When the Unexpected Happens

Life sure has a way of kicking us right at the moment we think we are finally able to get our act together.

If you follow along with me on Facebook, you may have seen I recently had to play God and make a decision that would leave me broken-hearted.  You see, there comes a time in life where we have to not be selfish and allow someone beloved to us goes.

When the Unexpected Happens

I recently had to do this with my princess girl. My rescue boxer/pit bull mix of just over 3 years. She had a rough life as a breeder pup for the first 7 years of her life. Thankfully, I was able to shower her with a better life by giving her a loving brother and momma. Zue overcame a few hurdles when she blessed my family. Because she was around so many other dogs, she had “guarding” issues, especially when it came to food. Building trust with her was huge in helping her overcome this issue. I don’t believe the little girl was ever cuddled, hugged, or showered with kisses. Only within the last year was I able to freely hug and kiss her beautiful little face. She was my bed buddy from the get-go. She was able to see for the first time that she was cared about, loved, mattered, and was not a breeding machine.

As I take some time to grieve her loss and try to get her brother and my life to a new norm, She is so deeply missed. I’ve had to take a break from my business. An unexpected break.

When the Unexpected Happens

As business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers we must think about the unexpected.

What happens to your business when an emergency occurs?

Mine, because I was just getting back into the game, has been kicked in the gut again.

I am desperately wanting to make a comeback right now but my heart won’t allow it.

I’m sharing this with you so you can see not only am a business owner, but I am real and I have feelings just like you.

So, how can one prepare?

  1. Have backup content available
  2. Have a team member or trusted blogging friend/entrepreneur to step in to manage your affairs while you’re away
  3. Have a Blog Manager retained/on-call to ensure your website continues to run smoothly

These are the three (3) most important aspects I can think of. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of the three.

Have backup content available

I know many entrepreneurs/bloggers that have an arsenal of content just waiting to be published. I have never been one of those people. My ideas will come at the spur of the moment which makes it difficult for me to pre-create.

Having at least one (1) or two (2) posts ready to be published can be a life save for you.

Do you have backup content available?

Entrust your business affairs to a teammate

If you’re fortunate enough to have a team, rest assured one or more of those members can step in during your absence. Mind you, I would make sure this is a trusted and reliable team member that has access to your most precious business behind-the-scenes details.

They should be able to make minor decisions on your behalf, offer quotes/estimates for services, and be your right-hand-person.

Do you have one or two of these?

Have a Blog Manager to tend to your website needs

As website owners, anything can happen at any time to our websites. Just the other day, a client’s encryption certificate expired. They didn’t even know their website was inaccessible. However, I just so happen to land on the site and was blown away by the security privacy notice. Egads!

Pinit When the Unexpected Happens

 

Having a Blog Manager, someone who checks on your website daily and even maybe a few times a day could help ensure your site remains live. This person should have access to your web hosting account and should be able to talk to support on your behalf. The issue could be eliminated in no time.

Many Managers not only have a “canned” package but packages that can be customized to meet your specific needs. You may not know what you need but a knowledgeable Blog Manager will be able to shed light on all the potential things that could go wrong.

But not only can they handle issues. they can also:

  1. Create/Edit/Schedule blog content
  2. Create branded images for the content
  3. Act as a Social Media Manager of sorts
  4. Respond to comments on your own site on your behalf
  5. Visit commenters blogs

The customizations are numerous!

Unfortunately, I am my own manager and failed miserably when my “unexpected” happened.

Could you see the value in having a Blog Manager on retainer? Monthly plans can start as low as $45-50 per month!

Are you prepared?

Just a simple reminder the things will and can happen at the worse time. We never know how long it will take us away from our businesses.

Having at least the above three (3) steps ready to implement at a moments notice can help ease your mind so you can focus on the things that matter more.

Are you ready to take action?

P.S. Thank you for allowing me to share my grief with you and for understanding my leave of absence.

7 thoughts on “When the Unexpected Happens

  1. Hi Brenda, I’ve been through this a few times with my mom passing almost 5 years ago now and my dad a few months ago. It is hard to pick up and continue but sometimes it helps. I know it does help me when I can do that.
    Having contributors to your blog is another big help. They can pitch in and write for you in the absence.
    Everyone deals with loss in the different ways. You will know when you are ready to dive back in Brenda.
    I’m so sorry for what you are going through. Take care! We’ll be here when you are ready!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Has it been 5 years already? Oh my gosh. ;( Where is time going? I am one of those that needs that grieving time. I go into what I believe is a mini-depression and hang out in limbo until I can snap out of it. It’s what I learned when my mother passed when I was 11 and I continue to do it. Titan and I are still in a bit of a limbo trying to get a new routine. It’s amazing how much Zue impacted both of our lives. We’ll get through it but it just takes time, hugs, tears, and love to get us through.

      True on the contributors. I haven’t had those in quite some time. I’ve really been out of the blogging loop and have been busy with “life” in itself. I’ sure at some time I’ll get back in the swing of my biz and blogging but for now, a break seems to be of the best therapy.

      I hope you’re enjoying your new entrepreneurship!

      B

  2. You’re so much stronger than you’re giving yourself credit for! Being able to write such an informative post while grieving is something I probably wouldn’t be able to do.
    Hang on there and let the healing and adjustment happen as it needs to.
    Hugs 🤗

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Thank you. I’ve been through my mother, father, and brother passing, along with many other furchildren but it never gets easier. This one really was tragic for me. She deserved so much more of the good life imo. But even when we have tragedies in our lives, our businesses and life must go on, right? I really need to get my backup system together. 😉

      Thanks for sharing.

      B

  3. Hey Bren,

    I am so sorry for your loss girlfriend. I know how much you loved her. But you gave her the best life and I’m sure she knew how much she was loved.

    It is hard to take a break from our business but there are times (like the loss of a loved one – human or pet) when we have to gather our thoughts and emotions and mourn our loss.

    When my mom passed away last year, I didn’t take enough time to mourn her and it’s left me with this lump in my throat ever since.

    If you need me to help you with anything while you’re taking some time off you know I’m an email away!

    Take care B and know that your are in my prayers.

    Love yah!

    Cori

    1. Hey Cori,

      I really appreciate your kind words. Can we ever know how much is enough time, though? I’ve had many losses and each one has been different and no set mourning time. Zue will be with me forever. I just only wish there was something I could have done to keep her in Titan and my life much longer.

      Thank you for offering your assistance. Much appreciated, my friend.

      B

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