No Sick Days for a Work at Home Mom

There are no sick days for moms – period.

We all know this when we signed up for the job of parenthood.  Moms and Dads can’t get sick, and if they do, things still have to move along as if they aren’t.

While running a household while you’re sick is challenging, it’s even more challenging when you’re a work at home mom.  Not only do you have to keep up with the kids when you’re not feeling well, you need to muster up the brain cells and energy to get your work done.

So how do you stay on top of things when your head is in a fog due to all the medication you’re taking?

Hopefully, you have some flexibility in your workload to take a day or two off to get better.  As mentioned before, it’s best to build some cushion into your project deadlines to account for the unexpected.  If you can afford to take the time off and still get the project done by the due date, then take the time to rest and get better.  Your family and your clients need you to be 100%!

If you have a pressing deadline and you are just too sick to work, it’s best to contact your client ASAP and let them know of the situation.  I always believe honesty is the best policy in any situation, but it’s critical in this scenario.  Letting your client know that you are ill and cannot complete the project by the due date shows them two things:  it shows you care about the project and it demonstrates you want to  take the time get better so you can do the best job you can.

Most clients will understand – we’ve all been sick at one time or another.  The client will probably give you the “OK” to extend the deadline by a few days so you can get rest.  However, be prepared for any reaction.

A client may be in a rush and pull the project from you to get someone else to do it by the deadline.  If the project is that critical, it is in the best interest of the client and their business to have it completed by someone else.  One way you can try to help the client is to say, “I am so sorry and I completely understand.  I can refer a colleague if you’d like so that I can give them the information on the project so they can finish it for you on time. ”

By giving the client a referral, you demonstrate a commitment to them and the project because you have their best interests at heart.

Regardless of what happens, keep in contact with your client.  When you’re feeling better, let them know you’re ready to go back to work and thank them for their understanding.  When you think about it, this would be the same process if you were to get sick and had to miss a few days of work at a regular job.  However, as a business owner, it is critical that you put your clients’ needs first.  Your health is very important and you need to take care of yourself, but your credibility with your client is just as important for the health of your business.

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