Many self-employed people find ways to manage their business during treatment.
Depending on the nature of your business, being self-employed often provides more flexibility over your work schedule and allows the time required for treatment and recovery.
The decisions you make will depend on your diagnosis, treatment and side effects.
Being self-employed allowed me to tailor my schedule around treatment. I was used to managing my own time and I continued to do it when I was unwell.
If you decide to keep your business running, there are a number of things you can do to help you during this time.
Most days I would go to work, come home, head to bed for a few hours, get up and cook dinner for the family, eat and collapse back into bed.
If you are unsure when you might be ready to go back to work, see how things go and keep your options open.
Many people find a gradual return to full duties helps manage treatment and side effects.
Ideas for a gradual return to work include:
Be wary of pushing yourself too quickly, as recovery may not always be straightforward. Be guided by your medical team.
You may decide the best way forward following a diagnosis is to sell your business.
Tips for selling your business:
For more information about selling your business visit business.gov.au.
Cancer has helped me re-evaluate what is important in life.
Before closing your business, speak with a financial adviser about your options and financial implications.
Writing a plan outlining everything you need to do can help to protect your personal assets and reputation and make you feel more in control of things. Consider the money you will receive from other sources, such as a pension, savings, shares or benefits.
Your plan could include:
For further information, you can:
BCNA resources are also available:
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you're seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.