Join a Coworking Space or Business Incubator
Especially if you’re a people person, starting your own business can feel a bit lonely. There’s no water cooler (or foosball tables) to congregate around, no team brainstorming sessions, no work buddy to celebrate your success or poke holes in your latest ideas.
Joining a coworking space or business incubator might help alleviate the loneliness while providing access to another source of valuable information—your peers.
True, coworking spaces and business incubators typically charge a fee, but the advice you get is often free. Plus, done right, a coworking/incubation space offers a lot of value for the cost. You not only get desk space, wi-fi, and copy machine access—you also get intangibles like social interaction, cross-industry knowledge, and emotional support from people who also are going it alone.
Two local co-working spaces/incubation spaces are WORK Petaluma and the SoCo Nexus.