Want to know the worst feeling in the world when you’re a small business owner?
It’s when you feel the first inklings that you’re getting sick.
You know the signs. Sleep the night before may not happen. Your energy is running dry, or you get a tickle in the back of your throat. You think, “I’m getting sick. I can’t afford to get sick! I have too much to do this week!!!” As a small business owner, it’s not unusual that everything is on your shoulders. Your customer service, marketing, daily tasks, sales, EVERYTHING goes through you. And if you’re too sick to be there, then your business is going to grind to a halt until you get better.
That’s why I believe that every small business owner should have an Entrepreneur Emergency Survival Kit! This is for when something unforeseen happens in your life that prevents you from being at work. Whether it is getting sick, having a family emergency, or just a 100% necessary day off, having a survival kit can be a lifesaver when all you want to do is lie in bed and look at dog photos on the internet!
So, here are some of the ways you can prepare for when you are unable to work:
When you feel like you’re getting sick, the very first action you want to take is to go through your weekly to-do list. You will want to make sure you’re checking to make sure that you have nothing essential coming up. Pushing back the little tasks that can wait is a vital part of setting yourself up for “sickness success.”
Planning like this is infinitely simpler when your business uses with a Project Management System. Whether you are using Teamwork, Asana, or Trello, having all of your tasks laid out in front of you will make it much easier to shuffle your schedule in the event of an emergency.
If you don’t have time to set yourself up with a Project Management System, I’d be happy to do it for you. I’ve done this with dozens of my clients! They are stunned at how much easier it is to keep track of tasks with a professional system.
Another way you might keep your business organized is through your calendar. It’s where you see all of your appointments and meetings coming up, along with things like birthdays, vacations, or workouts. If you hire me to set you up with a Calendar Management Solution, we can optimize your daily schedule to manage all of your upcoming appointments better. When you’re sick, having a calendar management solution in place will make it much easier to clear your schedule and make sure that you have the time you need to recover.
One of the rules of an effective digital marketing plan is regular posting. If you see a company that only posts once in a blue moon, it looks like they don’t care about their social media or engagement with their customers. That’s not good for their brand OR their marketing campaign.
Small business owners should diligently make sure they post something every single day. But if you’re sick and stuck in bed, one of the last things you’re going to want to do is write a bunch of social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The solution is to write your social media WAY in advance!
If you write a month’s worth of social media content and put it into an editorial calendar, then you won’t have to worry when something comes up that pulls you away from work. The posts will already be there. And if you use a service like Later, then you won’t need to post anything at all because it will do the posting for you.
Of course, if you hire a virtual assistant to take care of your social media, you wouldn’t need to worry about any of this. A month’s worth of posts will be written way ahead of time. All approved by you and scheduled to go out without you having to lift a finger.
If you’re feeling terrible with a sore throat, the last thing you want to do is talk with clients all day. That’s going to be stressful while also making your throat feel even worse.
One of the ways we can help is to offer offline client care by temporarily handling all of your calls. Follow up, customer service, technical support calls, we can take them all for you. If there is an emergency or something that only you can handle, we can fire you off a message at a moment’s notice. But for the average everyday calls, we have you covered.
We offer the same kind of service when it comes to online client care! Don’t want to respond to emails, chats, or responses on social media while you’re trying to get better? We can handle all of that for you too! Our Email Management Services can dramatically cut down on the number of emails you need to deal with daily.
Clients who give this service a try often find that it frees up upwards of a half-hour or more a day. So, you might even want us to handle your daily calls and digital communication once you are better!
As you can see, having a virtual assistant team working for you is the ultimate Entrepreneur Emergency Survival Kit. I can take care of many of your daily tasks for you, reducing your already overstuffed workload. And when you feel like you’re coming down with the flu or a stomach bug, give me a call.! We can discuss how I can cover for you while you’re down and out in bed. Having a virtual assistant is the ultimate “break-glass-in-case-of-emergency” solution! Learn more ways a virtual assistant team can help in times of sickness AND health. I invite you to check out my completely free How to Use a Virtual Team to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back: Workbook.
I can “hold down the fort” while you take the time to feel better. Please feel free to contact me today!