January has whizzed past already and that’s all thanks to the 12-14 hour days I have been working so far.
This month, I have promised myself to take time out every day to recuperate and realign myself. I must, must, must, remember to do Yoga every morning or evening. Or at least do 10 minutes of mindfulness exercises. Probably better to do them at night when my daughter is fast asleep! Where the chances of her wanting me are slim…
That’s it, I am adding it to my diary right now!
As someone who is responsible for making the lives of others run smoothly, I think I forget that I am only one person and can only take on so much.
Which is why I am seriously considering taking on a freelancer to do some of the work. I will wait and see how the first quarter goes and if things are as busy as they have been, I will definitely be looking at taking on an extra pair of hands. I know some of my customers prefer I do certain tasks myself so I will continue to do those. Just because I absolutely enjoy doing them! 🙂
It’s a tough decision and I wish I could do it all! Sadly, that wouldn’t be very logical.
I just have to accept it when it’s time to grow my business and put new plans in motion.
I have come across some amazing virtual assistants that I would really like to work with. They have the right level of patience, knowledge, versatility and drive I look for in colleagues.
It’s early days but I feel I am ready to take the next big step!
The upcoming winter months can be a cause for concern to many business owners. When severely bad weather strikes, it leads to travel disruptions and childcare issues. This means individuals may struggle to get into the office. Whether you and your staff take the public transport or drive to work, snow laden roads can make travel quite dangerous. Individuals with children may struggle to find childcare due to school or nursery closures. If staff are unable to get to work, how will you continue to operate your business?
As a nation with unpredictable winter months, we really should be prepared for anything.
Which brings me to a very important question. Do you have a Winter Risk Management Plan in place? A back up plan to keep your business moving no matter what the weather is outside? If you’ve said no, it really is a good idea to have one in place. It doesn’t have to be a hundred pages long. A short and simple plan should suffice for most businesses.
Here are a few things to consider when creating your plan:
- Prepare for snow and ice removal – we don’t want anyone getting hurt because they slipped on some ice. Safety first!
- Backup generator – if there’s a blackout, a back up generator should keep things going for a while.
- Prepare your staff – communicate potential weather emergencies with your staff. If they know it’s going to snow heavily for the next couple of days, they can plan ahead.
- Have emergency contacts in place – an Office or HR Manager usually make a good emergency contact to report staff absence.
- Offer the option to work from home – if staff can access their computers remotely, that’s great! If not, at least make sure they have access to emails.
- Create an online meeting room for your team – Skype, appear.in and Zoom are great ways to hold online meetings without breaking the bank.
- Telephone redirection – set up a divert on your office line. Most telecom companies now offer this as an option. You should be able to contact them and set up a manual divert or do it online, depending on your provider.
- Most importantly, have emergency support in place, such as a virtual assistant or casual workers through a recruitment agency.
Winter is coming… so be prepared!