalls of being your own boss.
Luckily, there are plenty of positives too. Here are a few reasons why working alone will always be my first love…
- You can wear what you want to ‘the office’. Ridiculous clothes, impractical shoes or hilarious makeup, nothing’s off-limits!
- However questionable your taste in music, you’re free to listen to your
favouritesongs and sing along as loudly as you like.
- You often have the power to dictate your own working hours, scheduling tasks around other, more exciting plans, like lunch with the girls or an impromptu afternoon spent drinking wine in the sunshine!
- Being your own boss is often the best fit for families. Mums and dads can create a work schedule around their kids and ensure they’re always there for the school run too.
So what should you do if you find yourself feeling lonely? Here’s what works for me…
1. Join a club
Book club, baby club, yoga, cooking… anything that gets you away from your desk and interacting with other people. I recently joined Borrow My Doggy and it’s been awesome! I’ve always enjoyed taking a daily walk, but now I have a cute pooch accompany me twice a week and I’ve been able to meet some lovely people too.
2. always make time for your friends
No career goal is more important than the people you love. Two hours away from work, at least once a week, isn’t going to kill your business, I promise.
3. Join business groups on facebook
Social media makes social interaction a breeze, especially if you use your mouse clicks carefully and engage with like-minded people. Business groups are a great way to meet professionals in your industry and they often provide a safe space to share the highs and lows of being your own boss.
4. Grab coffee with a fellow peer
Make the most of the opportunity to natter about everything and anything, whether business or personal. It’s so important to have someone you can talk to who understands your job and can
5. Grab coffee with a fellow peer
This year, I made a conscious effort to talk through projects and ideas over the phone, rather than via email. Not only do I have a better understanding of my clients professionally, but speaking to a real person and engaging in a little friendly chit chat as well as ‘talking shop’ has made a big difference to my day.
If all else fails, remember you’re designing a life you love. Any feelings of loneliness will soon be forgotten when you start smashing targets and making dreams come true.