What To Do When You’re Ill…But Still Have a Business To Run.

Jessica Beauchamp
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We are human and we get sick. That is just simply something that happens. As much as it sucks, it is beneficial for building our immune systems and provides our bodies with the necessary rest that is often quite difficult to resist. Now, there are essentially 4 things you can do if you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, sole proprietor, and so forth.
They are:

  1. Let the business lay dormant as you care for your needs.
    This is not recommended if you want to continue to see positive growth in your business.
  2. Fight through the illness and still continue working as if you were not sick.
    Also not recommended, if your body is demanding that you rest then listen to your body. If you don’t care for yourself well enough by giving yourself the adequate rest that it needs then your body will only take longer to recoup and heal. Rest now so that you can get back to work sooner rather than later. Plus, your work won’t suffer due to a cloudy mind and fatigue.
  3. Utilize automatic schedulers.
    There are great automatic schedulers that should be a part of your on a daily basis to allow for the emergency times and to allow for optimum viewing time. You really shouldn’t be manually publishing and posting as it is, so jump onto the automatic scheduling train while you feel healthy before it’s too late and you really wish you had. Here are a few worth checking out:

    • If you run your own website through WordPress then there are plenty of plugins to help you with scheduling posts and products directly to your social media sites. One of our favorite plugins is Nelio Content. It’s an editorial calendar with the ability to schedule posts at different intervals of time according to your editorial schedule.
    • Another of your personal favorite is Buffer. It allows you to schedule media across different platforms to different social networks depending on your editorial schedule as designed by their optimal time scheduler or by your preferences. Plus, there is an amazing plug-in feature that goes along with the app if you’re running Google Chrome.
    • A great auto-program of a sort is IFTTT. It sets up recipe cards where “if that then this” is performed. This also works really well for feeds when posting that can automatically be shared to different social medias. It works well for adding missed phone calls to your to do list or creating tasks from starred items in your inbox. There are a whole slew of items that can be done through IFTTT, ranging in the form of personal to business so it’s definitely worth a look.
    • There are many more great and wonderful auto scheduling programs, plug-ins, and features that work really well. So search for one’s that perform exactly what you want them to do and use them often.
  4. Hire a virtual assistant.
    This is something that can be useful for businesses of all stages. Virtual assistants are not only great for times of unexpected illness, they are also great for completing tasks that are mundane or that you simply don’t enjoy – or even one’s that are not highlighting your strengths as well and therefore, not ultimately making the most use of your time. Virtual assistants are nearly a dime a dozen for just about anything that you can think of and there are many platforms that you can search from for a reputable one.

    • TimeEtc. Virtual assistants go through a rigorous questioning process before becoming a freelance virtual assistant and even at that, they only accept about 5% of all applicants. A team will work together to help you find the right virtual assistant.
    • Upwork. Create a job and description and freelancers will put themselves forward to you.
    • Guru. Similar to Upwork.
    • Flexjobs. Post your job and wait for a freelancer to come to you.
    • See our team here on Jess and Co. USA. Jessica Beauchamp is a freelance virtual assistant and has been since March 2013.
    • Be diligent and do your research.

Do you have any additional advice for what to do when you are an entrepreneur that becomes sick?

Author: Jessica Beauchamp

Serves as lead Designer, Author, and Content Curator. Holds an MBA with a focus on global communications, studied Fashion Design, and has worked as an Editor, Project Manager, and Director of Education and Communications.

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