For anyone who plans to work from home, tragedy and disaster can strike at any time, in any form. Force majeure is a reality which has to be prepared for in advance if you want to avoid problems for your business. Do you have a plan of action on how you will handle your home business if disaster were to strike? If not, it is time to put your thinking cap on. Having a plan ensures that you can not only keep your business running, but decrease stress because you have already prepared for the unexpected.
I have listed four methods which you should utilize to prepare yourself for negative occurrences.
1. Do whatever you can to work through these negative events. Customers are more understanding than many business owners give them credit for. So long as you explain your situation to your customers, they will more than likely be sympathetic. Just make sure that if you constantly communicate with and update your customers upon the status of their purchase. If it becomes clear to you that you are unable to perform, make sure that your customers are the first to know so that they can make alternative arrangements.
If you are in a situation where you are trying to juggle your work, and caring for a sick child. Put yourself in a position that you are able to place your focus on your child first. Make sure that you keep a list of all of the tasks which need to be completed each day. After your child has gone to sleep, you can focus your attention on completing these tasks. Keep in mind that sick children tend to sleep quite a bit, so you should be able to complete your work on time. Having a list will enable you to look at the list, and know what needs to be completed rather than trying to deal with a sick child, and recall tasks by memory. This will help to put your mind at ease.
2. Ask for help. As parents, we tend to feel that we should be able to handle everything. Unfortunately, this just is not always the case. There are times when we need to allow ourselves to ask for help. When a tragedy occurs, and you are simply overwhelmed, find someone who you trust and ask them for help. Many times, just having someone reply to customers on your behalf can take the pressure off your shoulders.
Letting someone assist you when necessary can be liberating to that individual. The individual now knows that they have done a good deed, and can feel good about themselves.
3. Of course, we always want to be optimistic. Nonetheless, we have to prepare as though we are the most pessimistic set of individuals on the planet. I would rather be safe than sorry, and I hope that you feel the same way. Therefore, if you live in a flood region, such as the Fargo, North Dakota Red River Valley, make sure that you have a plan of action in place in the event of a flood. Likewise, if you live in an area which is susceptible to hurricanes, such as New Orleans, LA, or Daytona Beach, FL, make sure that you have a mechanism in place which will protect your business from becoming bankrupt should your area get hit by a hurricane. For example, do you have a place to go which is not threatened?
4. Make Your Plan. There are times when life becomes overwhelming, and you simply are not able to accomplish everything on your own. These are the times at which you need to have some type of system in place of what you do, and what needs to be done. Keep a ledger of tasks which need to be completed, how often they are completed, and check them off as completed as you are able to complete them. Keep a list of all of your passwords in a secure place. Make sure that your family (or whoever may be helping you during this time) is able to carry on even in the event that you are away from home.
Ideally, you will want to walk someone through the steps of what you do on a day to day basis. Thus, if something should come up, you will be prepared.
Realize that when tragedy strikes, it generally does not give any warning signs. However, if you are ready for the worst case scenario, certain stressors can be averted. It is of the utmost importance that the work from home entrepreneur take steps so that the home business will not be harmed in the event of a calamity. Those who take steps to prepare for adverse situations, do not have to stress about their business during such situations.
If any of you currently Work From Home, you must be ready in case things go badly quickly. Your Home Business will last through the difficult times if its owner knows how to respond to difficult situations.
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