One of the biggest challenges about running your own online business is that there is no one to fall back on. This means that it isn’t very easy to take a day off if you are sick of if an emergency comes back up in live. This is a problem I experience every so often, most recently because I was sick for a few days, which made working very difficult. So what do you do when you run an online business and you are not able to work?
1. Look for substitutes
Some people have others that they can turn to, to help them with their online business if they can’t do it themselves. So, if you have a blog that you post on regularly and you want to go away, you can get someone else to do guest posts while you are gone.
Having someone else do some of your work for you is a great way to give yourself a break, but make sure it is someone you trust, particularly if you are giving them access to any of your log in information.
2. Try to cut down
In any given day I probably have about ten things that I want to get done, and another couple of things that I plan to do if I actually get time. If I am struggling to get work done one day for whatever reason the first thing that I look at is which of these deadlines can be moved.
For example, it might be that only five of the things I planned to do actually have to be done that day. Also, if things get really bad there are probably one or two other deadlines that can be pushed to the next day if I talk to other people.
By pushing off deadlines and doing only the essential ones for a day or a few days, you can give yourself a break. If you are sick or there has been a major issue in your family, sometimes a break like this can be just what you need.
However, be careful about cutting down work too much for a couple of reasons.
First – if you rely on your online business for income, your income may dramatically decrease for a short period. This isn’t much of a problem if you have money set aside, but if you live week-to-week, it can be a bit more challenging.
Second – if you are pushing work off until another day, you may end up with work backing up. This means that you have a couple of days where you don’t have much work on and then days where the amount of work you need to do is impossible to do.
3. Put yourself first
I have a tendency to always put my business before myself, and in the long-term, this is not a good move. If you constantly put yourself behind your business, then you will tire yourself out and end up producing lower quality work and being less effective overall.