The lack of a boss.
But as a solopreneur, you feel isolated.
Working in your own space, by yourself, is lonely.
Often, there is no one to talk to, kick around ideas with, or formulate a strategy.
No one to encourage and motivate you, or hold you to your goals.
Maybe, you talk to your spouse, your best friend, or a colleague, but they don’t really understand.
They don’t get you, your passion, or what you’re trying to accomplish.
When you’re pursuing a new venture, you want a confidant.
Someone to offer critical insights, question your assumptions, poke holes in your plans.
To be your cheerleader, to help you stay inspired and motivated to work toward your goals.
If you spend too much time alone, you can miss the big picture.
You skip over obvious problems.
You start down a path that may be filled with potholes.
And, you can spend all day without meaningful communication.
There are ways around it.
1-Find a mentor.
Someone who knows what you want to do, takes you under their wing, shortens your learning curve, and provides answers. A mentor often has experience and accomplished what you are trying to do. For instance, you want to write a book, so you find a mentor that successfully published one to help you avoid a lot of stumblig blocks,
2-Hire a coach.
A professional who you pay to talk to regularly, give you their advice and wisdom, and hold you accountable. There are many business coaches. They come in all specialties and charge varying amounts. A Google search will yield many organizations that have a list of certified coaches. You can also search the big name coaching associations and find someone who meets your needs.
3-Join a mastermind group.
A small inner-circle of like-minded people who come together to get mutual support, brainstorm problems, hold each other accountable, and help solve problems. Many meet once or twice a month, in person or virtually.
Most have a private online forum, where members can stay in touch between meetings, ask questions, discuss alternatives, and get feedback.
Mastermind groups are a powerful force.
A mastermind is a harmonious group of people who share ideas and help each other get clarity. The creativity and support of the group cause more powerful results than any one member can get doing it alone.
In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote about them in Think and Grow Rich, still the most quoted and referenced book on success.
Mastermind groups have been around throughout history, and are used by the most successful people.
Today, they are even more popular.
Groups are started around many subjects and purposes.
For instance, topics can be started for small business owners, new parents, people who want to live overseas, etc.
CEO’s, engineers, middle managers, and many others, also benefit from meeting with a group of their peers.
Many independent business people, such as freelancers, solopreneurs, and internet marketers who work from anywhere, with just a laptop and an internet connection. For these solo endeavors, being part of a group is essential. It helps you associate with like-minded people, form friendships, and have a place to turn when you need help.
And most importantly, to overcome the lonely, and isolated feelings that comes from working for yourself, in the new, independent economy.
Ready to join a mastermind group. The Business Start-up Mastermind Group is dedicated to helping the new entrepreneur grow their business.
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