Have you been injured or disabled in some way that prevents you from performing job related tasks that you once handled with ease? As a small business owner, not only is this frustrating, but it can also jeopardize everything you’ve worked so hard for over the years.

5 Tips to Help You Thrive 

Having a disability or chronic illness is difficult enough from a physical standpoint. But when you throw in the mental anguish that can come from not being able to manage and operate your business as you once did, it becomes downright frustrating. And while there’s no perfect solution, the following tips can help you improve your situation. 

  1. Get Legal Help 

If you’ve been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or an incident that could have been avoided, the first step is to seek out legal help – you want to obtain the compensation and entitlements deserved. Running a business is challenging when you’re ill or disabled and you’ll need every last dollar you can possibly bring in to sustain you during this time.

A lot of people do nothing in terms of seeking legal recompense because they don’t want to appear needy or spiteful, but the fact of the matter is that you’re going to need some assistance. If it’s owed to you, you might as well go out and get it.

Along these same lines, you may qualify for special loans and/or grants after becoming disabled. The Small Business Administration can help you find the programs that might fit your situation in the state where you live. 

  1. Hire the Right Employees 
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One business owner can become totally disabled and no longer capable of doing anything and his business will continue operating without a hitch. Another person can become sick for a just a couple of weeks and the entire business will fall apart. What’s the difference? The individuals on the payroll.

Who you’ve hired and who you hire in the future will dictate whether or not your business will operate smoothly. Even if it means paying more, you need people who are trustworthy, independent, and action oriented. 

  1. Tweak the Business (If Necessary) 

If you’re going to be permanently disabled, it might be necessary to tweak your business so that you can still be involved in the future. You’ll have to sit down and figure this out on your own (or with the help of trusted advisers and consultants). 

  1. Use the Right Tools 

Finally, automation will become your friend. If you haven’t already invested in automated tools and solutions, now is the time to give your business a face lift. The more you’re able to streamline mundane, time-consuming tasks, the more you’ll be able to focus your energy and capabilities on core tasks.

  1. Take a Break 

If you’re ill (not disabled), perhaps your sickness is rooted in chronic stress and overworking. Let this serve as a warning that something needs to change.

“Your illness could be your body’s way of warning you to slow down, so don’t be afraid to take some time away from the job to recuperate,” small business expert Kathryn Hawkins says. “By waiting until after you’ve had the chance to relax and recover to return to work, you’ll be able to make better choices as a manager — which will help you build a more successful business in the long run.” 

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Don’t Let Anything Hold You Back 

Being sick or disabled doesn’t mean you can’t continue running your business. It’ll probably look different than it has in the past, but it certainly isn’t a deathblow. Be patient, recognize your limitations, and make strategic decisions to offset your new limitations.

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