The Isolation Monster and How to Slay It

Written by Elena Fawkner

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4. Organize Your Own Functions

Once you've joined various associations and formed joint venture partnerships, takerepparttar 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 inrepparttar 117571 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 takerepparttar 117572 initiative to forge these relationships. These are not people you are going to be seeing every day atrepparttar 117573 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 atrepparttar 117574 gym atrepparttar 117575 same time every day, you will run into many ofrepparttar 117576 same people and get to know them.

6. Userepparttar 117577 Internet

Making online friends is another way of staying connected withrepparttar 117578 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 byrepparttar 117579 constant background noise of telephones ringing, other people's conversations, hysterical laughter fromrepparttar 117580 other end ofrepparttar 117581 office and lunch trolley pages overrepparttar 117582 intercom system. If you find absolute quiet irksome, turn onrepparttar 117583 radio and have it playing inrepparttar 117584 background while you work. Talk stations are good because it's like having other people inrepparttar 117585 next room, but if you find yourself becoming so engrossed withrepparttar 117586 talk topics that you stop working and start listening, switch to a music station.

There's no avoidingrepparttar 117587 fact that makingrepparttar 117588 transition from a corporate environment to a home-based business is just that ... a transition. Most people will have to grapple withrepparttar 117589 isolation monster inrepparttar 117590 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.

Whatever it Takes

Written by Dave Balch

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We as home-based or small business folk are one-man (or woman) bands, too. At first, we have to do it all if we wantrepparttar best outcome possible. And even when we can afford to have an assistant, sometimes things have to be done after hours or at a time when that person is sick, on vacation, or busy with something else. When you haverepparttar 117570 "Whatever-It-Takes" attitude, you don't question it, you don't whine, and you don't put it off; you just do it.

Successful people haverepparttar 117571 "whatever-it-takes" attitude because they are more interested inrepparttar 117572 long-term gain thanrepparttar 117573 short-term pain.

So get out there and do whatever it takes to be successful. And you will be.

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