Entrepreneurship Can Be Lonely, But It Doesn’t Have To Be
No one tells you that entrepreneurship can be lonely and isolating. You are the sole person responsible for all decisions both hard and easy. Especially in your startup years, it can be challenging as you sacrifice both time and money to get your business off the ground.
It doesn’t have to be lonely while you build your business or empire. Think back to your previous career or college days. How important have relationships been in your growth? In all stages of my professional career (corporate and entrepreneurship) relationships have played an instrumental part in my growth.
Some of my best friends in life have come from organizations where I have worked. These women and men made an impact as we worked, competed, won, lost, vented, laughed, and grew together. Every wedding I have been a bridesmaid in was for a co-worker that became a friend. Including most recently for my friend Ashley La Fleur.
Image Credit: Katie Kett Photography
Moving to Chicago in November 2014 and starting a new business I knew that in order to survive I would need to create a new circle of friends. At the time I only wanted to host an event to meet other women creative entrepreneurs. Thus Chicago Creative Chics, Coffee & Collaborations was born. Genius alliteration, huh? 😉
The women that I met that day have been the blood of my business here in Chicago regardless of whether we still do business together or not. A connection was formed because we were all in similar places in our entrepreneurial journey and full of ambition and hope. From there we grew and grew a lot through challenges, failures, and big wins!
I love meeting new women through Little Black Desk Society and seeing connections form between women. Relationships are the glue that hold us together in this journey and knowing someone has your back (wing women) makes the challenges that much easier to overcome.
These are some candid photos from this year of various outings with women in the LBDS community.
4 Tips to Combat Loneliness & Form New Friendships as an Entrepreneur
- If you are an introvert you can start comfortably from your laptop or phone. Look for online communities that support your industry and join.
- Instead of being a wallflower in the community, seek to be of service. Answer questions, recommend brands when asked, connect people, and be a resource. People are naturally attracted to people are genuinely helping others. By being present and engaged people will want to connect with you.
- Find leaders in your industry on social media and connect with them. Leave genuine comments on their social posts, respond to their questions, and share your insights with them. Who knows, by breaking the ice you may have the chance to connect with them over coffee or connect with them at a conference.
- Get out of your home and meet people!! It is uncomfortable to be the new girl in the room, but you cannot form real connections sitting in front of the computer. There are plenty of free or affordable networking or industry events available to attend.
Most importantly, online connections are only a gateway to real-life connections. For the relationship to really cement you need to meet in person.Most importantly, online connections are only a gateway to real-life connections. Click To Tweet