If you hadn’t noticed, the biggest thing that we support, both here and on the podcast, is community. We know how, initially, becoming an entrepreneur or solopreneur can feel very isolating. Generally, taking the leap into a self-made business can feel like a solo journey and a lot of times no one truly understands the changes you’re going through. In the beginning, it can feel like you’re a one-woman, show.
If you are breaking into new territory, creating something new and innovative, or carving out a name for your goods and services, it can feel like you’re walking the path alone. This sense of isolation can be overwhelming and could even cause some depression. (I am speaking from experience here.) But the truth is you are not alone! There are plenty of resources and a great community of other entrepreneurs and/or solopreneurs waiting to connect and support you. You just need to go out and join them!
Here is a list of places you might find a community to support you:
Service organizations love entrepreneurs
You might be delivering a service or selling a product that is one of a kind in your area, but there are other business owners that you can connect with on a personal or professional level. Many service organizations are made up of business owners and entrepreneurs who are also looking for a community, they just don’t know it. Though your business may be unrelated to theirs, the common thread of being a business owner is universal.
Clubs and associations love entrepreneurs
Regardless of what you are selling, there is likely an association, club or group that you can join. This can be virtual or brick-and-mortar. Finding associations and becoming part of their organization can add to your credibility, and offer resources, and support for your journey. Research appropriate associations that you can join and enhance your entrepreneurial experience.
Create a community of your own
If you feel isolated and truly want to connect, it might be a great opportunity to create your own community. Resources like MeetUp.com or Facebook can be an excellent way to create and host specialized groups. Whether your group is directly related to the goods and services you provide or tied to a concept, activity, or common interest, you can determine the parameters and build a like-minded group of people to engage with.
Being an entrepreneur can feel isolating, but you aren’t alone. There’s a world full of people experiencing the same feelings as you and they are waiting connect, so why not join us inside the ITAV FB Community? It is a great group dedicated to building community for solopreneur! Yes, running a business can be hard and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be! There’s no reason to face life alone when there are plenty of ways to connect with others.