Working when you’re ill

If you’re a working mum or dad, or a parent with your own business, you’ll know what I’m going through right now. I’m trying to work when I’m not 100%. It’s a trial faced by business owners without kids, and parents who don’t work too. One similarity between a child and a business is that they both still need looking after, regardless of how you feel. Gone are ‘sick days’ when you snuggle back under the duvet, having made a croaky call to the boss. The kids still need breakfast, the only thing worse than doing the school run is not doing the school run, and the only chance of curling up under the duvet comes at bed time.

I’m fortunate in that my business is virtual – no-one knows if I’m sat in my office or on the sofa. I’m fortunate in that I have help with the kids when I need, and other people working in the business. But I’d still quite like a day or two when no-one and nothing else needs looking after – not a cat, not a house plant, no emails coming in, no people to pay, no books to dispatch.

It’s not going to go away, though, and I’m not going to complain too much, because I have family who, despite wanting to be looked after, will also help cook (DH) and bring me cups of tea (DD) and cuddles (DSs). I do have a supportive business partner and a great team – it’s not all down to me. I wouldn’t trade my juggling life for my old career, sick days or not.

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