1 is the Loneliest Number – How to Combat Feelings of Isolation as a Freelancer
According to one survey, some 64% of freelance workers report feeling more lonely now than they were when they were employed full time. That’s a large portion of the 53 million Americans potentially working from home, alone, or in locations not surrounded by co-workers.
According to FreshBooks [www.freshbooks.com] — the #1 small business accounting software that makes billing painless — there are many ways to combat the loneliness that can come from working exclusively by yourself.
>> REACH OUT TO OTHER FREELANCERS
You may work alone, but you’re not in this alone. There are a lot of organizations like the Freelancers Union designed to help freelancers connect, network, find leads and share resources. They help you connect with like minds also looking to combat the loneliness.
>> CONNECT WITH CREATIVES TO KEEP THE JUICES FLOWING
Maybe commiserating with other freelancers isn’t your style. Instead, reach out to local artistic organizations. People in the arts often work flexible hours just like you and picking their brains might help jumpstart your own personal or professional creativity.
>> JOIN INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC MEETUP GROUPS
Odds are your city has a Meetup group for people in your industry — unless you make artisanal birdhouses, or something. Go to a meeting, get involved, be a resource for others and let others be a resource for you. It may even help you land new clients as well.
>> JOIN A CO-WORKING SPACE
There are few more important places in an office than the water cooler. Conversations had there fulfill our innate need for socialization. Freelancers can find that at co-working spaces where you can trade stories, ideas, even client leads with a diverse group of people.
>> GET OUT AND PLAY
All work and no play will kill your spirit. When bringing in clients (and the money) is all on you, it is easy to feel like you have to work all the time. Carving out time to step away, unwind, and connect with others in your industry will improve your personal and professional well-being.