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What If You Get Sick? Will Your Home Business Keep Going?

Jun 11, 2008
There's a lot to think about with your home business, but one factor often gets overlooked. What happens if you get sick?

I mean seriously, can't get to the computer sick. Not just "I have a cold" sick.

This is something that is going to happen to pretty much everyone at some point. And it's not just you getting sick that can be a problem It could be a family crisis that keeps you away. A natural disaster could knock you down. What do you do?

One of the nice things about running a website is that your earnings are often not tied directly to the work you do. If you freelance or sell things that you need to ship this can be another matter entirely.

You should always have somebody you can rely upon to do at least a basic takeover if you need them to. It could be your spouse or other family member, but if you're seriously ill they may be distracted by this as well.

One good option is to have a virtual assistant who can help you out. You may not feel the need to have one regularly, but if you have a file ready and a virtual assistant who would be willing to take you on as a client, you have a start.

Work up a list of the vital functions that someone would need to take care of if you weren't able to. This can include dealing with customers (even if they can't do your job themselves, someone else can at least explain to customers what the situation is), responding to emails and doing basic updates to your site.

Your file should include all basic logins needed for this.

One thing I keep on one of my sites is a page that has a list of all my sites and resources. I use this on a daily basis rather than having all my login pages bookmarked. This also means that if someone needs to access my sites for me, they will have a fairly easy time finding them. All they'll need is the login information for that page, and for the pages they'd need to access.

Since we're including a consideration for natural disasters as a problem, you may want to have your virtual assistant be in a different area so that you probably won't both be knocked out by the same situation.

If you blog, you'll want some basic posts ready so that the blog can keep going, or at least allow someone to post that you'll be back when things get better. You don't want your readers to think you've jumped ship on them. You can also put out the call for guest bloggers.

Similarly you'll want someone able to handle any forums you may run. A good forum will keep itself running, but will need a moderator to control the spam and any issues that may arise between users.

It's never too soon to start thinking about "what if" so that you can keep your home business running. A little planning now can save you a lot of stress later.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster blogs at http://www.aspectsofhomebusiness.com/blog/ about running her home business. Learn more about successfully running your online business at her site.
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