The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry
A full moon. A perfectly calm blue-sky and the sun about to rise. I had been planning on my first fishing trip of the season for two weeks and was really looking forward to it. I had new gear and a new tech toy to find all the fish in the lake charged up and ready to go. I got out on the lake about 4:50 am and paddled through the calm still waters out to the center of the cove like I always do to get my gear setup and ready to fish. While I was getting set up, I heard splashes all around me as the lake was alive with turtles, fish, ducks, and geese. Picture perfect. I put on my new lure and did a trial cast with my new spinning reel and all systems were a go. But then my phone chirped. Then again. Then again. I was forced to dig it out and see what was up. My assistant who was going to open for me this morning had a difficult night and was ill. She couldn’t open up the office for me this morning.
I sat back in my kayak and a flurry of thoughts ran through my head. First was panic that I wouldn’t have enough time to get home, shower and to the office to open in time. Then I remembered it was only 5:00 am. Then I quickly tried to figure out what other plans I had in place to cover for me in cases like this but in the end, none were going to work. Then a not so funny memory popped into my head of a young individual asking how great it was to own my own business. With the thought so prevalent in my head at that moment – owning your own business means everything falls on you if all else fails. Regardless of your plans - there is nobody else to handle the situation but you. So I packed up my gear and paddled back to shore. Popped the kayak on top of the car and headed home to get ready for the day.
As if someone was watching my life, I got an email this morning about “How to Keep Your Small Biz Running Without You in 5 Steps”. A bit of clairvoyance on their part to send that to me this morning – so I thought I would share it with you.
There are good points in the article but I struggle with having all of the details ironed out as they suggest. My day as an operator of a coworking space consists of scheduling meeting rooms on the fly with my customers, giving tours as folks just pop in and are interested in the space, and dealing with a variety of “situations” as the many personalities of a coworking space collide each day. That’s pretty hard to write down in a contingency plan! But please take a look at the article as there are good thought and ideas outlined.