post by Stephanie Nelson
As the plague has descended upon me, I’m writing this post for myself as much as for anyone else. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned for taking sick time as a solopreneur.
Do what NEEDS to be done. Take a break. If you feel like going back a bit later, fine. Otherwise, let yourself rest.
- Be honest.
If a client reaches out with a request, set expectations appropriately. Don’t take on more than you can or should just because you’ve been asked. Everyone will be happier if you admit you’re sick, give yourself a little time to heal, and get the job done right rather than try to power through and end up with less-than-stellar results.
- An OOO message is your friend.
When you work for someone else, it’s typical that you use an out of office message on your email to let people know who to get ahold of in your absence. Even if there’s no one else to contact, you can use an OOO to let folks know you’re down for the count and when they can expect to hear back from you.
- Send out an SOS.
When you’re sick as a solopreneur, it’s not the time to try and be a superhero. Do what you’ve got to do to get better ASAP. Call in your spouse/significant other, friends, business cohorts, etc to help you. Need something from the store? Ask if anyone’s going. Need food? Delivery services to the rescue. Do whatever it takes to limit your downtime.
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