How Solopreneurs Can Find a Community

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I’m often asked if I miss the social interaction that goes along with working in an office. Among the many joys of working from home, there can be periods of loneliness; often times the thing I miss most is the opportunity to bounce ideas off of a colleague. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to combat the solitude.

Join a professional organization: in the DC area, there are scores of them. Find the one that best suits your interests. I invest my time in Washington Women in PR.

Join an online community: I’ve recently found value in Facebook groups where professionals across the globe are answering each others questions, feeding tips and sharing tools. It’s a wonderful way to stay current on news and trends, too. Shonali Burke Consulting and The Nectar Collective are my current favorites.

Schedule lunches: Finally, there is no one watching if you’re decided to extend that lunch break beyond an hour. Whether its an old co-worker, or someone you just met at a networking event, invest in meeting new people – you have no idea what doors you could be opening.

How do you work to maintain and build your community?

About Elise Perkins

Elise Perkins founded ep communications in 2014 after seven years of working for trade associations and think tanks. Today she focuses on building brands for businesses and people, using a savvy mix of content and influencer strategies. She sits on the board of Washington Women in Public Relations.

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