You know that old joke about working solo? “I left a well-paying job in a corporation because I couldn’t stand working for this really dumb boss. But now I’ve swapped him for a %^&* maniac!”

And one of the things we as our own bosses often do is not stop and rest when we get sick. Mind you, my experience is that since the day I stopped working in air-conditioned offices, sharing everyone’s latest bug, I don’t have those bouts of flu that seemed to be a fairly regular occurrence.

Be that as it may, what should we do if we do come down with what Australians call “the dreaded lurgy” (not, to the best of my knowledge, a technical medical term, but a portmanteau word to cover colds, flu, sinusitis, URTI, etc)?

Because we can’t delegate, and we can’t offload work to the person in the next cubicle.

So we press on, knowingly risking getting worse and compounding the problem. Yes, in an ideal world, we should rest, let nature take its course, get better, then get back to work when we are ready. But in the real world we inhabit, sometimes that deadline needs to be met, those people are waiting on our response, and so on.

While I will not be surprised to get in response to this post some suggestions to get a virtual assistant, and as I feel terrifically well right now I’m not immediately in need of advice on how to handle my workload when unwell, I would commend to any solo, work at home colleague, the great set of suggestions from Shirley Frazier, who in the past couple of days has been a bit under the weather.

She observes:

Solo business owners cannot afford to become sick. Youโ€™re the chief cook and bottle washer, so if youโ€™re not at a desk or wherever you get business done, the enterprise grinds to a halt. What do you do when that happens?

Check out her post 5 Things to Do When You’re Sick and Work Alone. 

Mind you, from reading this list I suspect Shirley’s idea of slowing down is Pace=Normal for a lot of us  

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