Working from home can be a tad lonely at times.
And it can make some people go a little crazy.
While I haven’t heard about any home-based entrepreneurs going full “Castaway” and keeping a volleyball named Wilson close by, I did see a story earlier this week where a man who works from home keeps naming his dog “Employee of the Month”.
The dog (who’s named “Meeka, by the way) consistently wins the award, and gets her picture up on the home office wall each time to celebrate the honour.
But it’s not like she doesn’t earn the award. According to her boss/owner:
“Transitioning to a home-based position was quite a change, It’s quiet here. You need to get yourself fired up and excited about the day. Having a faithful companion in the office certainly helps …
There are times that I’ll even talk to her as I work through a problem or map out a customer solution. I try out my sales pitches and presentations on her ….
I agree that working from home has its challenges.
It sounds like fun, but it can be an isolating experience.
You lose something that people who work in offices with coworkers have.
If you’re not careful, it can become the business-version of “solitary confinement”.
It’s been said that the worst punishment in prison is to be put in solitary confinement, and that prisoners would rather be out with violent offenders than in solitary.
It makes sense, since humans need interaction with other humans.
I’m not suggesting that working from home compares to solitary confinement in prison, only that entrepreneurs who do it should take steps to reduce the isolation and connect with others.
I’ve gotten some great testimonials from coaches who have been in my “10 Clients In 90 Days” group program, and one of the reasons why is it’s a constant source of support and motivation for them.
Last week I had a call with a coach who was in the last 10C90D that I did, and she admitted that she misses the weekly calls because they helped keep her on track and it was good to interact with the other coaches in the group.
If you’re feeling a little lonely and would like to get the same support for your coaching business, the next one starts up soon.
You can get more details here (if it’s not for you, you can always get a dog):