Finding community as you get older, especially as an entrepreneur, can feel almost impossible. Today’s episode comes straight from the heart. We’re diving into what community looks like as an entrepreneur and how to find that community.
Clocking In with Haylee Gaffin is produced and brought to you by Gaffin Creative, a podcast production company for creative entrepreneurs. Learn more about our services at Gaffincreative.com, plus you’ll also find resources, show notes, and more for the Clocking In Podcast.
Today, I’m being a little more candid with you guys. I think that as you get older it can get harder and harder to find friends or a community we connect with. I have found that so many people my age feel this way. So, if you relate, let’s dive in.
This comes straight from the heart, I want to talk about finding community. Whether that’s finding community in your personal life, work life, or whatever kind of community you are searching for. It becomes so hard, especailly for entrepreneurs. Working from home can make it a challenge, for sure. There are some weeks I can go a full seven days without seeing a single person besides my husband. You’re not going to the office, you don’t have coworkers to go out with. Entrepreneurship ends up looking like this for a lot of people.
Not only that, but after COVID so many people lost connections and community. Now, I know you probably know all of this. You’ve probably experienced this. The obstacles you have to face, mainly emotionally, make finding community so important.
Community can go so far beyond work environments, also. When you spend time even with work friends outside of work, you aren’t talking just about your job. You are connecting and sharing beyond work.
So what does this look like for you?
Look at your life right now. Evaluate the community that you have.
- You probably have your online community of friends. I know that I do, there are so many of my friends that I wish I could visit more or move closer. I have created some really great online friends.
- Then, you have your work friends. If you work in an office or have industry peers in your city. This could come from networking groups.
- Then you probably have your personal friends, the ones you choose. These are the people you want to hang out with in your free time.
- Then you have your family, the core of how you grew up and what you are now. And maybe, this is chosen as well.
Now, think about this community. Is it full of people you love, you want to be around, you want to spend time with?
Someone once said you are like the five people you spend the most time with. I think this can be true to an extent. But I also want to highlight that I don’t think you have to be exactly like those people. You don’t have to have the same career, interests, or friend groups.
In addition to that, I have friends who are entrepreneurs and own their own businesses and they get things that my friends who work in an office don’t understant. That doesn’t meant that we don’t connect in other ways.
Community is so important because it gives you a diverse group of people to connect with, lean on, run or even ideas by. When you have a great community you can learn and grow with the people you surround yourself with. Who you’re connecting with is influencing you. They give their thoughts and opinions into your life. Make sure you choose your community wisely.
Why has community meant so much to me lately?
Back in June, I turned 30. I realized that I had lost touch with a lot of my community within the last two years of the global pandemic. Becasue of this I have spent this entire year, so far, reaching back out to old friends. I’m trying to be more intentional in getting back into the groove of community. Now I have been pulled out of a work only mindset.
Without community, I don’t have anyone to spend time with away from work. I don’t go out on the weekends, I don’t go out to dinner, I was never being pulled outside of work. I found myself buried in my laptop on the weekends, time I should have stepped away to rest. I don’t like that version of me.
There are times where hustling, for lack of a better term, is totally necessary. But these times were different. I had nothing else to do, so I just worked to work. I was not being challenged, I had no community, I was not becoming my best self.
How do you find this community?
This can be kind of hard. I feel like I have built a really great community. A core group of personal friends, great industry peers, amazing internet friends, and awesome family. But sometimes, finding friends in your 30s especially as an entrepreneur working from home can be super hard. But there are a few things I think you can do.
- Reconnect with the friends you lost touch with
- Find networking events, connect with people in your field online
- Find community at local events, church, get out of your comfort zone
If you’re looking for community ,reach out. There are people out there. If you need someone to reach out to, talk to me. Email me or message me on Instagram. Community is out there.
One of the reasons I even landed on this topic is because I’ve been working on a dream project of mine for two years. This project is Mic Check Society. I wanted to provide a place where podcasters could connect with a commuity. Whether you’re totally new to the podcasting world or a podcasting vet, this is a space where you can meet peers and build deep connections. This was my entire concept for Mic Check Society.
Mic Check Society
Today’s episode is brought to you by Mic Check Society, a community for podcasters. Each month, I’m dropping an exclusive training, hosting a monthly hot-seat call and coworking sessions, plus you’ll get access to our members-only Slack channel to connect with and network with other podcasters! Make sure you head here to get your name on the waitlist and be the first to know when we’ve launched to the public!
Check out the Show Notes:
Finding Community as an Entrepreneur (0:55)
Your Community (2:10)
Why Community is so Important to Me Lately (5:29)
How to Find Community (7:15)
Reconnect with Friends (8:00)
Networking Events (8:30)
Mic Check Society (10:25)