Down But Not Out: 9 Tips To Cope With Illness When You’re Self-Employed

If you run your own business, there’s often nobody to delegate to while you take to your sick bed. Here are some quick coping strategies to keep your visibility high and your business ticking over when the lurgy hits.

Taz Thornton
5 min readDec 3, 2019

I’VE been ill.

Who am I kidding? I’m still ill! 🤢🤧🤒

We’re talking the whole Linda Blair look. Okay, my head might not be spinning all the way around and I don’t have the energy for the spider walk, but you get the picture.

Aching limbs, temperature, ridiculous amounts of snot, voice that sounds like I’ve been possessed, surrounded by soggy tissues and empty cough syrup bottles.

This isn’t right.

I’ve been getting fitter this year.

I work out regularly.

I eat better foods.

I kicked asthma’s ass.

I don’t even drink or take caffeine these days.

I shouldn’t be getting winter lurgies, right?

Who do I complain to?

Terminator bugs

This year’s bugs are virulent. They’re like terminator germs — I swear, Skynet will be involved somewhere!

I know so many people who’ve been bowled over. And, just when they think they’re getting better, the second battalion starts firing.

That’s what happened to me, too. It hit properly when I was working in Cannes, at the end of October, then I was well for about a week, then it came back with reinforcements.

This second bout is definitely worse.

What’s more, this lurgy is in cahoots with Depression and Low Self Esteem. They’ve formed a coalition government of germs. A bit like the Conservatives and Lib Dems, but with an even more insidious agenda.

What does this have to do with you?

You know the way I roll, folks. If I’m going through something challenging, you can guarantee I’ll try to find a way to help others…



Taz Thornton

3 X TEDx speaker, bestselling author, award-winning confidence & visibility coach. Creator of the #UnleashYourAwesome empowerment & #ProjectArtemis programmes.