Anna Verghese (left) and Chloe Leibowitz (right)


In this fourth instalment of our blog series on the support available to small business owners, we wanted to do something a little different and share a letter to you from our co-founders, Anna and Chloe. So if you run a small business, and you’re feeling lonely, this is for you.


Dear Small Business Owner,

We see you. We may even know you! You keep a household ticking over and your family fed. Do the school run and are the kids’ taxi service. Perhaps you have caring or support responsibilities for parents or other family members. You plan birthdays and special events. Family holidays and so on. You try your best to maintain your own social relationships and if you’re lucky you manage to fit in a little exercise or self-care. And on top of all that, you run a small business.

But in running that business, you’re feeling lonely. Isolated. Alone.

And that’s way more common than you think. In a 2018 review, 30% of self-employed people reported that feelings of isolation were either something of, or a significant challenge for them. But why is this?

To be blunt, it’s tough at the top. Really tough. And even though your business is small, that’s where you are. At the top. You have to be everywhere and do everything. There’s nobody more responsible for making the right decisions than you. And if you run your small business alone, you have nobody to share that with. There’s nobody to discuss things with, to challenge your thought processes and to hold you accountable for your actions and choices. And that can leave you feeling incredibly lonely.

Then if you add to that, the fact you work physically alone, and the fact that your business is (hopefully!) your passion, these feelings can be compounded further still.

But we see you. We hear you. And you know what? We’ve been there.

But if you’re a female small business owner, and especially if you’re feeling lonely, we’re here for you. The Tabono community is here for you.

  • Got stuck or need advice? We’re ready to listen and harness the experience of our team and our members to help you move forward.
  • Feeling low? We’ll be there to pick you up.
  • Something amazing happened? We want to hear all about it!
  • Want someone to hold you accountable? We’ve got you covered.
  • Want to learn something new? We have a team of resident experts, all ready to help you take your knowledge, and your business, to the next level.
  • Need to be with like-minded people? Come and co-work; network or coffee break!

So, small business owner, if you’re feeling lonely, it’s time to find your people. People that you can rely on and turn to when things get tough. Those who will be your cheerleader and your adviser. A team of like-minded women who will have your back, and know that you have theirs. If this sounds like you, come and try us out for a month. We, and the rest of the Tabono team, can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our tribe!

Anna & Chloe xx