Starting and Managing Your Business with Chronic Pain Illness

Starting and Managing Your Business with Chronic Pain Illness

 

Starting and Running a Business While Managing a Chronic Disease or Illnesses

 

Those of us who are dealing with chronic pain, disease, or illness know that it’s not fun, easy, and can become very overwhelming, and can create more stress.

 

I was taught at an early age to ‘live with it, deal with it, you’ll be ok’ having aches, pains, etc…Had I know then what I know now I would have done things very differently!

 

1. I would have eaten better.
2. Would have gotten my rest.
3. Decreased my alcohol intake.
4. Would have exercised more/partied less.
5. I would have made better choices when I was younger.

 

You see living with a chronic disease or illness hasn’t been easy, it’s been a very painful road and at times I’m so sick of being in pain that I want to hurt myself even more…

1. Go on a hunger strike.
2. I get depressed.
3. Stop eating well.
4. Start overworking.
5. I stop my self-care.

 

I’ve always suffered from medical issues caused by anemia, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain (First auto accident at the age of 15).

 

So when you add the Real Life Stresses; family, kids, business, life, daily ups/downs it can trigger your pains even more! I wrote an article in 2017 Depression is a Killer finally the fact that I had some internal issues that were triggering some of these aches and pains and that I needed to get some help.

 

I also learned that there are many things we can do to help us get through life and help us with both our life and business ( Your Health is Your Business As a matter of fact, I learned that dealing with constant health concerns can actually prepare you for the ups and downs of business and life. 

 

I read this amazing article where Business.com spoke with a few entrepreneurs who actually live with similar challenges and they shared some tips on how to manage their business and life check out the article, you will love it!

 

As for me, I learned to…Listen to my body, but I’m not going to lie after years of abuse, it’s still very difficult to stay on track, but I try every day! I also shared some tips in my previous article Physical and Emotional Health

 

Listen to your body

 

Those of us who have been running a business know that it’s mentally and physically exhausting, and the risk of overworking yourself will happen daily. Therefore learning to listen to your body and learning how to manage your chronic conditions, and paying attention to your symptoms becomes a vital part of being able to continue working.

 

“If you neglect your health in the long term for a short-term business need, you may find that you’ve created bigger long-term problems for yourself,” warns Kyle Brost. 

 

I’ve been suffering from autoimmune disorders for 30 years, but I didn’t know until I was just recently diagnosed and my doctors reviewed all my medical history with me…Yeah, go figure! For the past 5 years, I’ve been learning new ways to stay healthy, I try to pay close and careful attention to what both my business and my body needs on a daily basis and I try to adjust my workload when possible, rather than pushing myself, but I’m not always successful and therefore know that I’m going to get sick! I try really hard to be in tune with how I’m feeling, my workload, daily life ups/downs, and notice when things may be headed downhill. Both my family and I know that when this happens, I need to start taking the necessary steps to prevent it from getting worse, unfortunately, that’s never the case, I push myself till the end – NO BUENO!

 

Managing stress levels

 

We all know that having high levels of stress can often make chronic health and pain problems worse. But controlling the stress “is easier said than done, right?”

 

Therefore paying attention to your stress, both with business and life, is a must if you want to continue to stay active and productive in both business and life. After all those of us with kiddos, we know that being healthy and active is a must in order to care for our kiddos, right!

 

So starting in 2015 after lots and lots of research I learned that I had to start listening and understanding my triggers because these triggers will also cause flare-ups. My flare-ups are caused by; the food I eat to the stress I have, from being overweight, to not eating or resting well, and of course, overworking has been my main triggers!

 

So keeping your stress to a minimal level is a must!

