4 ways to combat entrepreneurial loneliness

a sad woman needing 4 ways to combat entrepreneurial loneliness

When you start a new venture, it's a frantic and ever-changing journey of launches, stretch goals and (hopefully!) rapid growth, all of which require you to be the driving force for success.

In other words, your free time has gone the way of dinosaurs and VHS tapes, your friends and family can barely catch a fleeting glimpse of you and you can't remember the last time you were able to just cut loose for an evening and have some fun.

Few people will tell you before you start that the life of an entrepreneur can be an incredibly lonely one. It's vital to take care of yourself and work on your wellbeing as well as your business.

If you're feeling a little isolated, use a few of these pointers and start reaching out:

4. Find your tribe.

Clearly ‘finding your tribe’ is easier said than done, but there are ways you can streamline the process. After all, it’s really important to have people to talk to about what’s going on in your life.

Part of what can be so lonely for an entrepreneur is that your nearest and dearest don’t ‘get’ it. They may not fully understand your chaotic business lifestyle, the stress of investment rounds and a team of people ultimately relying on you to keep things going and put food on their table. Talking to them about your day can feel alien to them, and unfulfilling for you.

You can find fellow entrepreneurs via MeetUp groups, or networking events in your area. You’ll be able to find common ground and even work through similar challenges you’re facing, all while working to form valuable business connections that could be mutually beneficial down the track.

If you want to test the waters online, there’s plenty of resources to explore. For a start, try Slack groups like Unicorn Think Tank or the Creative Entrepreneur Forum on LinkedIn.

3. Team up.

Entrepreneurship can really pile on the pressure, especially if you’re trying (or forced) to do it all yourself. And the act of letting go can be difficult in itself.

However, finding a co-founder can be beneficial for so many reasons: you can’t be good at everything, so finding someone with a skillset complementary to your own is great for your growth trajectory, you’ll have a close confidante and another person invested in your success. (And if you’re not sure what talents you need to look for to compensate for your blind spots, tools like F4S can help you identify the best co-founder for you).

If you’re not quite at that stage, participating in a co-working space can give you similar access to people on a similar path, and can keep you immersed in a supportive and motivating environment.

2. Do something for you.

Sometimes, loneliness isn’t about needing other people. Perhaps you miss a sense of freedom, or you have a yearning to engage in a favorite hobby.

Yes, you’re busy - busier than you thought possible - but it’s crucial to your well-being to make time for something that gives you joy, no matter how small. It could be a weekly yoga class, it could be a commitment to read two chapters of a good novel every night before bed, it could be taking just a few minutes out to meditate and ground your thoughts. Just be sure to make a little time to switch off from work - you’ll be better for it.

1. Speak up if you need help.

An isolating life can manifest itself in a variety of unhealthy ways, and anxiety and depression can be one of them. In fact, it’s known as a scourge in entrepreneurial circles.

It is normal to feel anxious at times, or despair over a setback. However, if you find these feelings overwhelming you, it’s critical to acknowledge them and know it’s okay to seek help. Emotional honesty can be liberating and you may even find that people in your network feel similarly.

Your mental health should always be a priority. Don’t ignore it.

Need help finding a complementary co-founder, or understanding your entrepreneurial attitudes? Our toolkit can help.

Combat loneliness with world-class wellbeing coaching.

Our programs were designed by world-renowned coaches. Sessions only take 5-15 minutes. Get started for free with your personalized program now.

My Coaching Plan:

Our expert coaches have designed hyper-effective programs that will help you improve your mental health, wellbeing, productivity, leadership and more.

Coach Marlee (your amazing AI-powered personal coach) will analyse your unique traits and goals to let you know which program to start with (and if there are any you should skip)!

