First of all, I’d like to say if you are thinking of starting an online business, congratulations! It is a very courageous endeavour with many upsides once you get into the swing of things.
It is everyones dream (at least the people I know) to work from home, filling their days with things they would like to do. Running an online business is kind of like that, except a lot of your day is filled with little working tasks, like writing a blog post – making content – taking pictures – client calls etc.
Most of my time is actually spent replying to social media messages and emails. Networking is THE biggest part of an online business.
I’ll stick to that despite what anyone else says.
So, how do you run a business when you have social anxiety?
Luckily the online world is pretty cool about that sort of thing. When you interact online through the computer, typing on profiles, it’s a lot easier because you have some time to think about the responses that you are giving. You can take a moment and generally, for myself, feel little to no anxiety.
When you have to network outside of “the profile”, by FaceTiming or Skype, it get’s a bit harder but it is still doable. When I first started using FaceTime to interview people I was nervous. I was so nervous I actually sabotaged a few meetings and hated myself for it afterward.
Now, I see that as a serious learning opportunity. Each time I sabotaged because of social anxiety I felt regret. I had this huge hanging question “what if?”. What if I had just completed the interview, what if I had been courageous enough to meet someone new today.
After you do it so many times that feeling kind of simmers down. It is always there in the beginning, but a bit smaller and it has a weaker hold on you than before.
My only advice would be to ask yourself: where is this feeling coming from? Is it because I’m worried that no-one will like me? Do I feel inadequate? Will hiding away help my business?
Slowly step out of your comfort zone. Try to meet one new person a week, you will generally find the world to be a pleasant place and the people you meet will do most of the talking anyway. All you have to do is ask a few questions now and then.
Take it from me, or Mark Metry host of Humans 2.0 Podcast, social anxiety can be conquered and a full-time online business can be developed.
You have it in you, I believe in you.
If you ever want to chat simply drop me a comment or send me a message on one of my social media channels, I’ll be happy to chat.
— Carlee xx.
You are Loved. You are Worthy. You are Blessed.