1. Staying away from the “toxic people”, even if it’s family
2. Delegating your work both home and business
3. Creating a routine/plan
4. Controlling your workload/flow both home/business is a must
5. Understanding and being ok with the fact that NOT ALL days will be easy

 

Manage Your Time

 

One of the many illnesses that I’ve been diagnosed with is; Fibromyalgia, RA, Lupus, Chronic Pain just to name a few, so understanding that having these medical conditions will cause sudden flare-ups and therefore trying to “be superwoman” and not taking breaks will cause pain and will put me out of work, but more importantly it’s not fair for my family to keep going through my aches/pains because I refuse to LISTEN TO MY BODY! Therefore listen and take some of these basic and simple steps:

1. Take a breather
2.  Go for a walk
3. Listen to some music
4. Quick exercise; yoga, meditation, stretching
5. Create a system for both life and business and DO IT!

 

At the end of the day how precious is our time and health? It’s a valuable resource and therefore should be treated as such. We also have a tendency to test our limits and push ourselves and maybe that was ok when we were young, but in the end, as we get older we start paying the price…So if you’re young and healthy take care of yourself, if you’re like me older and in pain then start listening to your body and create a plan, and change your way of life, but more importantly SEEK HELP, you are NOT ALONE on this journey!

 

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Guide to Remote Virtual Business

With the world shifting and many of us switching to remote/virtual work, there are many steps that we must take in order to successfully operate our business.

 

Throughout my years in business, I’ve had the pleasure to go from a Corporate 6-figure business; employees, contractors, offices, remote office, etc to a 6-figure Entrepreneur working from the comfort of my home on my OWN TERMS!

 

Today I want to share my proven steps you can follow to help you when starting a small business online.

 

Throughout my year’s researching, testing, and implementing some of these steps into my business not only have I grown my business, but I’ve seen thousands of people start and grow successful businesses by doing the following:

 

    1. Find something you love, enjoy – just do it!
    2. Use your skills or contract someone with the skills you need such as writing content that sells.
    3. Design and build an easy-to-use website, even if it’s a one-pager that has these key elements; who you are, what you do, and what you provide, and as your business grows you can add more to the website.
    4. You must learn how to do Sales and Marketing, but you also need to understand and learn how to use search engines to drive traffic to your site.
    5. Get trained so you can establish an expert reputation for yourself.

Always stay in touch and follow up with your customers and subscribers by email.

  • Increase your income using the right tools through systems and procedures.

 

Anyone, from a newbie to a seasoned entrepreneur, interpreter, or walks of life can benefit from this process in learning how to start a business online and offline.

 

  • Are you a freelance translator/interpreter who wants to start his/her own business, but don’t know how?
  • Are you already in business, but not sure how to expand your business; entrepreneurship, interpreting, translation, start-up, small business, etc?

 

“A plan is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS that many Entrepreneurs FAIL to implement.   A business plan helps you build the “foundation of your business”…Just like building a house (you need a solid foundation), building a car (you need a good engine), or even raising a baby (you need to know how to, what the baby needs, be prepared, and so much more)…”

 

A plan includes – the “Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How”…It helps you with preparing, organizing, planning, and development.

 

Here are a few things to ponder when creating your plan:

  • Who is the business for?
  • What type of business are you starting?
  • When are you planning to launch?
  • What is your “Why”?
  • Where are you planning to start this business?
  • And How are you planning to do it and starting?

 

These are crucial questions that you need to ask yourself vs. just starting off and then struggling to put the pieces in place and putting your business at RISK!

 

More tips on how to start a business online and offline.

      • Space; private bedroom, small space in your home; closet, corner in your room, etc.
      • Good highspeed internet
      • Laptop/Computer
      • Headset/Headphones
      • Good background for your zoom video calls
      • Test your applications
      • Create a Plan for remote and virtual business
        • Hours
        • Rates
        • Terms/Conditions
        • Planner
        • Do not mix business with family!!!

 

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Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout and Boost Happiness

Hard work is fulfilling, exciting, life-affirming, and hard. Sometimes, unfortunately, that last one starts to overtake all the others. When the difficulty of each day begins to overshadow your pride and satisfaction, you’re starting to experience burnout.

