Successfully self-employed, but feeling isolated

Q. I’ve been self-employed for 8 years and have been operating my very own PR company. I’m profitable and it’s profitable, however I’m actually remoted. I would like coworkers. On interviews can I say I’m lonely, or does that make me sound like a loser?

A. First, congrats on constructing a profitable enterprise. That’s no straightforward feat! As to your isolation scenario, you’re not alone (pun not meant). According to the Gallup National Health + Being Index, earlier this 12 months 17% of Americans expressed vital loneliness. That’s equal to roughly 44 million Americans — that’s not insignificant.

You’re taking good care of your self each professionally and personally. During interviews you will discover the candy spot as to what feels most genuine to your self to say. Something alongside the strains of this might be acceptable for those who’re requested why you’re exploring jobs: “I built my own PR agency that’s successful, but one important thing is missing — camaraderie. I miss brainstorming with colleagues and having coworkers to bounce ideas off and celebrate wins.”

When I labored in recruiting, I recall some job seekers had been self-employed trying to work for an employer once more. Their causes different from not being profitable to needing and wanting mentorship, looking for steerage and being weary of getting to put on all hats always, from negotiating offers to processing invoices. It’s commendable that you’re recognizing what you might want to say throughout interviews. I recommend taking time to discover the corporate tradition and chemistry with individuals you meet who will grow to be your new work household.

Q. My boss informed me that to get a giant bonus by the top of the 12 months, I would like to fulfill sure gross sales numbers. I’ve already met them! He can’t pay me now, so he says. Can I simply chill and never work as laborious as a result of I’ve already met the purpose?

A. Congrats on crushing your purpose! I might nonetheless work laborious and never take your foot off the gasoline pedal. Why not begin on the lookout for a brand new job externally? You can put this accolade in your resume and point out you not solely met the purpose, you’re on observe to surpass it with time to spare.

Additionally, though your boss can’t pay you now, it’s possible you’ll wish to keep in your boss’s radar to make sure the bonus doesn’t fall by the cracks. Ask if the bonus quantity might be tied to much more numbers — are you able to leverage this milestone to set new objectives/gross sales numbers?

I’d proceed rocking out to your job as a result of it sounds such as you’re doing issues proper. This is why I might begin on the lookout for a brand new job: confidence is excessive, you’ve received momentum and you may be within the driver’s seat of making a brand new job with the next wage to match. You could get a counteroffer, too out of your employer for those who resign since they most likely know the way useful you might be and the way laborious it could be to interchange you.

Vicki Salemi is a profession professional, former company recruiter, writer, advisor, speaker, and profession coach. Send your inquiries to For extra data, go to and comply with her on Twitter and Instagram @vickisalemi./Tribune News Service


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