If you work from home you’re probably feeling pretty good about the whole Coronavirus thing. After all, you don’t have to get out of the house in order to go to work, right? Maybe, but we should still prepare our home business for the Coronavirus, flu or any other illness that becomes widespread.
Not every home business owner works strictly from a home office.
Many visit client offices or have meetings at shared office spaces and coffee shops. Even those of us who do the majority of our work from home still find ourselves needing to get out in public for things like the post office. Plus, most of us do a lot of our errands on the weekends, just like everyone else. This means we’re still interacting with the public. Taking the precautions that the CDC recommends is just as important for those of us with a home business as it is for those who work in a traditional office.
It’s not only smart to take precautions to stay healthy, it’s also business smart to make a plan in the event you become ill. Even if you think you’ll be able to work from bed on your laptop, being sick will have an effect on your ability to work. Take my word for it. I’ve had a particularly challenging start to 2020 going from head cold to stomach flu, to what appears to be sinusitis. Even though I still have been able to work through most of it, my productivity has been lower than normal. And on my worst days, I simply had to quit early and just go to bed. When you’re healthy you never quite grasp just how miserable it is trying to work when you’re feverish, achy and sick. It doesn’t matter where you are, sick is sick, and you will not be able to work as usual.
The best thing you can do is prepare your home business for the Coronavirus or flu even if you feel it’s unlikely you’ll catch it.
Home business owners may have the edge if it comes to self-isolation, but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be aware and prepare for what might happen. In most cases, working from home won’t protect you if you don’t take proper precautions like everyone else.
Are you a traditional business that is considering a work from home option due to the Coronavirus but don’t know where to start? My “Winterize Your Business” webinar is free, applies to more than just winter weather and gives you steps to prepare your employees to work from home. It’s also only available until the first day of Spring, March 19th.