But Who will Play with Me?

by Terri Marie on August 2, 2014


Those who are pondering taking the hefty leap into the entrepreneurial ship sometimes get ready to walk the gangplank when they think of going it alone. After all, who will they have to play with during the day? One of the things a traditional job gives people is the social thing, friends to share what you did last night with. Share your concerns, birthdays…

Potential entreprenuers worry that being a sole proprietor will be a lonely venture. And that can certainly be true. It takes a lot of dedication to sail the business ship. But you get to be the captain and decide the where the ship will go. What glorious seas would you like to sail to? The course becomes your choice as you become an enterpreneur.

And while you are the captain, I have compiled a list of a few key things you can do to beat the loneliness of the business seas. After all, even a captain has a crew. Few get as shipwrecked as Tom Hanks in the movie “Shipwrecked.”

  1. Get a Routine That Gets You Out of the Boat Once in Awhile.

    When I lived in an apartment I purposely did not get an Internet connection so I would be forced to go to the business center every day. Sometime I also went to the library. And there’s a gazillion Starbucks and coffee shops with other entrepreneurs siitting in them. There is an energy that moves with you through life. You need others as much as a bee needs to pollinate the flowers. Entrepreneurs need to circulate to grow their business. Most of us stagnate if the only person we see every day is ourselves.

  2. Do Your Tasks in Groups.

    Do all your calls, then all your emails, then work on a specific project. A little of this. A little of that gets you off course and confused. Also be sure to do the most important things first. Especially important money-wise tasks so you can keep your business afloat.

  3. Don’t Use the Phone During the Business Day to Mask Your Loneliness.

    Keep business calls friendly but to the point. Then after you have made all your business calls, then you can treat yourself to a few friendly calls – but only after hours, after you have docked your business. Be sure to take some after hours “you” time or you will burn out and not be productive. When I take an afternoon to go on a boat ride, I work very hard before to get things done so I can take the time off. Then after the treat, I am amazed at how things flow easily. A project that I could have struggled with for days magically unfolds. An article gets done as fast as I can write.

  4. Be Firm But Kind with Friends Who Call to Chat When You’ve Got Deadlines.

    It is tempting to talk especially as a distraction from a big project that is looming, but give your good friends a time when you can call back. Keep the work focused, not scattered and your playtime will matter more. Good friends will understand.

Aye matees! We can sail the business seas with gusto, enjoy the things we need to make the journey happen but also take time to have good friends in port. If we don’t spend all our time on the open seas, we can have the best of both worlds and plenty of people to “Play” with both on and off the boat.

Ships Ahoy!

Anchors Away!

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