Freelancers, work at home mothers and entrepreneurs can all get very lonely in the self-employed wilderness. Whether you are working from a beach in Thailand, or out of a basement in London, finding the determination to continue can be almost impossible when you work on your own.
You know you want to start your business, work from home, or even change the world, but there is no-one there to support you. That support might be a kind word reminding you that anything is possible, or a kick up the backside telling you to stop procrastinating and get on with it!
Everyone needs help at some point, so if you can´t find it from those around you, then you should go and find it online. There are so many forums, Facebook groups and websites where you can find people just like you, trying to do the same thing as you and struggling just as much as you.
Let me give you an example. My mission is to help mothers and the long term unemployed find work from home. I had the website on the cooker without turning on the gas for seven years. The demons of doubt kept telling me no-one would want to know because I wasn´t talking about making millions. They also said that other people were already doing it so why would anyone listen to me? So I tinkered about with it instead of giving it 100%.
Then I found the Social Entrepreneurship course on Coursera, and suddenly I was in a group where EVERYBODY wants to change the world. We may all have slightly different ideas, but we all want to give something back to society. I no longer felt alone, and was catapulted into a world where everyone was like me and I was making the connections I needed to take the project forward.
It is like the sun coming out on a cloudy day.
Whatever you are interested in, whatever business you want to start, there are people out there just like you. They can support you and give you the information you need to take the next step.
Remember you might find them in the strangest places, like I did doing an course at Coursera (which is free by the way!) Keep looking until you find a group that can help move forward and give you the encouragement you need to succeed.