You work from home. Your children are at home. Some days you spend 24 hours a day at your home and the only ones you see and talk to are your children, your pets and your spouse if you’re married. The checkout clerk at the local grocery has suddenly become your best friend, only because you see them more than anyone outside of your family.
Sounds a bit depressing, right? It can be. Being a work-from-home mom can be extremely isolating. The good news is that you’re an entrepreneur, which means you’re a go-getter. You don’t sit around and wait for things to change; you make changes to suit your needs.
Here are seven ideas to reduce the sense of isolation, and the stress and procrastination that may come along with it.
1. Join a gym. This may sound a bit strange; however, when you’re at a gym working out with other people, you’re actually accomplishing two things. You’re out and about with other people and you’re taking care of your health. Most gyms have daycare so you don’t have to worry about your children. And chances are you’re going to meet some people in class that are in the same boat you’re in.
2. Volunteer. Volunteering is one of the best ways to meet people. It also helps you give back to your community and if you work it right, you can integrate your volunteering into your business. For example, if you have a pet-related business you can volunteer for the humane society or a rescue organization. You can blog or write about your experiences and promote the organization on your website.
3. Join your local small business association or other networking group. A quick search in your community will likely result in a number of organizations you can join. Organizations that are created just for people like you, entrepreneurs who want to get out and meet other people.
4. Start or join a mastermind group. A mastermind group is a group that is formed for the sole purpose of supporting each member to grow and be the best business owner they can be. A mastermind group will inspire you to grow, motivate you to take risks and be a sounding board when you need advice.
5. Join a local group. Whether you join a mom’s group, the local PTA, a sports club or your HOA board, joining a group can help you reduce a sense of isolation that comes from working from home. Be careful about joining, though – you can end up taking on more work than you want or need.
6. Get a job. Silly, I know you work from home so you don’t have to work outside the home. However, some mompreneurs choose to work outside of the home one or two days a week just so they can get out into the world and connect with people.
7. Social networking. Social networking is an online activity, to be sure. But online, simply connecting with others can help cut some of the isolation and many communities have “Tweetups” where other Twitter members all meet once a month just to be social offline.
No one said being a mompreneur was easy, but it is certainly rewarding. And with a bit of planning and the willingness to take action, you can nip that dreaded isolation and the side effects of it right in the bud.