How do small business owners combat loneliness?

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Four ways to stop the loneliness that sometimes comes with running a business.

Being a small business owner can take its toll. The long hours, unpredictable workload and constant uncertainty can be isolating.


Recent data published from Ultimate Finance states 73% of business owners admit to having felt lonely while running their business.


Our neighbours in New Zealand also agree. Craig Garner, Chief Executive of Business Mentors shared with the NZ Herald that 70% of New Zealand small business are one-man bands with no staff. He quoted “That's a lot of people working out of garages or working in their spare room and that's where the isolation issue comes in.”


So what can you do to bring back your motivational spark?


Dose Up Your Inspiration


Starting your day with a small business podcast is a great way to lift your mood. Try your ear at TEDTalks Business or How I Built This with Guy Raz.


Listen to these podcasts on the way home from the gym or in the 30 minutes before you start your business day. Your brain will be bubbling away before you even hit the laptop.


Keep It Fresh


If you find yourself cooped up in the same space day after day, it’s easy to feel cut off from the rest of the world. Aim to have one day out week to keep the fresh air flowing.


Why don’t you hit up a coworking space, coffee shop, public library, meet-up event or beach? The change in atmosphere will stimulate your creative brain and help form new neural pathways. You may even meet like minded people.


Plan For A Pause


A 2018 Deloitte report for Westpac found 63% of Australia’s small business owners say they won’t have a chance to relax over the holiday season. And even more claim they work through sick days and public holidays.


A way to combat the loneliness is to take time off. Remind yourself that it’s alright to enjoy a mental health day and connect with the people you love.


Be Brave


Make it a personal commitment to do one brave thing every day (something that really scares you)! Try cold calling a client, volunteering to be on the radio or learning a new skill. It’s in these moments of bravery, we grow.


Make a conscious effort to reflect on your achievements at the end of the week. You may be surprised how quickly those isolation walls will begin to crumble.


Talk To Us


Every business is different and it’s easy to get lost or confused. If you need support from a business specialist, we’re here to help from 8am to 11pm (AEST), 7 days a week. Simply call us on 1300 550 730, join us on live chat or email We’ve got your back.

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