It is late in the day and I finally have electrical power! An early morning thunderstorm may or may not have been the culprit for a late afternoon outage. Nevertheless it is now on and I am writing on the flexibility required in being a solopreneur. To be perfectly clear many businesses in the area shut down when the power went out. Fortunately I was able to get to some other work that had been piling up.
Part of the discipline of any business owner is to “eat the frog first”. I am grateful that I was able to do that earlier in the day. Having a sense of accomplishment today is based on the factors mentioned below.
Despite the best laid plans the need to be flexible is paramount. Re-scheduling appointments and communicating with clients and colleagues is mandatory when a day is not able to go as planned.
- Clear communication.
Using the technology that is working in my case a cellular phone meant texting and calling those people with whom I had arranged for specific items to be delivered and renegotiating the time frame. In this case it went well. That is not always the case. I am grateful for the patience of those who agreed to a new deadline.
- Doing the difficult or challenging things first.
When the large or challenging tasks for the day are dealt with first what happens for the remainder of the day is able to be readily accommodated. Thankfully the draft of a proposal was completed before a series of afternoon meetings took me away from the office.
It takes courage to be in touch with clients or prospects and request an extension due to circumstances beyond your control. In this case authenticity is essential. A sincere apology may also be in order. I find that when I am transparent with people they respond with graciousness and kindness.
It is time to call it a day and enjoy quality time with those who are most important to me. Enjoy your evening and your weekend.
Solo and Small Biz Change Agent, Marie-Helene Sakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.