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4. Organize Your Own Functions
Once you've joined various associations and formed joint venture partnerships, take initiative and organize functions that bring you all together. These could be business-oriented networking sessions or purely social get-togethers such as a barbeque in local park. Either way, you're forging a relationship with people in your new arena, just as you did when you were working in a corporate office. The only difference is that now you must take initiative to forge these relationships. These are not people you are going to be seeing every day at office.
5. Join a Gym
You are, of course, health conscious and physically active, right? Of course you are! So, why not kill two birds with one stone ... stay fit and meet new people. If you establish a routine that allows you to be at gym at same time every day, you will run into many of same people and get to know them.
6. Use Internet
Making online friends is another way of staying connected with outside world. Be very disciplined here though. It's way too easy to spend a lot of work time on social email exchanges and in chat rooms. Don't fritter away your time, but do seek out and maintain internet friendships.
7. Background Noise
Sometimes, it's only silence that reminds you you're alone. If you come from a corporate environment, your workday was punctuated by constant background noise of telephones ringing, other people's conversations, hysterical laughter from other end of office and lunch trolley pages over intercom system. If you find absolute quiet irksome, turn on radio and have it playing in background while you work. Talk stations are good because it's like having other people in next room, but if you find yourself becoming so engrossed with talk topics that you stop working and start listening, switch to a music station.
There's no avoiding fact that making transition from a corporate environment to a home-based business is just that ... a transition. Most people will have to grapple with isolation monster in early days of their work-from-home career. But, as you can see, there are many ways of keeping isolation and loneliness at bay just by reaching out and forming new associations. Remember, just because you work alone doesn't mean you have to go it alone.
Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical business ideas, opportunities and solutions for the work-from-home entrepreneur. http://www.ahbbo.com