If you read or watch any news at the moment it can feel a bit daunting. It’s especially worrying if you have a small business and not know how you’d cope if you got ill.
But there are some easy ways to put your mind at rest and make sure you’ve got a plan in place.
1) Centrally place key information – so any passwords, important documents and contact information. You can use a system like Asana or Trello and keep everything together. Or even a excel spreadsheet. It just has to be somewhere you can access the information easily when you need it (or someone else can).
2) Schedule a few key posts on your social media over the next month. It doesn’t have to be loads if you aren’t a planner. But a few to get you through it if you are unwell so it doesn’t look like you’ve fallen off the edge of the world.
3) Contingency plan – if you can’t work (but need to) due to illness of other life issues you’ll need a plan. Is there someone who could take over for you? Is it time to look for extra support or a family member who knows what to do? Find them now so you aren’t doing it whilst unwell.
4) Draft some emails – to key clients or customers. If you save a draft email that you can just ping out advising of lead times or when you’ll be working, it will be much easier than trying to think through a fog of illness.
5) Put a timeline together – again this could be done on Trello or even a piece of paper or email. Just write down all the tasks you need to do and by when (including as much detail as possible). Then you could just hand it over to someone to deal with so you can rest up knowing it’s being taken care of.
Think of things that will help others at this time and put some bits together.
So for instance if you are a hairdresser and people are cancelling appointments. Get online and make some video’s on some hot topics.
If your clients aren’t booking at the moment, make sure you are sending emails or working on your email list if you haven’t got one.
Are there any courses you can record online to help other small businesses or people who can’t get out?
Lets all try and do a little bit extra to get us all through this as a community.
As a virtual assistant I’m used to clients booking my time in advance or advising me that they’d like to use me if it all goes a bit pear shaped.
If you aren’t ready to work with me yet but might in the future, we can chat and see if we are a good fit business wise. Then when you press the big red panic button it’ll be a seamless transition. So let me know if you want to book a call in xx