As a small business owner I find great joy in the various daily contacts that I make.
Many years ago I thought networking meant selling. It does not mean that at all! To network, you are communicating via a common thread.
The stone wall no longer holds anyone in. Networking can come from a blog post or comment, a tweet on Twitter, a post on Facebook, an email, or an actual conversation with a business owner, a banker, or it can be as simple as conversing with a person while standing in line at the post-office.
Owning an internet-based company in the country could be lonely. But it is not. I so much appreciate the contact. The contacts come with an added benefit, learning. Listen to your friends, your casual contacts, your customers. Really listen. We live in a fascinating world, a world full of brand-new knowledge, just waiting to be gained.
Who would ever think work could be so enjoyable?
My hope for everyone: work towards doing something you enjoy, and enjoy working it once you get there!