If you ran a business before you suffered your serious illness, you will probably find that the business suffered particularly if you were the sole operator of a home based business. However, if you are building an online business, then the chances of you being able to keep it running while recovering from an illness, greatly increases.
No doubt, like me, you wondered if you would ever be able to run your business again. Of course, this can depend on just how serious your illness was and what disabilities you were left with.
But everyone has to be prepared to slow down, especially at first. You may only be able to work for an hour or two at a time. So what you have to do is work out just what you can do and set yourself a goal.
Slowly you will be able to build on this, but recognise that you may never be able to do the ‘flat chat’ workload that you used to do. Consequently, your business may have to change. You have to decide what parts to keep and build on and what parts to let go.
Don’t let this distress you or you will not be able to get back to building your business up again. Hang on too tightly to all aspects of your business and both you and your business are likely to suffer.
Find short cuts. Instead of a weekly newsletter or daily post in your blogs, make them monthly. See if you can employ a local person (often school age children are suitable) to do some of the menial tasks for you e.g. filing, sorting, tidying. Many are excellent (and quick) when doing tasks associated with a computer or the internet.
In my case, as I could not read, I had to depend on someone else to read to me. Eventually, if my emails were short, I could slowly work them out; just needing help every now and then for a word that still evaded me.
I could write and enjoyed sending out information, but someone else had to place my text in the AutoResponder and send it for me.
I love writing; I have written a number of e-books and had two books printed. I also love silk painting and could still paint at a high level of proficiency. After my illness I was keen to prove to myself that I still had entrepreneurship skills. I decided to build an online silk painting course which took off like wildfire, with students from America and Australia. It was satisfying to realise that my entrepreneurial spirit was still alive and well. It certainly gave my confidence a boost!
I was also an international speaker and could still professionally give a talk, so I decided to build up my speaking engagements on a topic relating to my latest book ‘Thank God I Had a Stroke’. I immediately started to receive bookings.
You can definitely run a business after a serious illness, though it is easier to do this if your business is built around the Internet. If you haven’t already built an online business, then I would suggest that you give it a go. If you would like to discuss with me about how you might be able to do this, please feel free to email me.
Tips and Hints
When getting over a serious illness and trying to run your business again make sure you pace yourself. Take it easy. Give up some aspects of your business or get someone to help you. Above all, make sure you enjoy what you are doing.