When You Have To Walk Away From Your Online Business For A While

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When You Have To Walk Away From Your Online Business For A While

Sometimes you have to walk away and come back later but when you have to walk away from your online business for a while what happens while you’re gone? How then do you maintain your web presence and preserve your business?

So you’re trying to build an online business.

I congratulate you and wish you the best of success.

But I do want to give you a warning. You should expect obstacles that will take you away from completing your projects—sicknesses, family emergencies, and dare I say hardware failures.

You’ve built your business by yourself. You worked hard to get where you are today. However, what would happen if you became very ill tomorrow or had a family emergency and had to step away for a little while?

This situation has happened to a friend of mine. She has been away for a few days dealing with a family illness. Although of course she is extremely concerned about the health of her loved one, in her mind also is a concern that she isn’t able to put in the time to her business. She’s got her lap top with her at the bedside of her father in hospital, but of course what she can get done there isn’t the same. It’s more of a distraction for her allowing the time to pass by a little quicker. It’s her stress relief mechanism.

So I ask you, what if something happened to you or one of your family members? What would happen to your business if you had to step away even for a week or two unexpectedly

Sometimes in life things rear there head which we have no choice but to deal with. Some battles will rightly test your patience and willpower. Don’t continue to bash your head against a wall. Trying to spin the bottles continuing in an attempt to do everything. Take a break, walk away and come back to the fight refreshed and relaxed. Concentrate your efforts for a time in this place where they’re needed. Don’t feel guilty that you’ve had to turn your back on these other things. After all its only temporary, and you really know you had no choice.

From a business perspective think on the positive side. Taking some time off stepping away from your business to focus on something completely different, does give you time to clear your head and focus on other things. When you come back to your work you’ll return with a fresh perspective, which can make all the difference.

Sometimes maybe you’re forgetting one of the key reasons most of us went down the path of setting up an online business. A lot of people are so used to working 9:00 to 5:00 in an office, working to rules and regulations they forget that we on liners have FREEDOM in our business.

If we want to get away from it, or need to, we can. A lot of what we do should be able to run on its own without our constant supervision. A key to enjoying your business is building things so that your business can run for a time without you at the helm.

Sometimes we forget that our business and our life are two totally separate things. If you have done this, go about making sure you put this right. When it is right, you’ll never again find it difficult to walk away for a short time.

Once you recognize that the purpose of your life is not to serve your business, but that the purpose of your business is to serve your life, you can then go to work on your business, rather than in it, with the full knowledge of why it is completely necessary for you to do so.

So if you do have to step away from your business for a while, stop stressing. The stress of developing and publishing great content day after day, or week after week, can become overwhelming, but worse still is when you have to stop, and you know all you want to do is write a blog. Well stop it. So what’s the worst going to happen. Your Alexa may slip a bit, and you may lose a few regular readers. That’s not the end of the world I promise you.

This lady I mention earlier was debilitated by the desperation to write her blog post, send out her comments into the blogosphere, and update her social media connections. By her not being able to do so the world would be coming to an end if she didn’t do it.

The sad fact is that no one is sitting by their computer holding their breath and waiting for her next post. So what if it’s a day late this time. And if it’s not possible to write anything for a week that’s ok too. Your loyal readers, fans, and visitors will still be there. They may wonder what happened, they may even email you – and then you really know you matter.

Look at your business – Can it function in your absence? If not, what would it take to get it there? Get to work on your business today.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
9 Comments
  1. Mary Hudak-Collins September 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Oh, and don’t you know I stressed the whole week! I took everything with me, but just never seemed to get anything done 🙁 When I was motivated to work, time didn’t allow me to without interruption and I became frustrated. When the day quieted down and I had the time available, I was exhausted and just couldn’t stay focused on what I was trying to do. I felt as though I was fighting an uphill battle. It was very aggravated.
    Even being back home now, comfortable in my own environment, I’m can’t seem to get my time managed to best benefit my work. I seem to always be 2 steps behind and I hope that this mishap will soon level out and I can get back on a regular schedule. I guess you could say that I am routine-oriented LOL.
    Thank you Larry for this post. It made me smile, especially when you discussed the Alexa score, which you know sort of freaks me out seeing that it has changed, for the worse I might add, over 10,000 points [sad face]. But, the bottom line is that it didn’t kill me…I’m still here, and I will get it back there over time 🙂

  2. Bongo September 30, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Hmmmmmmmmm i think there is an important message here… there are things in life more important then a blog ..whether a business or not……if you stress over this business then you are killing yourself slowly..and well then there won’t be a blog or business at all…. by the way I love this woman dearly…and am here to say CHILLLLLLLL Mary… I love you…As always…XOXOXOXO

  3. Kristine@villa ubud bali October 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Larry! Thanks for the engrossing read–it’s a must to prepare our businesses for the inevitable, task delegation is another way to ensure that no aspect of your operations will ever be neglected.

  4. joy@nappy cake October 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Not all businesses have the ability to go on auto-pilot but it’s a wise move to make a decision to be well-equipped. Thanks!

  5. Stacey@enduranceteam October 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve always used my blog as an outlet and expression of my thoughts and actions. There would really be those times that I veer away from it because there are far more important needs to be carried out. At first, it would really be stressful to be back on track again. But, things will pick up again some time.

  6. Kelly@Landscape designers October 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

    The article is quite very uplifting and optimistic despite one’s challenges in life. It only shows that everyone, no matter how abundant you are in your needed resources should set their priorities straight so as not to put things into compromise.

  7. Veronica@villa ubud bali October 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

    One has to think of the more important things all the time. It doesn’t mean that you’ll lose a large chunk of what you worked for when you walk away from your business endeavor for some time. Good organizational skills is also a must-have. Keep posting!

  8. Sandra@Sydney harbour wedding October 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Oh yes, I have already experienced this. Most of the time, online marketers do this to focus on other aspects of their life. Sadly, when I experienced this, I couldn’t keep track of my online businesses anymore that I decided to just stop for good. Hopefully, my passion for online businesses comes back!

  9. Calra@sagittarius horoscope October 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

    This is an ability that I want my business to acquire so I can proceed with taking care of other engagements without being too worried losing control. Consistency is still of utmost importance to me so I definitely see myself delegating tasks and hiring guest bloggers. Thanks for the valuable share.

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