One of the biggest challenges of being a female entrepreneur and petite business owner is working alone from home. Even with the social revolution isolation and loneliness is a big issue for many.
As we’re kind of connected, but we’re not.
If you don’t leave the house or talk to another human for days on end it has serious implications for our well-being
As human beings we thrive on social interaction and connection. We are hard-wired to interact with others. And I know personally when I really need to get out of the house and be with people in person and not just on social media. (My post-lady does too!)
I left my office job in marketing eight years ago this week and whilst I love what I do and the freedom it brings of being my own boss, one of my biggest challenges has been the ability to work through those feelings of isolation. As for many of us who are based at home we continually have to source our own creativity, energy, enthusiasm, motivation and inspiration to do our best work and serve others.
The reality is if you feel you’re in a funk and have lost your mojo you’re not going to be buzzing with creative ideas or feel like showing up and being sociable on social media
Back in the olden days of my office life I loved having a team around me to bounce ideas around with, to chat about what was on the telly last night and to have sociable cups of tea and nice lunches. Those were the perks of being in an office.
With eight years experience being a home worker I have learnt to recognise the signs when I am starting to dip. My mood is low. My motivation is dragging and everything feels so much harder. I know it’s time to slow down, pause for a bit and reconnect with myself and the real world.
And that’s the reality for many petite business owners. None of us can be expected to be at full pelt all year round. Continue reading