Written by Doreen Dilger, The Home Based Business Coach
Owning your own work at home business can be a very lonely affair, although I do admit I don’t mind it. I am sure because I spend the most of my time at home with my 3 dogs and 2 cats but then again I am talking about Human relationships here. You could spend all day by yourself, in your bedroom or office. Unlike a normal office, you get little to no social interaction.
Working alone like this can be quite unhealthy for many reasons. It can cause depression, it can cause loneliness and it can decrease motivation. Furthermore, you won't have people to bounce ideas off of, to collaborate with or to hold you accountable.
Adding human interaction back into the mix is a fantastic way to add more support to your life and your business. You'll be happier, work better and likely be more successful.
Go to Conferences: Conferences allow you to meet other people in your industry. It allows you to meet "gurus," vendors, advertisers and all kinds of other valuable contacts. You'll often end up staying in touch with a lot of the people you meet at conferences.
Local Meet-ups: There are many local meet-ups you can attend. These might include entrepreneur meet-ups, internet marketing meet-ups, tech meet-ups, blogger meet-ups or meet-ups in your specific niche or industry. Start by looking on Meetup.com and Craigslist.com, then network your way into other events.
In-person events are a fantastic way of meeting like-minded people in the same geographical area. You can then co-work with the people you meet or brainstorm ideas later on.
Form a Mastermind Group: A mastermind group is a group of people who get together in person on a regular basis to share ideas and help one another succeed. In a typical workplace, co-workers regularly bounce ideas off one another. For the home business owner, the mastermind group is the place to do this.
Most mastermind groups are small and need to be formed by the members themselves. Attend local events, go to conferences and look for people who're at a similar level to where you're at. Then bring up the topic of forming a mastermind group together. Make sure everyone is clear about what they want to get from the group.
These are some of the ways you can add more human interaction to your home-based business. Flying solo all the time not only isn't effective, but is quite unhealthy. Invest the time to build some relationships in your area. It really makes a difference.
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About the Author: Doreen Dilger is a Certified Manifest Method Coach, Certified Life Coach, Author and Founder of Women Empowering Women Now.