Being an entrepreneur or remote worker can be difficult. It often means long hours working by yourself with no coworkers to bounce ideas off or joke around with. Even if you enjoy being alone and find you work best solo, loneliness can take a toll. We spoke to some CoLab members who are remote workers and entrepreneurs to get their perspective on how to stay happy and healthy while working on your own. The main takeaway, if you want to improve not only your mental health and productivity but also your physical health, make connections with people.

Participate in online groups and communities.

In general, the more people feel connected to a group, the more satisfied they are with their lives and the stronger their sense of purpose and security. Make connections as a remote worker by participating in online groups and communities. Joining an online professional group can provide a needed sense of community and might even get you valuable business advice and insights. For instance, if you are a freelance writer, you can search for online groups on Facebook or LinkedIn that are specifically for writers. Since the group is filled with like-minded individuals, you can ask questions, share ideas, or get feedback from others.

Attend conferences and networking events.

Attending conferences and networking events allows you to meet other professionals in your industry as well as boost your skills. You don’t need to travel or have a big budget for this — there are likely many events in or around your own city. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce or Small Business Development Center for details on local events. You can also use a tool like Meetup to find local meetups relevant to your industry.

Use your interests and hobbies to connect.

Connect with others using your interests and hobbies. If you’re interested in fitness, join a group training class instead of hitting the gym by yourself. Enjoy painting? Go to a group painting class. Like reading? Join a book club. These experiences and personal connections can make your life more satisfying and often turn into valuable business contacts and referrals.

Work outside of your home.

Not surprisingly, many CoLab members mentioned the importance of getting out of the house on their productivity and personality. For a change of scenery and the ability to interact with people face-to-face, consider working outside of your home. Try a coffee shop, restaurant, or public library. Or consider a coworking space like CoLab that will provide you with a real office environment where you can work alongside and mingle with other entrepreneurs, remote workers, and freelancers.

CoLab offers a professional shared office environment in the heart of historic Pawtuxet Village (Cranston, Rhode Island) for a fraction of the cost of a traditional office. Our coworking community offers flexible workspace with hot and dedicated desks for rent, shared office space, private offices, event space and meeting rooms. The CoLab community is intended to provide an uplifting and professional atmosphere for remote workers, programmers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, marketing firms, writers, artists, and others.

Just because you run your own business doesn’t mean you should spend all your time alone. Use these tips to avoid loneliness as a remote worker or entrepreneur so you can grow your business and keep your spirits high.

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