Now, for those of you who normally hang around here looking for online business advice, entrepreneurial wisdom or to start or grow your own work from home business….. you need to hear this.
To support my daughter, I had to cut my work back to 15-20 hours per week. What does that even look like and do to a business?
The message out there is hustle. Find the time. Your business grows as much as you put into it. (I don’t subscribe to all those philosophies anyhow. It’s always been a family first thing for me.)
How do you navigate your business when facing a family crisis like this?
A few reflections (because we are still in the trenches)
1. A whole new level of Flexible
Virtual professional / freelance work is rather flexible. You can flex not just work times but also flex the type of work and clients you take on and don’t take on. I intentionally did not take on certain types of projects and clients in this season.
2. Pick good clients
From the start pick good clients. Most of my clients are other parents. Most of them are Christian believers and we pray for each other’s businesses and families. So when crisis comes, we adapt and adjust with grace and understanding. (Since we are coming out of the darkest valley, I do now have 2 client spaces open for March & April)
3. Do only the essentials (you’ll figure that out quickly)
Drop the “shoulds”. Stop following other people online who don’t have children (and stop comparing yourself to them!) This is a big chant of mine anyhow that’s become so apparent in this season.
4. God will provide.
Plant seeds throughout your years of business. They will bring a harvest when you most need it.
5. Follow a financial system (I like Profit First).
Have a game plan where you have back up savings in the event you are unable to work for a season.
6. Drop the guilt and be with your family in need.
It could be easy to mega-stress load and try to keep up with everything. But what your family needs most is the BEST you. Calm, confident, caring and on top of it.
7. Don’t stop self-care.
The #1 cause of relapse for eating disorders? Parent burn out. We are simply exhausted from the treatment protocol and begin to cut corners. The eating disorder sneaks back in wherever it can.
8. These seasons bring insights that can be game changers for your business
One bright light through all of this is since my client load is smaller, I’ve been able to really pour into my How She Quits Community and launch a new membership community.
B-School launch happened throughout this time period and I intentionally set a small amount of marketing I’d do for that (some emails and posts, no ads, no lives, etc.) And still, the right people were there and ready for it.
Having this break in “normal” work has given me perspective on what I truly enjoy the most in my business. I am certain I wouldn’t have had that perspective if I had stayed in my normal flow of client work (even though I sincerely enjoy all of my clients!) This is good news for my clients too because I come to them refreshed and renewed with these insights on our projects.
9. If I was still in corporate, this would be the second time I was fired in a year.
Last year we found out my dad had a cancerous brain tumor and we lost him in 10 weeks. I spent so much time with him and mom – which is the only way I wanted it to be. 6 months later I’m in eating disorder h-e-double-hockey-sticks.
If I was still in corporate, the stress would have been unbearable. And quitting would have meant instant zero salary. Instead, I cut back, delegated my team, had lesser revenue but let’s be realistic….I worked 15-20 hours a week max and maintained a 6 figure revenue business (plus a 6 figure non-profit).
Can I encourage you to have a plan B outside of the day job?
If you are new here, I teach that freelance work is the fastest path out of a day job.
But don’t drop that dream of building a longer, slower growth online business (blog, author, speaking, online training, coaching, etc). You can be up and running with your freelance work in 60-90 days. That leaves flexibility to keep building your passion business on the side.
More info at “start here” and “HowSheQuits.com” or if you’re ready, join us in the Collective.
Now, set all that business talk aside for a moment. Because you’re talking to a normal, regular, real mom who’d do anything to help her daughter through a battle like this.
For those who are walking this path, I’m praying for you.