Burnout is a risky thing to ignore because it rarely goes away on its own. Left unaddressed, burnout can cause you to feel anxious and depressed, or lead to unhealthy life habits like excess drinking or overeating. At the end of the day, you need to feel good about how you’ve spent your time. If you’re not, here are a few ways you can take control of your situation and leave burnout behind.

Get Your Diet on Track

Stress can lead to poor eating, and poor eating can lead back into stress – meaning if you eat snacks and junk food to handle your burnout, you’re probably just making it worse. Instead, focus on getting a balanced diet that features plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats.

Eating right to prevent burnout goes beyond simply keeping your weight in check or boosting your nutrient intake. More and more research shows that your gut microbiome makes a huge impact on your overall wellness, including your mental health. You can support a healthy gut biome by eating an overall healthy diet, particularly one that includes probiotics. You can get this through yogurts, fermented foods, or a daily supplement – regardless of the source, getting good bacteria into your gut should make a big difference.

Work Out Regularly

Much like a good diet, we all know we should be getting regular exercise, but actually doing it is a whole other matter. It can be hard to imagine fitting a good workout into your day if you’re already busy. However, try to find time to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise three to five times a week. Not only will this keep your body in good shape, but it will also release excess adrenaline which may be contributing to stress.

There are several ways you can fit exercise into a busy schedule. For example, consider going on a brisk walk during your lunch hour or spending part of your day doing toe steps at a standing desk. You can also wake up a little bit earlier to make some time for a quick, energy-boosting workout in the morning. Live close to work? Consider walking or riding a bike during nice weather instead of driving.

Working out regularly will do you a world of good, but you can also speed up your metabolism (and gain more benefits) by taking a metabolism booster. Before taking one of these supplements, carefully review the ingredients, learn about any side effects, and get the approval of your doctor.

Meditate Daily

 

One of the simplest things you can do for your own mental wellness is to add mindfulness meditation into your daily routine. Studies have found that practicing mindfulness decreases anxiety and boosts overall health significantly. By training your brain to stay in the present moment, you’re less likely to spend your time away from work focused on what’s happening at the office. Mindfulness allows you to be truly off the clock and enjoy your downtime.

If you’re new to meditation, consider downloading a mindfulness app for beginners. These have plenty of guided meditations that will help you learn how to focus on the present. Don’t be intimidated if it takes a little while to get the hang of it – after all, you’re building an entirely new habit, and your brain isn’t going to be used to it right away. Simply allow yourself to refocus on the meditation and your breathing, and know that it will get easier with time.

Burnout can lead to major life dissatisfaction, and that’s why it’s so important to recognize and address it, even before it sets in. Build these habits into your regular routine, and you’re a lot less likely to feel overwhelmed by work and other responsibilities. Instead, you’ll be able to handle your workload with ease.

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Don’t forget to check out this Post >> Self-Care Goals

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Q: How much do Bilingual Virtual Assistant Salary (2020)

How much does a Virtual Assistant make? This is a common question I get from many of my followers, but more importantly, bilingual professionals.

Based on my research and my experience according to ZipRecruiter “as of Nov 9, 2020, the average annual pay for a Work From Home Virtual Assistant in the United States is $67,115 a year.”

However, this rate will vary based on many factors such as; location, experience, type of services, language pairs amongst many other factors.

As a professional and experienced Interpreter, Business Coach, Interpreter Trainer, and P/T (VA) Virtual Assistant I can tell you that this is a very lucrative business and more so now during these unprecedented times.

It’s very important to understand the industry, what it takes, what you need in order to start and enter this lucrative industry.

Therefore if you are seeking to start a business as a Virtual Assistant it is important that you analyze your skills and that you do your research.  The last thing you want is to start a business without knowing your niche/industry, or worse put your Start-Up Business at RISK!

Here’s a great ARTICLE from SMALL REVOLUTION to help you understand what it takes, what you need, rates, and how to get started as a Virtual Assistant.

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Let’s get ready to – BOSS UP AND RISE!

