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    Another topic you can't join into: "Payday is coming soon". I do mention sometimes that I get paid on like 4-5 different days on the month depending on the project

    I do see my friends almost every Friday and Saturday playing some games, socialising etc. I don't feel disconnected, also conferences here and there help me get some energy for 3-4 months
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    I certainly don't run the business and generally work a M-F schedule, but two years ago I joined a local men's chorus and I've really enjoyed the camaraderie. We are pretty good for an amateur group, and we do a lot of laughing in rehearsals. It's fun to watch it all come together a week or two before the concert, when it seemed that two weeks earlier it was all bound to be a disaster.

    I'm sure there's something similar in your area - music is good for the soul!

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    Yes, Maybe your are right, but Freedom is one of the happiest thing on the world and most of has this prezent in their lives, so we must not be so unhappy of this social disconetction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacingJim View Post
    One thing I am interested in doing is getting back into non-league football. I haven't been for a number of years, but I'm now interested in maybe getting involved in sponsorship, directorship, helping out the club in some way.
    That's a great idea. Gooner is there some kind of kids footy league there where you live? Maybe you could start coaching a team or something. That would be fun and you'd get some form of socialisation with the parents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    Good thread and something I've struggled with. Being a social person the isolation for me is an issue. I find everyone is different since Joe has no such issue and wouldn't change a thing.

    The freedom of working for yourself can't be bought. Being able to come and go as you please is priceless. However most family and friends are working or have to work in the morning so you are kind of out of sync with their lives. They can't do things at the drop of a hat like you can.

    You also must be disciplined so that you are not sitting in the chair too much. Health insurance is a major issue as well. It's expensive to buy it on your own.

    Back in August I stumbled upon a part time job that provides a full package of health insurance benefits. It's very rare because benefits are mostly only provided to full time employees. I also liked the job because it focuses on being social. I was hired and it seems to have solved multiple dilemmas for me without the burden of a full work week. And here I thought I was unemployable.

    Of course when I'm digging my car out from underneath a foot of snow to go to work there may be a different attitude.
    Especially after last winter.

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    I felt like this for a long time and then discovered a local co-working space for self employed people. It was ran and owned by the people who worked for themselves instead of being a corporate "we only care about profits" type of a thing. I made a lot of local friends this way and we partied, shared ideas and did all sorts of activities together.

    I'm actually using one of the web designers I met here on a close to full time basis these days, so it can be valuable for both Yourself and Your business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie G View Post
    I felt like this for a long time and then discovered a local co-working space for self employed people. It was ran and owned by the people who worked for themselves instead of being a corporate "we only care about profits" type of a thing. I made a lot of local friends this way and we partied, shared ideas and did all sorts of activities together.

    I'm actually using one of the web designers I met here on a close to full time basis these days, so it can be valuable for both Yourself and Your business.
    Sounds like a good idea.

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    I go to church every sunday and also on business days I try to attend ceremonies or just go for a while if I cannot attend the ceremonie. Saturday and sunday afternoon I go to mountainbike with some friends and during the week I try to reach the gym.

    It's important to have some structure. I remember the days I didn't have. I was up all night, going out even on mondays or tuesdays if I felt like. Now I got some more structure, which make me feel I have more energy, healthier and I work way more than before.

    I also try to attend sport events, especially games of the football and icehockey team I sponsor a bit. But certainly not every match.

    I wasn't punctual before, but now it can drive me up the wall if, for example a plan to go to bike with a friend at 10 am, be back at home 12 am, take a shower, eat and be at work at 1 pm until 6 pm, than go to eat somewhere with my family, is totally ******* up, because the colleague biker text me at 9.55 am he just woke up and will be there around 11 am, which practically will be 12 am...

    And about social disconnection... I got less friends than before. I lost some "friends". Working for yourself makes you realize more than ever that some people are just wasting your time.
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    If I want social connection I go visit facebook, which is a real boon to someone who has lived in many different countries throughout their adult life, If you think your social life is bad imagine doing 4 hours a day in rat race traffic then working for a boss you hate

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    I can totally relate to Gooners post as my lifestyle is practically identical ( right down to living in a rural area of New Zealand - I live in a small seaside town on a clifftop over the sea )
    Occasionally I get a twinge of missing the Corporate lifestyle ( I used to work in a Bank ) but it lasts all of 2 seconds and then I realize how lucky I am to not have to answer to anyone but myself and the tax man.
    I pretty much lead a retired lifestyle but still work from home if that makes sense.
    My Biggest worry is the thought of having to go back to working for someone if my Affiliate Business turned sour..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderpunter View Post
    If I want social connection I go visit facebook, which is a real boon to someone who has lived in many different countries throughout their adult life, If you think your social life is bad imagine doing 4 hours a day in rat race traffic then working for a boss you hate
    Facebook is not social connection in my definition of the term. Agree about the rat race thing though.

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    Balancing a life with a full time job 40h/week + 30-40h/week more on my sites at the moment. I am a very social person though so still find time to actually meet a lot of my friends during the week and weekends. This is obviously not going to cut it in the long run, exhausting, but for now it seems to work.

    I think key is to structure up things like people mentioned before. A bit of routines make the actual time sitting at the computer more effective in my case.

    The plan is to achieve some kind of freedom in the coming year or two. Looking like things are on the right track though

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