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Do You Have A Business Back-Up Plan?

Guest Posts, Entrepreneurship, PlanningRaakhee StrattonComment
 Do you have a business back-up plan? Learn why you NEED to create one today. No more procrastinating.

If you are self-employed and find yourself in a position where you can’t carry out your work, what will happen to your clients?

My visit to A&E

I recently became ill for the first time since becoming self-employed. It started off with mild headaches and by the end of the week, I found it difficult to look at light, my head was constantly pounding and became worse every time I moved my head. I was constantly sweating and by Friday, I added neck stiffness to the ever-growing list. I was still working throughout this but by Friday lunchtime, I sent a message to my client to say that I really wasn’t feeling well and I will be logging off. I’m not sure how I managed it but I completed all the tasks she needed me to do.
 
After calling NHS Direct, I was advised by the on-call doctor that I should immediately go to A&E. He mentioned meningitis on the phone but it didn’t register with me until I was in the taxi. The waiting time at the hospital was four hours but I was seen incredibly quickly and the nurses and doctors who looked after me were friendly, quick and efficient. I was only in the hospital for about five hours and while I was there, it got me thinking: if it turned out that I was seriously ill and needed to stay in the hospital for a few days, what would happen to my clients?

Hit by a bus plan

I had heard people mention the ‘get hit by a bus’ plan but it was something I had never thought about seriously. Before I started my business, I had always been an employee so if someone was off sick, it was the responsibility of my employer to deal with the workload. More often than not, any extra work was shared with colleagues.

Do you have a plan?

After being discharged from the hospital, I posed the question to other small business owners asking how many of them had a back-up plan; some said it was on their to-do list, some said it wasn’t something they had even considered, but only a handful said they had a plan. By raising the question, it made a lot of them think about the seriousness of what would happen to their clients and their businesses.

Another SME story

I recently arranged for a company to clean my windows and guttering. After confirming to the owner that I was happy with the quote and wanted to proceed, it took a week to receive a reply from the owner to say that he had snapped a part of his Achilles tendon and had to cancel all his work.
 
Another week passed and I was surprised to receive a call from him asking if I was happy for him to carry out the work and would be at my home within the hour. I had mentioned that I was writing this blog and he told me that he didn’t have a plan. He wasn’t in a position to lose any work and he had no-one else to carry out the work if he had allowed the hospital to put his leg in plaster. He also told me he had a heart attack a few years ago and was advised that he needed to take quite a few months off to rest, but he was back to work three weeks after being discharged from the hospital.

I have my plan. What’s yours?

Since my brief visit to hospital, I now have a note on my desk so my husband knows who to contact and I’m in the process of teaming up with another Virtual Assistant to take on my work so my clients don’t have to worry about who will carry out their work if I am unable to do it.
 
If you don’t have a back-up plan, it may be time to seriously consider your options and to put a plan in place.


About the Author: Raakhee Stratton
 Author: Raakhee Stratton

Raakhee Stratton is a Virtual PA based in Ashford, Kent and provides support to Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Authors. Raakhee has a real passion for helping business owners by managing their admin while they look after their customers.

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The Myth of Perfection (and How You Can Overcome It)

Productivity, Guest PostsMelanie ScrogginsComment

Perfection is a term we’ve tossed around for millennia. We strive to look and feel perfect because, in a way, we want to be perfect.

Whether we desire perfection for our business or our personal lives, there is something about making everything just right.

 Whether we desire perfection for our business or personal lives, there is something about making everything just right. But perfection is a myth, and one you should overcome if you want to achieve your goals. Learn how to do just that in this blog post on Alicia Grace Co.

Last year, I opened a business. I wanted to help people organize their homes. I wanted others to feel a sense of power and control in their daily lives, but I soon realized it wasn’t sustainable. I was the one organizing the spaces for my clients when it should have been the other way around. It didn’t make sense.

I quickly gave up my dream of owning my own business. I needed to bring in an income so I started looking for 9-5 opportunities again.

Over the course of that year, the idea of running my business kept prodding and pushing me. I wanted to pick it up and work on it again, but I didn’t know how to start.

I started and I failed. That’s it, I’m done, I told myself.

Fast forward, and here I am working on my business again.

The website is done, my client materials are almost finished, and now I’m in a completely new place I did not anticipate, yet I find myself scared. Again.

Scared of starting over. Scared of failing.

Then it hit me. I’m afraid to launch my business because it’s my idea. If it’s not what I think to be 100% ready, I don’t want anybody else seeing it. It’s ok if I judge my work, but I don’t want to leave it open to the scrutiny of others.

That’s what we do. We make something and are scared to put it out into the world.

I want others to be inspired and excited like I am, but the anticipation of sharing it only for them to see it as imperfect gives me anxiety.

Now, think about imperfection.

Imperfection allows us the unique opportunity to learn. Nobody survives perfection, but everyone benefits from imperfection.

If we were perfect, nothing would ever be good enough. Imperfection serves up the gift of growth, of new ideas and all sorts of possibilities.

Some of the best ideas are not original; they improve upon ideas that came before them. That isn’t because the new ideas are cheap, they provide a new way of looking at the same problem.

That’s the definition of progress.

As creatives, that’s what we do. We see problems and pursue a better way to approach them.

If we approached those problems aiming for perfection, we may never be able to solve another problem again.

When we start filtering everything through the eyes of perfection, we never seem to get there. We start to nitpick and criticize things we put a lot of work into.

Instead of unveiling our dreams, we isolate ourselves. Sometimes, we never share what we create because perfection is too far for us to reach.

Perfection doesn’t get to stop you from pursuing what you want to do. Perfection is a jealous master and it will never allow you the chance to progress. It will continue to keep you from ideas and opportunities you want to pursue.

For me, perfection no longer exists. If it did, I would never start anything.

Like all artists, our work is never done, and I think that is an ongoing battle of the creative.

Whatever tomorrow tells you not to do, today is begging you to do it.

To get out there. To say “this is me and this is what I have to offer.”


Have you ever run into a block because of the idea of perfection? How did you handle it?


About the Author: Melanie Scroggins
 About the author: Melanie Scroggins

Hey, I’m Melanie – the owner and creator of Mine Space. I’m from a small town in Texas but I currently live on the coast of Oregon in an RV with my husband and two fur babies. At Mine Space, my goal is to educate, empower, and encourage others to live a more simplified life. I truly believe that with less, you can do more.

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