While working from home has a lot of upsides, it also has a few challenges.
The biggest challenge is dealing with social isolation and loneliness.
Here are just a few ways you can overcome that.
Working from home just means that you’re location independent, and that means you can work anywhere (unless you are reading this during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic!).
Why not go and work out of a cafe in town?
This way, you will at least get to chat to the staff that works there, and maybe some other people hanging in the cafe.
Or you can go to a co-working office. That means instead of leasing out an office, you share an open space (think being in a library) with other entrepreneurs who are working.
This way working for yourself becomes much more desirable.
At the same time, you’ll be likely to encounter more people, have more conversations, and make connections.
Of course, you also need to be open to chatting to people for this to work.
For those that can’t leave the house, try working in different areas.
If it’s nice out, maybe you can plop down on a chair outside with your laptop and get some work done.
Attend Meetups or Events
Whatever industry you’re in or whatever hobby you have, there is a meetup for that.
These are a great way to meet like-minded people in your industry.
Eventbrite is another platform where there is always a posting for an upcoming event.
Some events are free, and some events you’ll have to pay to attend.
But the best part of this is that you’re networking and making connections while you’re filling being lonely.
If you don’t want to leave your house or you can’t because of the COVID-19 lockdown, a super popular way to connect with other people is by attending a virtual co-working session.
It just means that you login in using the software Zoom and then you’ll see a ton of other people live.
The host will make greetings and interacts and then put you all on mute.
Then you get to work. All you do is work on any task you need to accomplish, but you’re in the virtual presence of other people.
I know it sounds weird, but it works for two reasons.
One, you’re going to get what you need to be done because you have that accountability from these other people.
And two, it makes you feel like you’re not alone.
By having those other people around live working with you (even though they’re working on something else), it still feels good.
Loneliness is the biggest obstacle entrepreneurs have when they work from home. But there are ways around it, so you don’t have to feel lonely.
Hopefully, these tips will help you overcome the challenge of dealing with loneliness while working from home.