I usually spend hours perfecting these blog posts, but today I’m not feeling at all well*. I’ve also got some crushing work deadlines. What’s more, my brilliant IT guys have prepared my new website ahead of time and they’re waiting for my fresh words and pictures. I hope the brevity of this post underscores a pertinent question:
What would happen to your business if you were suddenly incapacitated?
Do you have backup?
Are you training an understudy?
Do you hold income protection insurance?
Could you temporarily give work to ‘friendly’ competitors without losing your clients?
I’ve explored all these B Plans over the years, with varying degrees of success. Backup is hard to retain if your workload is unpredictable. Lovingly trained apprentices leave. Insurance firms ask the most penetrating questions. Clients get used to the ‘other’ guy and are loath to change back.
At this moment, therefore, I’m on point and alone.
I expect to recover soon, but if I fell off my chair and hurt my back today, the wheels of Empire would stop. Twelve years of nurturing clients would be imperilled, unless I could quickly implement a work around.
As I (carefully) sit here, feeling rather sorry for myself, I feel the need for B!
Do you have a Plan B that works?
* Thank you, Megan, for kindly pointing out that it could be swine flu!