It’s easy to type a smiley or post happy comments in an online community. But what if you’re in the middle of something stressful in the moment and have to deal with your online business? That’s when it turns into how to run an online business when everything falls apart. It may not happen to you but it can. And you need to be ready.
Dealing with personal problems isn’t easy if you’re running a business. There may be times when it’s hard to get up in the morning and force yourself to work. And there may be times when you don’t have the energy to churn out content for your business. And there may be times when you don’t want to do a single thing. But an online business is so demanding that it requires you to be present and active 24/7.
What To Do When Everything Falls Apart
Yes, it’s not easy when everything falls apart. But there are things you can do to help you get past this hurdle.
1. Schedule posts and tweets
You don’t know where personal problems will arise for sure. But if you have the habit of scheduling posts, the online world wouldn’t notice you’re going through tough times.
2. Take a break.
It’s okay to take a step back and compose yourself. You’re not perfect after all. Sure, you can continue on but that will just drain you in the long run. Sometimes you have to embrace your weakness so you can gather your strength again.
Decide if you’re going to have a long or short break. This is important so that you can prepare your mind to be ready to go back into action when your break ends. Deciding on a date when you’ll be back will also help you not to lose focus on your business. This way, your subconscious mind knows that you are certainly going back.
3. Continue to keep in touch with friends, both online and offline.
Talking to friends is a great way to let out your emotions. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re not alone. I used to think that telling my friends my personal problems is a burden for them, and that’s something I never want for them. But later on I realized this isn’t true. Who would be the first people to want to come to your rescue? Your friends will. And you’d also want to do the same for them. Spend time with yourself, sure. But don’t stop friends from reaching out.
4. Ask a friend a favor.
It’s okay to ask. Do you need someone to take care of your blogs comments for a while? Do you need someone to upload your files to your websites? Reach out to friends. Sometimes, all you need to do is ask.
5. Write everything.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a writer. Just write your emotions and vent it all out. Other people like to write everything on paper and then burn it afterwards. This gives them the feeling that they’re stronger than their problems.
Writing can give you confidence knowing there’s nobody listening. No one is looking over your shoulder. No one will judge you. You can be yourself and let out all your emotions.
6. It’s okay to be honest to clients and subscribers.
Give them the most reasonable explanation. But be careful where you draw the line. They certainly don’t have to know everything. Just enough reasonable explanation why you’re taking a break will suffice.
Yes, your world might be crumbling. But it doesn’t mean you can neglect your duties to your clients by suddenly disappearing. If you can’t continue with work, refer to them your trusted resources or colleagues who can do the project. Or ask for leeway in your deadline.
7. Remember, this too shall pass.
It’s okay to lock yourself in your room, if that will make you feel better. It’s okay to cry your heart out. But remember that like all problems and tribulations, this too shall pass. So just feel the emotion but don’t let it overcome you. This will be done and over with much sooner that you expected. Just be strong and stay positive.
I know. It’s hard to stay positive when everything in your life seems to fall apart. But pick up the pieces and move on. As you do, you’ll realize that you’ve become stronger, ready to take on the world once again.
8. Count your blessings.
This is pretty self-explanatory. But if you’re not doing this, or haven’t done this for some time, try it now. You’ll be glad you did.
9. Trust God.
There’s always a rainbow after a storm. Trust that everything will fall out in the right place, in the right time.
Moving on with life and with your business may seem more difficult as it seems if you’re dealing with stress or personal problems. But remember that no matter what situation you are now, life moves on. Follow the flow of life and remain strong with the hope of a new day. You will make it through, even when everything falls apart.
Over To You
Did you ever experience going through tough times while running a business? How did it help you become a better person? Share in the comments below.
Joy B. Collado is a freelance writer specializing in beauty and personal development. Visit her blog Joys of a Digital Nomad to read more of her thoughts about living and making a difference.