The Guide to Running a Booming Business Even When Your Child is Sick

You’ve got the momentum going. You’re in control. Your business is blazing.
 
Until late one night, you hear that sound. That cry.
 
You know the one I mean. The one that can easily crush your week.
 
Your little one has a high fever and won’t let you leave his side for a second. You’re on round-the-clock ice chip duty.
 
Time to change deadlines, juggle orders and reschedule meetings. And fast.
 
And let me guess. Now that your child is sick, you’re wondering, Can I really run a booming business and still be a caring mom?
 
Well, I’m here to tell you yes, you CAN.
 
As a mother of a 2 year old boy, I know firsthand that this is part of the “mom entrepreneur” package. But – you don’t have to choose one or the other. You can do both. And I’m going to show you how with my “guide to running a booming business even when your child is sick”.
 
 

Step 1: Plan ahead

Break bigger projects up into smaller chunks with individual deadlines, so that if you need to delay something, it’s a fraction of the project, not the entire thing.
 
 
 

Step 2: DO ahead

Commit to completing some of your regular activities in advance so that when a crisis emerges, you’re ahead of the game.
 
If you blog, create posts 2 to 3 weeks ahead of time or have a couple written and saved for emergency situations. For social media, use scheduling tools like Hootsuite to program updates days in advance.
 
 
 

Step 3: Automate

When you automate your business processes, you can actually be in two places at the same time!
 

  • Use e-mail management software to schedule your blog posts in advance and to create autoresponders.
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  • Use e-commerce software like Shopify to collect and process payments.
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  • Use an online scheduler like Schedulicity to automatically schedule or reschedule your commitments.

 
 
 

Step 4: Delegate

You need someone — an employee, a trustworthy friend, or dependable family member — as your safety net, to be there for you when you really need support.
 
Don’t wait until the last minute to make that person familiar with the ways things flow in your business. Create a contingency plan by listing the things this person will need to take care of in case of an emergency and providing the key tools they’ll need to support you. They might need a link to your calendar (to reschedule appointments) or the password to your client management system (to get in touch with clients).
 
And for more info on delegating, be sure to pick up my free guide on mastering delegation skills at SystemsRock.com.
 
 
READY FOR A CHALLENGE?
 
If your multiple responsibilities tear you apart and every crisis situation causes major setbacks and frustration, I challenge you to get started this week by applying at least one of the above strategies.

Which one of these steps are you going to act on first? Share with me in the comments below.

 
 

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Natasha Vorompiova

Founder at Systems Rock
Natasha Vorompiova is the founder of SystemsRock, Certified Quiet Power Strategy Coach, and creator of Systematic Success 2.0.Her clients are small business owners who start their businesses with passion and a desire for freedom, but find themselves stuck and buried in day-today operations.Natasha creates systems that ensure clients get more done in less time and pave the way for greater profits and long-term success.
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5 Comments

  1. suparna

    So very true… been there and done it.

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  2. Felicia

    This is great! When my little one get sick I feel as if the entire world should stop. Luckily I do have a personal assistant that I contract a few hours to a month just so she can be my eyes and ears. I also use hootsuite and instead of mailchimp I’m using AWeber.

    Great post!! Thanks for sharing
    Felicia

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  3. Anne

    Exactly what I”m dealing with today! Great post Natasha…

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  4. Nicole

    Great post. I run my business out of my home and I’ve just started to put things into place so that my husband can help out if need be. I carry inventory, so I’ve just reorganized everything so that it’ll be easy for him to find things quickly to ship. Goo tips!

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  5. Katya Barry

    Natasha, what a great post and it came at the right time for me as my daughter has fallen ill over the weekend and I’m keeping her at home for a few days. I already use all of the above strategies but it’s just such a good reminder that work doesn’t have to stop because the LO is ill.

    Thanks and hope your boy is staying healthy for you!

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