Being a business owner or leader can isolate you from the world and leave you feeling lonely. Janna Fikh and Leah Klugt have advice on how to make sure you don't become isolated, and news of a Christmas Party where sole traders and micro-business can gather for a suitably big seasonal bash!
Despite the various ways to connect, via phone, post, social media and more, as small business owners we still find ourselves going through patches of isolation.
Isolation often leads to declining performance and motivation, so business owners and soloists in particular, must work hard to address and prevent isolation.
|Jolly Soloists Janna Fikh and Leah Klugt|
Here are some practical ways that you can start today to prevent feeling isolated:
- Attend conferences and trade shows which have a link to your business – these are amazing to pick up new ideas, new contacts or simply increase your visibility within the business community.
- Grab a handful of mentors – in practice it is very hard to find one person who has the answer for everything. Surround yourself with people you can count on for advice on different subjects for a well balanced approach.
- Comparing your business to another without knowing the exact background can lead you emotionally astray for no good reason, particularly when things are not always what they seem.
- Have a hobby or want take up a particular hobby? Here’s something that will surprise you: everything does not have to be about work! ‘Me time’ is crucial. Sign up to a course or pick a project of your own choosing and go for it. Block out time in advance and stick to it.
- Stay connected with other small business owners. Social media is a great tool for banishing isolation from your day-to-day work. Coupled with face-to-face connections with fellow soloists and small business owners, and you will be continually reminding yourself that you are not alone. Social events such as Jolly Solo, a big Christmas party exclusively for soloists and business owners with very small teams, mean that you won’t miss out on the kind of celebrations that big teams and corporations are accustomed to.
Finally, remember that you are not alone; many business owners suffer from feeling isolated within their business. If you know it’s a problem, change it.
Feeling isolated and discouraged can lead to you no longer loving your business and what you have worked so hard to build up. So take steps now to ensure you can be a happy small business owner over the long term.
About the authors:
Janna Fikh, owner of Fletcher Tax Accountants, and Leah Klugt, owner of The Golden Goose Design Studio, have joined together to create Jolly Solo, a Christmas Party for solo business operators and very small businesses.
Jolly Solo is an opportunity for soloists to celebrate the year that has been, be inspired and to cement or increase their connections with other business owners for both support and business networking.