As a momprenuer how do you overcome working solo and where do you go for support?
As a mom-run solo business, it can be really lonely! Often it’s difficult for others to relate to your world… especially in the early days of launching your business.
You know those signs of loneliness…. feeling blue and uninspired, the negative nigglies come in and you feel annoyed about things, you start to feel disconnected, battling boredom and stepping out of touch. How can you handle it when friends, family and other moms around you don’t understand you and why your doing what you do?
Loneliness is a very real issue that MANY mompreneurs struggle with. So many of us NEED the energy of other people, and when we launch our business, the tendency is to wall ourselves away from others – and focus on all the endless tasks and to dos… Social Media, blogging, website development etc. It all can be very lonely. (Especially for us extroverts!) I have several suggestions that are important ingredients for success.
- Create or join a Mastermind Group. Mastermind groups typically are smaller and focused on helping move your business forward through the brain-power of like-minded entrepreneurs. It is good to have people with different expertise as well.
- Find Networking Opportunities with like minded people. There are many towns that have local women in business groups, chamber events, mixers, luncheons and nights out.
- Be Consistent and Show Up – Networking is not just meeting people… it’s helping them get to know, like and trust you! The big mistake is that people join, but then don’t attend regularly – so they don’t build a relationship… It’s important to do that.
- Volunteer – Volunteering is an excellent way to expand your network and meet other business owners. I have met wonderful people who’ve not only referred business to me, but have become clients and friends. Volunteer in an organization that is meaningful. Coming together with others who are giving their time creates a special trust bond that easily expands your network and extends to friendly referrals for business.
- Join a Business Group – Business groups are another great way to find support. Look for opportunities to join people who have businesses or clients in common. Networking associations, Chambers of Commerce, and even Alumni Associations provide portals to expanded networking. Groups like BIG, eWomen Network, Ladies Who Launch and Savor The Success are all examples of women business owners coming together to share talent and resources. Even if you’re in a location that is remote or not-business oriented, there are MANY online groups and chat boards designed for just this purpose.
- Attend a Live Event – Some of the best ways to meet other people like you is to get out there and attend networking conferences for people who share either a product, service or industry in common. You can connect with your local community college or keep an eye out for business networking announcements (many of the above mentioned groups host live events.) Another very popular advertising mode is using targeted ads on Facebook and other social media platforms. When an ad pops up on your side panel, chances are your demographics and interests are pre-selected by the host of the event that fits the criteria of their target market. Pay attention to the ads, as they OFTEN will offer just the thing you need to get out there and meet like-minded professionals like yourself.
- Get Involved In Something You Love – Joining a gym, a crafting group, or a local club can help you find others who can serve as support for you. Whether you like to create things, exercise or have an interest in reading, participating or creating a club of like-minded people will open up doors for you that you never knew existed. I often say, don’t underestimate the power of 1! One person who absolutely loves and believes in you (no matter how they’ve connected with you) can lead to a lifetime of referrals!
- Hire a Coach Dedicated To Your Success! Not only can a coach make a huge difference in how you feel about your business decisions, many coaches (like me) offer private groups as part of their group programs and packages. They are great places to find like-minded people who will provide the support you need. For instance, the past two group programs I ran – Planapaloozah and AWAKE, Manage Your Time To Love Your Life – both came with open chat groups that allowed attendees and members to share ideas. The formula works and the access to others is awesome! I hope this helps! If you’d like to know more, go here.
- Get Help from a Virtual Team – I couldn’t run my business effectively without the help of a great team of people behind the scenes. My virtual assistant team helps me manage my website, manages my shopping cart, helps me with marketing, stages my blog posts and helps me to follow up on the many administrative duties necessary to manage my business. I truly could not function without them. If you’re in the growth stage of business and would like to know more about how to leverage these ideas, contact me and let’s see if I can help!
What other suggestions do you have to help mom-entrepreneurs overcome working solo?
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