Tips for Tackling Loneliness being a Recruitment Entrepreneur

August 24, 2020 8:26 pm Published by

I’m a huge believer in collaboration to get results. And as employees we spend so much time with our colleagues, some of them become our best mates along the way. Us recruiters are a chatty, sociable bunch who love a gossip over a lunch-break. So what happens if you are one of those team players who wants to go it alone and start a recruitment business?

“I’m great at working independently and as part of a team”

The chances are you’ve either said this, or heard it from a prospective employee. Plenty of us can and do thrive doing both. But it’s one thing working on a project independently and another setting up a recruitment business on your own.

Sure, you’ll still be talking to your network – those clients and candidates who love what you can do for them. But you’ll lose access to those colleagues around you who galvanise, help and support you through the tough times. And learning how to start your own recruitment agency will come with risks and rewards on a scale you won’t have experienced working for someone else. So you could find it hard not being able to share the experience with colleagues.

Working for yourself might mean working from home as you establish your new recruitment business. So you’ll have to adjust to going from being the top recruiter at your old firm to being the primary parcel receiver for your neighbourhood.

So what can you do to make sure you don’t get lonely and start talking too much to the busy postie when they knock on your door?

Get social online

Yep, it’s time to do some bedroom networking. Don’t do this just to promote your business, but use it to find a community of like-minded people who get what it’s like being an entrepreneur starting a business.

Chatting through a screen is better than going days without speaking to anyone. And studies back this up, showing that people who feel connected to a group are more likely to be happy with their lives and have a stronger sense of purpose and security.

There are Facebook groups, Zoom networking events, recruiter conferences, podcasts, live chats and many other ways to get connected. And they’ll be in the same situation, so it’s a chance to share your experiences and to grow a valuable network of business-minded recruiters around you.

Don’t see them as your competition, let them be your collaborators.

Work away from home

Working from home doesn’t have to be your spare room. And if you share your living space with others, then a change of scenery can be a big help. Cafes are great for a few hours. But not every table will have a socket to plug in your laptop, and you could develop an unhealthy caffeine dependency if you spend all day there.

Libraries are another space you can go to for a desk, a socket and some quiet time to concentrate. As long as you don’t get there when Toddler Story Hour is beginning!

Co-working spaces are popping up all over the place now, and they can offer a great way to get that office vibe and general chatter that you may be more used to. They’ll have the space and resources you need to put in a full day’s work, and they offer the chance for you to network and meet other entrepreneurs and freelancers.

Attend events

Admittedly 2020 has pushed many of these online – but hopefully, these will return and you can take advantage of them. Workshops, conferences, live chats and networking events are a great way to meet new people. And there should be local events you can join if the expense and time spent travelling to events doesn’t appeal.

They’re also a chance to learn new skills and keep across trends and changes in the recruitment industry. You’re never too experienced to learn something new.

Consider a partnership

There’s a lot to take on and consider when you go into business alone. It’s no longer all about recruitment. You’ll have to learn about overheads, IT support, payroll – a whole list of considerations that will be on your shoulders.

Related: Start your own recruitment business: A beginners guide

One way to get that collaborative support when you’re setting up your own recruitment agency is to consider doing it under the JMC Partners brand. We offer successful recruiters a chance to create their own business their way. But you get access to training, lots of back-end support and the chance to learn from mentors who know what it’s like to be your own boss and start a recruitment business at home.

Find out more about joining JMC Partners.


Jason Connolly set up JMC Legal Recruitment in 2016 when he was still in his 20s. JMC Legal quickly established itself as one of the big players in the industry, and Jason has also become a well-known fixture in the press, offering advice and support.

JMC Partners is looking for recruiters interested in starting a business partnership under the JMC brand. Find out more here or contact our office for more information.

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