See great local Forest of Dean Businesses below

  • A R Website Design, based in The Forest of Dean offers bespoke, simplistic and easy-to-use websites. With over 4 years experience, contact us today for help with your website, SEO & Social Media. Website Design packages start from just £850.00.

    07564 920055

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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  • A 5* home from home day & holiday dog boarding service licensed under Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 standards in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Pet sitting, dog walking and wedding services available. Fully insured and police checked. Providing a professional & reliable service.

    01594 563707
    07582 784417

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  • Based in the picturesque Forest of Dean, JB Leasing offer industry leading service as well as competitive pricing on both business and personal contract hire vehicles. Whether you‘re looking for a Peugeot or a Porsche, get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat today.

    01594 369088

  • Crossroads is a charity supporting unpaid carers, people living with a disability or in social isolation. We aim to improve health and wellbeing of service users and promote their independence, empowering them to remain living safely at home.

    01594 823414

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  • Honey Bee Collection and Removal Services
    Professional and Ethical Bee Collection or Removal at Its Best.
    24/7. Call Now! on 07840 874567 or 07483 242141.
    Best Advice and Survey for all Bee Problems.

    07895 677123

  • Peachy Impressions design and create both luxury handmade and cost effective e-mailable/printable wedding and party invitations. All of our work is printed in-house using professional printers, high quality materials and assembled and finished by hand.

    07870 681752

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Self Employed and Sick - 10/02/2016

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For most of us who are self employed, sickness means work stops. Without staff you can delegate to, if you don‘t do it, no one else will. This means being sick is a real fear for self employed people because not only does it mean the obvious such as cash flow reducing and letting customers down but what about your business reputation too? Reputation is something which is vital to micro and small businesses and something that takes a long time to build. It‘s like a tower that slowly, one by one, the bricks are laid and people can start seeing it above the murky skyline of other businesses in your industry. Reputation makes you stand out and be known for being ‘the person for the job‘ so the fear of some bricks being stripped off because you‘re ill can be devastating. What do you do?

All businesses should have some form of a plan in place (just like schools) should something unforeseen happen. If we get a snow day, schools have plans in place to notify parents (sometimes it‘s an email, a text message, a radio announcement, website post etc). Whilst this isn‘t the fit we need, we can be more pro-active by making a plan of what happens should illness plague us at the worst time. All businesses will need to adapt their plans as per their commitments as there is no set one for people who work from home, an office or retail unit.

At the end of the day, all humans in their lifetime get ill. Whether that‘s normal illnesses such as colds, the flu, sickness bugs or more serious situations, we all experience it somewhere along the line. Can we stop it? No, we can‘t. Unless you‘re scheduled to have an operation/treatment and therefore can plan ahead, these things tend to creep up on us at the most inconvenient times. Understanding that you can‘t prevent it alleviates a lot of the pressure because it‘s no ones fault when it does happen. However what we can do is manage how we deal with illness when it arrives.

Many of us panic that our customers are going to be angry, will think we‘re unreliable and whilst there will be some who will look at it that way (it‘s inevitable), most of them won‘t as they understand the paragraph above – we‘re all human!

The key point is to make a plan (or several) for your business for when you get sick, your child is sick or should an emergency happen. You also need to make the decision as to how much you tell your clients when something like this arises. I personally always work on honesty as I find lying or making stories up tend to come back to bite me! If I said I couldn‘t make a meeting because my car broke down for example, it would only take 1 person seeing me get out of the car at the doctors for it to have the opportunity to circulate and then your cover is blown. How you tell people & how much they need to know though is up to you. Your customer will understand if you say your child has had to come home from school due to illness but they‘d probably rather not know that it‘s because they have vomited all over the classroom!

So to sum it up, when you get sick – revert to a plan you have put in place for this occasion and remember, being honest with your customer is important, the depth of knowledge of the ailment however can be tailored to them.


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