Use networking to combat loneliness

Self-employed business owners urged to use networking to combat loneliness

A worrying rise in the link between self-employment and mental health issues has led the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to urge isolated workers to try networking.

According to statistics, 39% of self-employed people have experienced loneliness at some point following their decision to become their own boss. With many small businesses starting life in a home office, or from the kitchen table, it’s easy to see why working alone presents these problems. By attending regular networking meetings, the FSB suggests that self-employed people will feel integrated into the local business community.

The FSB’s campaign ‘Wellbeing in Small Business’ aims to encourage self-employed people to take better care of their mental health and to get out of the office and mix with other professionals. As well as providing a platform to raise awareness for your services, networking groups are also a good place to make business friends who’ll be there to listen when you want to share a success, or need guidance.

The Thrive view

The link between loneliness and self-employment comes as no surprise to us at Thrive. We’ve welcomed plenty of new members over, the years, and the issue of feeling removed from the rest of the world and stuck inside four walls comes up time and again. There are so many positive reasons to break free from the day job and start your own business, but unfortunately, self-care can suffer. Here are our recommendations for using networking to help you re-engage with the world outside your office.

  1. Make business friends

We champion the idea of trusted connections because we know that they are built on a solid foundation of friendship. We see business friendships blossom every week at Thrive, as our members get to know, like and trust each other thanks to our regular meetings. There’s a reason why business was often done on the golf course in the past, the combination of a relaxed atmosphere and business chat gives you a much-needed break from the office grind. Your business friends are there to listen and support you.

  1. Ask for help

You can’t know everything about running your own business when you’ve just started. At our meetings, we encourage members to ask for advice and guidance if they are facing a difficult task. Usually, there is a wealth of experience in the room and the help you’ll get from those in the group will be invaluable. Sometimes people want to check they’re doing the right thing in a tricky situation, or they need expertise on a particular matter that only an expert in that field can give them. If they don’t find that in the room, the Thrive team will often be able to make a connection with somebody who does.

  1. Set up a network

One of the most gratifying things about the Thrive community is how often our members can forge collaborations. Those working in different disciplines can offer the whole package to a customer, and working alongside others on new projects can lift your mood. By building a network of trusted connections from your group, you’ll have brand ambassadors telling their contacts why you’re the go-to person in your sector. Plus, getting to know fellow networkers by having regular one-to-one meetings helps you engage with the local business community and learn more about different professions.

If you’d like to visit one of our networking groups get in touch today.

01603 672712 email us on enquiries@thrive.buzz

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