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Fighting the "Home-Alone Blues"

Working from home doesn't have to be an isolating experience. Here are some networking tips.

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Are you a typical homebased entrepreneur frequently battling the "home-alone blues"? Try these ideas to fight off the isolation:

  • Join your local chamber of commerce or a homebased or industry association-and attend the meetings. Networking is critical to growing businesses.
  • Get out of the house. Schedule some meetings with clients over a meal. Or make sure you meet your friends or former co-workers for lunch or drinks at least once a month.
  • Take a class.
  • Attend conferences or trade shows.
  • Give speeches about your business. You'll not only establish you expertise, but it's also a great way to market your business.
  • Join forces with another homebased business owner. This is a great way to expand your client base.
  • Finally, reward yourself. Take some time off, but remember to spend it outside your home.

Excerpted from Get Smart: 365 Tips To Boost Your Entrepreneurial IQ