There are lots of pluses to being self-employed – you can pursue your passion, set your own hours, make your own goals – and it can also be lonely. You probably aren’t going to share your business plans and challenges with your employees and there is only so much your friends want to hear. As a small business owner myself, I found it really helpful to participate in various business networking events where I could tap into the knowledge and experience of others. I also established a regular “virtual” coffee date with another small business owner where we bounced around ideas, discussed how to deal with a specific challenge or marketing idea. Sometimes it was just nice to hear a friendly voice on the other end of the line. Unfortunately, in the Frontenacs, we don’t have any business associations and very limited business networking opportunities and this may lead to some business owners feeling lonely and isolated. All this to say, if you need someone to bounce ideas off of, or wish to discuss challenges and opportunities that you are facing, we are here to listen. Our business counselling service is at no cost and we have a wealth of resources to tap into to assist you. If you wish to drop by for a cup of tea and a chat you may drop in by chance, or call for an appointment at 1-888-372-9962. Hope to see you soon.