For Home-Based Business Owners, This IS the Calm Before the Storm!

Published October 29, 2012 by Maryanne

 

Since September, 2008, I’ve been running my home based business, Pear Tree Enterprises (http://www.peartreeenterprises.com/).

And the past few months have been absolutely awesome as far as business goes. Plus, I got to squeeze in quite a few amazing three day weekends, plenty of fun and even a business trip; as well as being on the road a lot regarding promotions/marketing events as well as reporting for Paterson Press.

So my life has been the most wonderful balance of business and pleasure, although a bit on the frantic side because I’ve been bombarded with work — old clients coming out of the woodwork, new ones offering me a ton of hours, all the traveling on the road and an assortment of one-time deal side projects.

Over the past few months I finished projects, I was able to take life at a little bit — but not much — slower pace.

Then enter Storm Sandy and while I’m caught up on the writing end of things, I can’t do any  promotional work because of the obvious — businesses are closed today.

Once things get back to “normal” — whenever that may be, but I’m assuming Wednesday or Thursday — it will be the toughest call for me as to which clients to satisfy first and which ones to put on hold until it all pulls together again.

I am so blessed that I enjoy all my work, as eclectic as it may seem (jack of all trades, master of some) and all the people I do business with. Of course the writing projects pay the most, but they can be done anytime like weekends or evenings. This means whoever gives me writing/editing/proofreading jobs will always have their needs met.

As for promotions/marketing and personal assistance, it’s a different story, as this type of work has to be done during “business hours.” I don’t like disappointing clients and I don’t like clients to feel like they are on a “back-burner.” So while I’m enjoying the down time so much, my head is also spinning in regard to “how will I make everyone happy this week?”

Though I am blessed to have very understanding clients who probably wouldn’t say anything even if they did feel slighted, it’s me I’m worried about — the perfectionist who has to get it all done. And how do I do all that when Mother Nature slashed my time almost in half this week? I know there is a lesson in this and I look forward to some major growth for me in the next few days while I figure it all out. As a wise man once said, “The work will always be there.”

Is there anyone else reading who runs their own home-based business? How are you handling the storm? Do you fear the work overload when things return to normal?

 

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5 comments on “For Home-Based Business Owners, This IS the Calm Before the Storm!

  • Worst thing for me would be to lose power as all my scripts are backed up online and I use the writing software on the laptop. My Plan B is to just start writing out something new on pencil/paper if lose power. If we aren’t back on in a few days we’ll drive out somewhere with free wi-fi (hotel lobby, parking lot) for update of emails.

  • Hi Mary Anne. I’ve never run my own business (but we’ll see what the future entails). Still, I relate a bit. If the power goes out, I can’t tackle my coursework (no internet or working computer). My plan if that happens, is to work on some “clutter busting” projects in my apartment during daylight hours and read by flashlight in the dark.

    While I’ll get other important things done if the lights are out, the storm may put me behind. I’ll have to double my efforts later.

    Thanks…

    • Hi Chris! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views. It’s always great to hear when someone has a back-up plan. I guess it’s a good time to rest too in order to double the efforts later on, right?

      • If the the power is out, I’ll try and turn in early. You’re right; the downtime could be beneficial..

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