Ah-Choo! Should you run your business when you’re sick?

You’re talking to a current customer or a potential customer. Or, maybe you’re just looking over your blog or website. Then it hits you.

“Why does my throat feel weird?”

“Ugh! Is it supposed to be this warm in January? Or is it just me?”

Yep. This is happening. You’re getting sick.

What’s a young entrepreneur to do?

Here are some tips to help you take care of your business and, more importantly, yourself when you don’t feel well.

  1. Keep it real.

Be honest with yourself if you don’t feel well. The quicker you admit it, the quicker you can start working on feeling better.

  1. Consider taking a break from your business.

If your business is online-based, you might be able to automate part or all of your business, if you haven’t done so already.

Also, if mailing and shipping products is part of your business, your parents might be able to help with that, while you rest and recover.

If you meet your customers in person (example: babysitting, tutoring, etc.), then you should probably take a short break. The last thing you want to do is to make your customers sick, too.

  1. Tell your customers.

So, let’s say you (or your parents and/or doctor) decided to you need to take a few days, or longer, away from school and your business. Be sure to let your customers know. If you already had specific appointments set up, contact those customers and reschedule.

  1. Chill out.

If you stay home from school, use that time to get plenty of rest. Take the medication your parents bought or that your doctor prescribed for you and follow the directions.

You can also use this time to catch up on your fave shows, videos and podcasts. Other ideas: read your fave blogs or books, or write in a journal or on your own blog, if you feel like doing so.

  1. Get back out there!

Feeling better? Great! Now it’s time to get back to your business.

If you had to take a break and/or reschedule with customers, let them know when your business will be back on its normal schedule. And thank your customers for understanding and staying with you!

So, don’t freak out if you get sick.

Just know that you now have a plan, even when the unexpected cold, flu or other sicknesses tries to stop you.

And that should make you feel all better!

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