Entrepreneurship · Life

Is being an entrepreneur a lonely journey?

Ioannis MSc IT professional

September 18th, 2016

Many times I have heard of how when you are running your own business you are going to be on your own with a ton of sacrifices that will be required. Is being an entrepreneur a lonely journey?

Christopher Brunner Founder - Payments

September 18th, 2016

Yes, it can be. Bring in engaged advisors and build a family environment with employees as early as possible. This piece takes time and doesn't come easy. 

Renee Teeley Looking to join an early stage startup as a CMO or CCO - expertise in video marketing

September 18th, 2016

Here's a snippet about this topic from a recent interview that I did with Startup Savant. Hope this helps you as you move forward on your entrepreneurial journey.

Original post: http://startupsavant.com/an-interview-with-renee-teeley-of-startup-studios/

"I'm a solopreneur, so I spend a lot of time by myself in my home office/production studio. When I started my company I don't think I was completely prepared for how lonely the journey would feel. There are 3 big things that have really helped me:

I routinely go for "creative walks." I walk the same route every day, so nothing creative about that, but going outside for long walks tends to put me in my flow state. It's the time when I'm most productive.

I meet with other entrepreneurs on a fairly regular basis. I'm fortunate to have such an extensive network of entrepreneurs - some very seasoned and others struggling to start their first business. Meeting with other entrepreneurs on a regular basis gives me an opportunity to learn from them, but moreover, just a chance to connect with people that deeply understand the peaks and valleys of starting a business.

I spend time with people that I care about. This sounds simple, but it's very easy to get sucked into working all the time because there's always SO MUCH to get done. I think I'm a lot more discerning about how I spend my time now, but I try to be very present and make the most of my time with friends and family."

Idas Levato Founder Gugoiza.com & BizBono.com

January 10th, 2017

I've been letting my business run me. For too long. I'm damn tired and despite being busy , and getting out in the Startup world running events, I'm missing having colleagues so much. If I had more sense I would connect more meaningfully to other similar entrepreneurs at a co-working space 2 minutes from my home office. I'm a slow learner. I'm super shy but super social (an odd contradiction) so working in a random space takes courage for me and I forget to go. Social skills are easy in a regular office for me but in random co-working spaces, uch. Try to find a nice co-working space it should help. best, Idas

Guhesh Ramanathan CEO and co-founder at Excubator

September 19th, 2016

It is, but it doesn't need to be.  I always ... ALWAYS ... encourage entrepreneurs to spend time with other entrepreneurs.  NOT online, but face to face.  You'd be surprised how many kindred spirits you'll find.


Etienne Coulon Co-Founder at PointGreen Business & PointGreen Solution

September 18th, 2016

yes it is. Why? because at the end of the day there is always only 1 person to make and/or enforce key decisions

Nawaz Ahmed Founder CEO 5n Business Consultants

September 18th, 2016

Started my own consulting firm,Yes been living that lonely life from past five years, its all about being alone and handling loneliness and in process enjoying loneliness.

Rich Shadrin LEARNING MANAGMENT & DESIGN - Skilled leader proven to fuse business stategy & design to inspire performances & ROI

September 18th, 2016

There's no doubt that consulting is a lonely endeavor unless you can build the kind of client base whose challenges excite you. They become part of your inner circle, particularly when you solve their problems --- and often rehire you. When bringing on talent for specific purposes I look for passion and energy - people who are driven as I am to thrill to the problem and turn out fabulous work. Nurture your talent and your clients will nurture you.

Dimitra Papadopoulou Visionary / Creative / Business IT

September 18th, 2016

Not always. Find relative minds and it won't be. 

Rod Abbamonte Co Founder at STARTREK / @startupHunter / @startupWay / @CoFounderFound / @GOcapital / @startupClub / @lastminute

September 18th, 2016

Even when you have partners an entrepreneur life is lonely and miserable but exciting.

Ema Chuku Product Developer. Founder.

September 18th, 2016

It's a lonely, miserable and exciting (if passionate) world. And the reason is mostly because you will be thinking about your business all the time, which can lead to lots of compromises.

An example, I once told a lady for every 1 woman I spent time with equals time lost in acquiring 26 customers.

Now you figure.