Small businesses across the country have been hit hard by the pandemic-driven recession. For small business owners with disabilities or chronic illnesses, bouncing back from closing down a business might feel like a mammoth undertaking. As you grieve this loss, it’s important to practice daily self-care while you recover from the financial and emotional blow, and begin to look to the future for new opportunities. We hope the following resources help you get back on your feet.
It can be devastating, emotionally and financially, to close a business you’ve worked hard to build, which is why self-care is vital for your health. If you have a chronic illness, self-care includes managing your symptoms and doing what you can to minimize them. Be sure to attend appointments with medical professionals, take your prescribed medications, and reach out for help when you need it. Remember that your mental health is a component of your healing, so check in with yourself daily and reach out to friends, family, or a therapist if you need more support. Another component of self-care is improving your immediate surroundings. If you live in a home that’s constantly cluttered or dirty, your thoughts and emotions might also be messy and chaotic. A clean and decluttered home will help you think more clearly and will create a more positive and healthy atmosphere. After you clean, consider burning sage to help eliminate stagnant or negative energy and help purify the air and your space.
Closing a business can be a financial setback, but it’s not permanent: maintain perspective and remember that you’ll regain your losses within time. Lean on professionals such as an accountant who can help advise you on the next steps to get back on your feet. Rather than overanalyzing what went wrong, focus on what you can do to recover. Most importantly, try to stay positive and think about what’s next for you.
It may take some time to recover from the loss of your business, but when you’re ready, consider starting a new one. While it may seem easier to look for a job, being your own boss is actually better for people who have a chronic illness. The unpredictability of chronic illnesses can make it hard to maintain a normal work schedule while starting a new business will allow you more flexibility than a traditional job. Starting a new business will likely be easier the second time around; you’ll know what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll be more business-savvy than when you launched your first company. As you get started, keep in mind some of the following tips: keep your expenses low, prioritize tasks to stay productive, and be sure to include downtime in your routine. When you’re ready to launch your new business, think about ways you might be able to outsource certain tasks to help lighten your workload. Hiring freelancers is a great way to build your team slowly without breaking the bank. You can find freelancers to help with almost every business task: web developers, designers, and writers can all be found through online job boards. If you find a freelancer who is a good fit, they may even turn into a permanent employee.
Losing a business is a tough experience, but it doesn’t have to define your career. Remember that this is a tough time for everyone, and closing your business could open the door for a better opportunity to come along. Be sure to focus on self-care during this time, and when you’re ready, think about ways to bounce back with a new business venture that will allow you to maintain flexibility in your daily routine.