The trouble with not being at full capacity for awhile means eventually you have to catch up! …at full capacity for awhile means eventually you have to catch up.
It’s been a long almost 5 months. 5 months of coping after losing a family member. 5 months of wondering why, thinking ‘if only’ and back tracking through our minds wondering if we could have changed what was to be. Life for my family will never be the same – it’s now got a different feeling to it.
You know, it’s hard enough struggling with a bereavement in any circumstances but when you’re self-employed there are extra things you need to think about.
- You don’t get compassionate leave
- You don’t get sick leave
- You don’t have any leave up your sleeve
- Your clients still need to be looked after
- Daily activities still need to be completed
- Bills still need to be paid
So, going back to my subject heading I spent a few months not operating at full capacity and even though the majority of my clients were being looked after (initially by my team members and then me as I started to take on work again) the reality is that I still had to catch up on bills, and other regular commitments.
For those of you out there who are like me, self-employed, it is important that you think about how things would be looked after if you had to take time off for awhile. It’s a rather sobering thought and not one I would wish upon you but definitely one you need to consider.
Thankfully I already had systems in place – a phone call and email or two and everyone was being looked after and I could grieve in peace with my family. I slowly picked up the reins again several weeks later but it wasn’t until end of January that I could even invoice for a full month of work. That kind of hurt the back pocket somewhat!
I’m sharing this because I want to encourage all of those out there who are running businesses of their own that to set up systems and have people you can hand things over to at short notice will help save your business in the long-term – when you’re ready to go back to it.
In the meantime, thank you to those who periodically check on me to see how I’m going. I’m returning back to normal slowly and one day I’ll be back to face-to-face networking and participating in in the mastermind groups I’ve enjoyed.