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It’s time to wake up, flash those pearly whites and take on the world yet again. Ready, steady….

I’ve left out the ‘go!’ here because let’s be honest, you’re not always in the mood to be the face of your company.

What am I doing?

Why don’t I just go and get another job like a normal person?

I’m all alone and there’s nothing I can do now.

There’s that word: alone.

It’s hard enough being a business owner and calling all of the shots. If you’re in an industry generally dominated by men, well, it’s even tougher!

When you’re working 24/7 and that pressure continues to mount, it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut. After all, your business relies on you and if you don’t bring your A-game all the time, everything will come crumbling down. If we were playing Jenga, you’d be that piece right on the bottom, holding all the other pieces up.

Unless you’re surrounded by other business owners, those around you don’t understand. Like everything in life, it’s not until you experience something that you can truly understand it.

“Oh it’s okay, if it doesn’t work you can just go and get another job.”

“Do you have to work again? All you do is work!

Like me, I’m guessing you may have heard these lines before. They’re true but they eat away at me. Failure isn’t an option.

So, how do you shake that heavy feeling of loneliness, especially if you’re a woman working in a non-traditional role running her own business?

Over the coming months, I’ll be posting an article series dedicated to exploring the different challenges facing business owners (with a focus on women but guys, please do participate if you feel as though you can relate). Most of these articles will include quotes and experiences from women working in sectors we’re not accustomed to finding females in.

Why am I doing this?

It’s simple: why feel alone in your business (regardless of who you are) when others are likely to have walked a similar path and may be able to help?

Often, silence is our enemy. We fake a smile and tell our friends things are going smashingly at brunch… we don’t reach out when we should… we don’t let go of things as quickly as we can.

By sharing these experiences, we might help to make someone else’s path just that little bit less bumpy.

Keep an eye out for my next article.

If you’d like to reach out and contribute or make suggestions for an article angle, you can email me at: info@sarahcannata.com.au