Running your own business when you’re sick

Running your own business when you’re sick

We all get ill from time to time, when you are an employee of a business you will be able to call up sick and take a few days to recover. But what happens when you are self-employed?

Self-employment and running your own business means that you only rely on yourself, and this can be tricky to manage when you are under the weather.

Never ignore it

One of the worst things that you can do is to power through it and ignore that you feel ill. In time, you will feel even worse and may end up having to take even more time to recover. It is a pain to think that you will need to stop working (and stop earning) for a few days, but in the long term, it could be even more of a problem if you don’t take the chance to get better.

Be honest with your customers

Once you have accepted that you need to rest, then you need to let your customers know that this is what will be happening. They may be annoyed that there will be a delay, but chances are that they will appreciate your honesty, then, if they are really desperate for the work to be completed, they can find someone else to do it.

Find a substitute

Depending on your type of business, you may be able to offer your customers a substitute to do the work on your behalf. Whilst you may not earn the money for the work, your reputation will be intact, and you should be able to retain that customer for the future. Just make sure that it is someone that you can trust, and that you will know will deliver.

Plan for a catch-up

If you rest, then it won’t be long until you are back up on your feet and ready to go again. This means that you should plan for the things that are most important to do once you feel better. Look at the things that are most important to get done, and put them at the top of the list. Reschedule meetings or unimportant tasks, as these are not quite as time critical and can be done at another time.

It may not feel great when you are self-employed and ill, but it really isn’t the end of the world. We all get ill from time to time, however, it is how much space we give ourselves to recover that makes the difference.

Don’t feel guilty about having to stop working for a few days, instead focus on getting yourself better. Not only will your business benefit from it, but your family will too.

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