Last week I experienced an unexpected yet fantastic event. One that as a small business owner would change my way of going about conducting my business forever… One that as a small business owner could potentially devastate my business… That is of course if I allowed it to by not planning for it well enough. I didn’t have a business contingency plan in place. The event I’m speaking of was the birth of my daughter – the contingency was that she was born 2 months early… 2 months early with no advanced notice. Although personally and professionally I was prepared for and extremely excited about her coming, being a first-time Dad, there were some unknowns… unknowns that I did not foresee. Unknowns such as:
- The emotional wear and tear on my wife and I of having to leave our daughter behind at the hospital’s Neonatal ICU for an unknown length of time. This level of personal strain most likely would seep into anyone’s professional life.
- Or, the time needed to run back and forth to the hospital every day, sometimes several times a day to be with our daughter for hours at a clip. For me, this has definitely presented several challenges including time management, scheduling, availability, client satisfaction and others as well.