How I’ve Learned To Thrive With The Loneliness Of Self-Employment 

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From Fast Company, Ash Huang shares her insights and experience handling self employment and offers some great advice.  She writes:

 2. CHEER YOURSELF ON

Working by yourself can be a lonely experience for another reason, too. While there’s no one raising skeptical eyebrows about your work, there’s also nobody on the sidelines cheering you on.

So it’s important to learn how to cheeryourself on. I’ve found that that starts with embracing your own working habits. Come what may, you’ll know how to stoke your own inspiration under circumstances others would find distracting or unproductive—and simply developing that skill can feel empowering.

You’ll learn how to work when your couch and Netflix are calling your name, or exactly what Konami code to Google to get an answer.

4. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE ENDGAME (AS THOUGH YOU’VE ALREADY REACHED IT)

A popular tactic I’ve seen is to create marketing pages or press releases for products that don’t even exist yet. Envisioning the end product, and who you’re building it for, can keep you focused on the work. I’ll often think of a younger version of myself who would have loved to read that story or use that app.

5. JUST KEEP GOING

Sure, “keep going” probably sounds like overly chipper, vague advice—and it might be, but unfortunately, it’s some of the best I can give. Buddhists might remind us that everything is temporary. We typically regard this as an invitation to be present, to enjoy the good times, but we forget that it applies to the bad times as well.

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