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Keep Your Business Afloat When Sh*T Hits The Fan

When you run your own business, you can’t just drop the ball when emergencies happen. 

(If you’ve been trying to start a business but get completely off-track every time life occurs – you get a big tax bill, you’re down with the flu for a week, or a family member is ill – this may not be the life for you.)

Last year, my dad was in the hospital for 7 weeks, had two emergency surgeries and every complication in the books. I watched my mom, his wife and business partner, show up at the hospital every day – while she kept the business running. 

She saw clients nearly every day, and told me it was actually a relief to think about something else for a while. If my dad had a surgery or a procedure, she would organize appointments around it. 

As I’ve shared, I’m in a season right now where I can’t work as full-out as I’m accustomed. (T minus 7 weeks till baby girl Law arrives!)

This pregnancy, while healthy, has been more difficult for me than my first. I’m chasing a toddler around, and I’m running a business. 

Here’s how I’ve kept my business thriving without sacrificing my health: 

  • Focus on the vital few. In Monday’s Facebook Live I talked about the vital few – these are the activities that keep my business running. For me they’re client work, staying in touch with past and current clients, and staying in the orbit of people who refer a lot of work to me.
  • Stop being a perfectionist. I’m in a business building program right now and for the first six months or so, I wanted to be a perfect student. I would sit at my desk and listen to each module and take notes. I don’t have time on my calendar to do that now, so I listen on the go – while out for a walk, stretching, eating breakfast. Loosening up my own rules has made a huge difference.
  • Rest when I need to. The other day I texted my mom and said, I have no idea why, but I’m exhausted today. She wrote back, Honor it. So that’s been my mantra. When I feel tired, I rest. Then I focus on the most important tasks.
  • Get help. In the past six months I’ve hired a virtual assistant, a bookkeeper, and now two subcontractors to help me cover client work while I’m on maternity leave. The hours I’ve saved (by now probably more than a hundred) have been so worth the investment!

What do YOU do when sh*t hits the fan and you need to keep things running smoothly? Hit reply and let me know – I’d love to hear!

Have a beautiful weekend.

May 10, 2019

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