Published on March 20th, 2018 | by Jose Vasquez0
How to Guard Against Isolation as a Startup Tech Company Entrepreneur
Startup entrepreneurs tend to be isolated: here’s how to fight back.
Entrepreneurship is one of the most demanding jobs there is. You’ll be juggling dozens of different responsibilities and working 60 or more hours every week. But the real psychological toll of entrepreneurship doesn’t usually come with the work you’re doing; after all, you’re probably passionate and excited about this job. Instead, it comes from the isolation you’re likely going to experience.
Why Entrepreneurs Feel Isolated
There are a few reasons why entrepreneurs tend to feel so isolated:
- Being the boss. You’re running the operation, which means you don’t get to be friends with all your employees. You have to be calm, confident, and assertive at all times, and that can take a toll on you.
- Being the figurehead. You also have to represent the company, whether you’re at a client meeting or you’re networking with new contacts. Putting on a corporate smile and expressing full confidence in your startup full-time can be exhausting.
- Minimal personal time. Because you have so much to do, you won’t have as much time for yourself as you used to. That means your friendships and family life will likely take a hit.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to fight back against this:
- Schedule more time for yourself. Don’t wait for natural openings in your schedule to spend time with your friends and family; go out of your way to schedule more time for yourself in the form of breaks and vacations.
- Be open with your coworkers. While you shouldn’t get too personal with everybody, don’t be afraid to open up to your partners and most trusted employees. They’re here to support you, in addition to supporting your company.
- Consider therapy. If you’re struggling to deal with the effects of your isolation, consider going to therapy. You may find some better coping strategies, or alternative ways to run your business that make you feel more connected.
Being an entrepreneur takes its toll, but you don’t have to be on this journey alone. If you’re looking for help with your entrepreneurial journey, contact me today!