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The Lonely Road of An Entrepreneur.

Are you on this journey? This one called Entrepreneurship. The current trend that's actually hard as fuck?! Well if you are then you'd know that one of the major challenges you'd face is loneliness. It's not that there aren't people in your life, it's not that you've been abandoned by your family and friends and everyone suddenly stopped loving you. No. It's basically that you carry a vision that more often than not, only you bears. Your family and friends and loved ones may not see it so may not be able to efficiently support you, it's never easy and everyone is running their own race so finding someone to run yours with may be exceedingly difficult, challenges, pitfalls, setbacks abound and most times, especially at the start, you'd feel extremely alone. That's when Naija Startups (@naijastartups) sent me this, I was excited to share with everyone who's in that place. Some of the tips may help. 

How to overcome loneliness as an entrepreneur

The entrepreneurship journey can be a lonely one, with having to work late nights, long hours and weekends, going risks alone, being focused and tunnel visioned when no one else believes in you and even skipping social events and holidays for the sake of the business.  The image above captures perfectly, what life can look like as an entrepreneur. (Source:

While it is lonely at the top as a business owner, particularly when you have already formed your organisation, there are ways to avoid loneliness. Here are some tips on how to do so:

1. Find a community.

It is important to network with people just like you. Building a community with other founders almost always inspires and remedies loneliness. This can be a physical community or a virtual one. Naija Startups offers a great virtual platform for you, not just to network but to also learn and gain inspiration or even make an impact on other business owners. You can join our tribe via the link here. We also organise in-person events and have one coming up in October which is free for all tribe members. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or finding out more, kindly click here.


2. Prioritize your relationships. says: "While it may make you uncomfortable at first, you’ll need to prioritize your relationships. As an entrepreneur, you won’t be able to balance entrepreneurial hustle while trying to be friends with everyone. Keep up the relationships you find value in maintaining long-term. There’s nothing wrong with acquaintances or new friends, but you’ll be more relationally satisfied by keeping a core group of friends and investing the time in maintaining those relationships – not building too many relationships that you inherently forfeit depth." They couldn't have said it better.


3. Cowork.
Coworking spaces can be distracting for a business owner sometimes. However, there are certain coworking spaces where you can work alone (in a private office or booth) but still, amid a variety of other businesses within the same space or building. This means you can retreat to work or network/socialise whenever you want.

4. Become more assertive.

Not only does this help you prioritise more when it comes to relationships but the opportunity cost of saying 'yes' to everything means that the people more important in your life – your spouses or partners, close friends and family – take the back seat. As a busy entrepreneur, you only have so much time to work with. Whether it’s certain relationships or calendar obligations, say no to the good so you have time for the great. (Forbes)

5. Work with a mentor.

Your mentor has most likely been down a similar road and has hopefully overcome it. It therefore makes sense to talk with him or her not just about business or cerebral stuff but about life and strategies for balancing a healthy life and overcoming loneliness. 

6. Remember who you are.

It is easy to get lost when trying to mesh within a community. There is nothing worse than non-authenticity as an entrepreneur. In trying to combat loneliness, it is important to remember that your gifts are different from those of others. Many times, the insatiable desire to create or innovate is both the blessing and the curse of an entrepreneur. So, stay authentic.


  1. As an entrepreneur,I can relate to this points but as simple looking as it is,it ain't easy to achieve..God help us..TNHW

  2. Been an entrepreneur is not easy, it comes with a lot of trials.

  3. Wise nuggets,....and also applicable to other spheres of life. Chrisyinks


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