Your recommended programs include:

Show more programs
Hide
A group of people representing team building

Team Building

Take your teaming to the next level in this high impact 9-week team coaching program with Coach Marlee. Discover and optimize complementary strengths and unique talents with your team, reach decisions together quickly, enjoy team cohesion, high energy and motivation as a bonded team.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
a person with a magnifying glass and sirkel representing attention to detail

Attention to Detail

Impress yourself and others with your attention to detail! Develop a genuine appreciation, energy and stamina for detailed thinking to execute your vision, measure performance in yourself and others while also accelerating your ability to learn and change.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a person wearing a crown representing personal power

Personal Power

In this high impact eight week program Coach Marlee will help you increase your comfort and confidence to be in positions of influence and leadership, navigate organizational politics and also help you develop greater confidence to compete and influence at the top of your industry or field.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a person with floating icons around representing multiplying your impact

Multiply Your Impact

Multiply your impact by embracing the experience and genius within others. During this eight week program Coach Marlee will help you to develop a genuine appreciation for experimentation and data and a willingness to empower the opinions, feedback and insights within your team and others in your life.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a person thinking of a problem having a gut feeling about the answer

Trust Your Gut Feel

Explore, strengthen and stand by what you believe in at work and in life. Trust in your ‘gut feel’ and point of view is especially helpful for influencing, starting your own business, having your personal needs met and for living an authentic and meaningful life.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a person looking on things with a wider persepective representing big picture thinking

Big Picture Thinker

Inspire yourself and others to see the bigger picture! Increase your comfort and use of abstract and strategic thinking to gain a broader perspective in work and life. Big picture thinking is key in communication, leadership, businesses, selling, marketing, and situations where you need to get the gist of things quickly.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a woman sitting down and reflecting representing reflection and patience

Reflection & Patience

Develop ‘step back’ mastery for increased self-awareness and developing mindsets and tools for constant improvement. Reflection and patience is core to consolidating learning, development, strategic thinking, recharging and living an authentic and meaningful life.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a person empowered for a fast start

Start Fast

Close the gap between your great ideas and starting them. Energy and drive for starting is key for inventing new things, starting businesses, selling, marketing, socializing or in situations where you need to think on your feet.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
illustration of a person cheering with hands in the air representing EQ increase

Increase EQ

Explore, develop or strengthen your emotional intelligence (EQ). Awareness of your and others’ emotions is at the heart of influencing, ‘reading people’, impactful communication, deep relating and authentic connection at work and in life.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week
Person with a dart aiming at a target representing Goal Catching

Goal Catcher

Inspire yourself and others to see and achieve grand visions and goals. A focus on goals is especially helpful for inspirational leaders, starting your own business, impactful communication, or for achieving awesome outcomes at work and in life.

icon of time
5 - 15 minutes
 per session
icon of a calendar
2 sessions per week

Testimonials

Trevor
This is some text inside of a div block.

“I learned to make real progress, take action, review”

Chris
This is some text inside of a div block.

“The new Team Building program by Coach Marlee is amazing! I always believe in team work, and understanding your team dynamics does the magic!“

Show more testimonials
Hide
Micky
This is some text inside of a div block.

“I found how to not give up!”

Kelly
This is some text inside of a div block.

“I learned how to chunk up and see the bigger picture before turning to the details”

Cruz
This is some text inside of a div block.

“This wellbeing program blew my expectations. At first I thought the program was just going to help me with weight loss, but as I went through, I got so much more. This program has helped me shift my entire thinking and attitudes about myself, helping me to prioritize my health and wellbeing. I feel amazing!”

Soledad
This is some text inside of a div block.

“Mind blowing! The Team Building program helped us resolve long-standing friction and misunderstandings in the team. Great experience for everyone involved!“

Raza
This is some text inside of a div block.

“As an engineer, I never thought about doing a retro with my family. This has been cool.”

Jack
This is some text inside of a div block.

"I have learned how to communicate better using every tool I have in myself, especially in learning how to use my tone of voice"

Related Articles

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare."

Name Surname

Position, Company name

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare."

Name Surname

Position, Company name

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare."

Name Surname

Position, Company name

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare."

Name Surname

Position, Company name

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare."

Name Surname

Position, Company name

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare."

Name Surname

Position, Company name

Head that contains a heart with line beating line.

Hack your wellbeing, productivity and goals

. . . with personal (or team) coaching!

Programs are created by expert coaches & delivered by our incredible A.I. Coach Marlee. Sessions only take 5-15 minutes and are 100% personalized to fit your unique traits and goals.
Try coaching for free
^ Click to chat with your AI coach!
v  CLOSE