The Entrepreneur’s Business Plan

Hello friends! You’re here because you’re either seeking a career as an Interpreter, or you’re looking to start your own business.  Whatever the case may be – WELCOME!

  1. Are you a freelance translator/interpreter who wants to start his/her own business, but don’t know how?
  2. Are you already in business, but not sure how to expand your business; translation/interpreting business?

Well, if you answered Yes to one of these questions, then you’re in the right place – so let’s get started!

Business Planning
How to Start Your own business

Let me tell you that in order to START ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS, YOU, MY FRIEND – WILL NEED A BUSINESS PLAN!

 

This is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS that many Entrepreneurs FAIL to implement.

 

A business plan helps you build the “foundation of your business”…Just like building a house (you need a solid foundation), building a car (you need a good engine), or even raising a baby (you need to know how to, what the baby needs, be prepared, and so much more)…SO YES – YOU NEED A PLAN!

 

A plan includes – the “Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How”…It helps you with preparing, organization, planning, and development.

 

  • Who is the business for?
  • What type of business are you starting?
  • When are you planning to launch?
  • What is your “Why”?
  • Where are you planning to start this business?
  • And How are you planning to do it and starting?

 

These are crucial questions that you need to ask yourself vs. just starting off and then struggling to put the pieces in place and putting your business at RISK!

Other things to do when starting a business:

  • Sales and Marketing Plan
  • Business Operations; staff, location, logistics, finance, etc.
  • Action Plan; how, when, etc.

Need help with deciphering your business or with your Interpreting business? Check out my other posts

 

Hustler Starter Kit

Business Plan 101

Introduction to Interpreting

Instagram Blocking and How to Resolve it

If you’ve been blocked by Instagram check out these few tips to help you get unlocked.

Being blocked by Instagram here are some tips on how to fix it

 

How many of you have been ‘banned or blocked’ by Instagram? I know many users encounter this problem — including myself self and it’s so annoying being blocked. So if you’re like me someone who’s been ‘blocked and banned’ from Instagram and need HELP finding resolutions, look no further. Here are some tips and solutions on how to fix and avoid them.

 

 

TEMPORARY BLOCK

I’ve had a temporary block and this is the most common action block implemented by Instagram.  The temporary block usually lasts up to 24 hours. You can RESOLVE it by taking a break from Instagram; don’t post, comment, or like for a couple of days.  When you return back to Instagram make sure to log out, sign back in, and check for any updates on your Instagram application.

 

BLOCK WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE

Another type of action block which is the one I just received from Instagram, which includes an expiration date.  If you follow me on Instagram I’ve shared both of these types of blocks the most recent one blocked me for SEVEN DAYS!  These blocks can last from 24 hours to 30 days!

Regardless of the type of block, if you have NOT done anything wrong I would recommend that you request a manual review from Instagram.  You can do that by going to Instagram Settings ->Help ->Report a Problem

 

Some of the things that can trigger an Instagram block

 

  • Using BOT services
  • The use of BANNED hashtags – I’ve seen my account BLOCKED and BANNED TWICE when I’ve used the Hashtag #Hotsauceinterpreters
  • Posting prohibited content
  • Users reporting your account – I’ve been notified by other users who have received DMs from @RockStarInterpreter @Robintherockstarinterpreter asking them to block and report me 🤦‍♀️ so I’ve been targeted by this user 🤷‍♀️ (be aware of who you follow/unfollow and if you feel someone is just snooping – BLOCK THEM)…and AVOID these childish issues 😉
  • Posting to much – users may report it as SPAM

Tips to fix the Instagram block

 

  1. Reinstall your Instagram application
  2. Report the problem to Instagram (it may take some time to EVEN get a response from them, but it’s worth the shot)
  3. An IP address may be an issue believe it or not our IP address may also be targeted so switch to mobile data
  4. Make sure you linked to your Facebook account this is another way to prove your NOT A BOT!
  5. Wait 24-72 hours before you try to log back in and when you do try logging in from another device

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