Hello my happy little bunch,
I’ve been absolutely atrocious at updating my blog just recently. I’ve been so busy designing and uploading products into my Etsy shop I haven’t had a moment to think about content for a new blog post.
But this one has been brewing in my mind for a few weeks now.
When I initially left my full time office job I was under no illusions that running a creative business from home wasn’t going to be easy. The first year of any business is difficult and believe me, only a few months in and I’ve been tested.
It would be so easy to give up, but that’s just not my style. Plus, the thought of working in an office again makes me want to run and hide in a cave. Bleh.
I’ve struggled with not having a regular income to rely on. Luckily for me my partner is supporting us financially, but that makes me feel a bit like a failure for not bringing more to the plate. All the more motivation to make it work though.
I’ve struggled with mind block. I had to take a few days away from the business during the month because I felt totally lost. My shop is new, and I feel like defining my brand has gotten the better of me and I’ve lost my way. Luckily after a few days break it was like the clouds parted and I could see what I needed to do again! Phew.
I’ve also struggled with the work load. I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to create more. But that’s not what I need to be doing right now. What I’ve created I am happy with, but I do feel like some of it doesn’t fit with my brand. And that is just because of the pressure I put on myself.
But what’s the main downfall? Well..
My #1 downfall of running a creative business from home
Pure and crushing loneliness (some days).
I have my partner, and my dog, but some days I just crave human attention. And do you know what? That’s because I’ve been so focused on my small business I’ve sort of pushed my other relationships to the wayside (sorry friends).
It’s not every day either. I’m quite an introvert and so I’m fairly comfortable with my own company. Some days even seeing other dog walkers on my morning walk is a bit much, then others I can’t help but stop and chat with them. Just to be speaking to someone.
And there is absolutely no shame in admitting that you’re lonely. In fact until you admit you’re lonely, you can’t deal with it. I finally sat with my partner and opened up about this, and as always he made me see sense again.
Loneliness can be easily overcome.
Arrange a date with some friends.
Get on the phone and reach out to your friends. Text them, ring them, message them on Facebook, it doesn’t matter: reach to them. And if those friends are worth it I can guarantee they’ll love to hear from you.
But don’t just agree to hang out, arrange a date with them. Go for dinner. Visit the cinema. Make it a bit more an event. Get dressed up and make it special.
Making it a bit more special stops it from feeling just like an every day occurrence. It is a social EVENT. Make it grand. You’ll feel so much better for it.
Find an online tribe.
There is so much talk across various blogs I follow about finding your tribe, but I didn’t really understand what it meant until quite recently.
Offline I already have a tribe. But online I don’t really know anyone, let alone any small creative business owners who are maybe going through the same struggles as me.
That is until I stumbled across a Facebook networking group. Now I know what you’re thinking, like4like networking is terrible. But this group is different. We network in such a way that we build bonds together, we work on reaching new audiences together. It’s not just a case of throwing a link on a comment and giving it a like.
Those guys are my online tribe. I know they are experiencing the same struggles as me, and we can support each other through those struggles.
I can’t advise you more about finding an online tribe. Etsy also has lots of teams, there may be something on there if you don’t use Facebook.
Find someone to work with.
Yep, that’s right, reach out to any other people you know who work from home and see if they want to hang out and work together for a day or so a week. Not all of the time as that would just be distracting for both of you.
Even if you’re both busy working having someone to hand to idly chat with, or to ask their opinion on something will be absolutely invaluable. You can even both take a lunch break together.
Having human contact even just for a day or so a week will be helpful.
I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me.
Sophie – One Little Happy Thing