Starting a new business can be many things, and I think most entrepreneurs would agree that it is: scary and exciting, difficult and rewarding, even exhilarating at times. One thing many people don’t talk about is how lonely it can be. Often times as small business owners, we spend long hours at the computer, at home. Whether we are building an app, writing a blog, designing a website, or running the operations of a our small business, we are doing most of this alone. Unless you are a robot it can, and does get lonely from time to time. But don’t despair!
The great thing about Portland, Maine is that we have one of the most vibrant social networks for entrepreneurs! There are also three really amazing co-working spaces that I would encourage anyone working from home to consider joining: Peloton Labs, Think Tank, and Engine Room.
Regardless of whether or not you are a member of a co-working space, it’s always good to get out of work mode and socialize with other business owners. Here’s a short list of recurring events that anyone would enjoy, but especially all those lonely entrepreneurs!
Networking and co-working are both fantastic ways to connect with your community, get insight on how to grow your business, and make valuable connections with potential partners. This is all in addition to being the antidote for loneliness in the life of a solopreneur (I think that’s a word now even though Google is giving me the red underline!).
Here are some other organizations that have proven themselves to be great resources to any business owner in the Greater Portland area: Startup Portland (hint: check out their calendar), PROPEL, Women,Work & Community (I took their New Ventures class, check it out), SCOREMaine, Maine Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Maine Center for Economic Development (MCED). The list could go on, but I will leave you with this introduction to all the great people, organizations, work spaces and events that you, as a solopreneur will need to either start your business or continue your success. Good luck, have fun, and I hope to see you around town!