# 16 (2014) Being An Enterpreneur Can Be The Loneliest Job

Sometimes I need reminding that what I’m doing is the right choice. There are certain elements to being your own boss which only make sense to people who have experienced it. And you have to try and understand that getting through these times is key to success so long as you don’t go mad in the process. This article in Enterpreneur is one of the best I have read on the reality of being an enterpreneur.

I don’t consider myself a people person. But when this article said ‘There is a sense of isolation that is really profound‘ they weren’t kidding. If you run your business from home you will inevitably end up spending more hours there, with only yourself for company, than you can possibly imagine.

You are the only one making business decisions, arranging customer contact and doing the work. How much you earn depends entirely on you, and that in turn affects the rest of your life. Saying farewell to your social life is also inevitable because your funds will be stretched to the limit. And if much of your previous social life was thanks to your former job, that’s a big chunk of your contact with the outside world gone.

If I arrange my work correctly I can legitimately find two days in the week to leave the house. Any highlight of the week might be venturing up the high street to buy stock for shoots or to the supermarket where I am easily annoyed by members of the public.  Any other days are things that I made up to get myself out – like posting a letter. Unfortunately I’m crap at aimless wandering and coffee shop visits are beyond my budget. Besides, it’s not really socialising is it – window shopping in New Look?

On the upside if there’s one thing you learn from working at home it’s how quickly you can lose track of time. A week can pass and you’ve only been out to empty the bins. At least I am busy.

I can easily fill a 5-7 hour working day six days a week – considerably more if you include all the admin, social media updates and blog postings that have to be created to give you the online presence you need.

There is however an added pressure on your personal life, no matter how separate you keep your business from the rest of your home. If you live with other people who do go elsewhere to work, they will inevitably start looking on you as the one who’s always there, always in the way and never goes out. Like some kind of crazy hermit.

It’s an awkwardness you don’t need. You’ve already got a complex about your limited funds and feeling like you don’t know anybody in real life (Facebook is a saviour for lonely business owners) but if you add to that the guilty feeling you get for just being there, the conflict of emotions can be tough. If you live on your own at least noone can see you there. Noone needs to know when was the last time you actually breathed in air from outside or the last time you put on makeup or did your hair.

Changing those situations is hard. With limited funds your options aren’t endless and you know that wherever you go you need the space to work. Sadly for me that means at least one spare room so the best money saving accomodation options aren’t open to me.  I’m still working on the solution to this but I guess it all boils down to the financial success of my business. And that means many hours spent working.


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All you need to know about me is on my posts. Right now, things are quiet. I'm trying to get back into blogging. Time - where is all the time!!!!

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