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Putting Amazon FBA Temporarily on Hold

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My mother had a stroke last week.  We are managing and as long as she remains stable, she will be discharged this afternoon. She will be moved straight to a skilled nursing facility for physical therapy so that she can regain her strength before she returns home.

Know the warning signs of a stroke!

A little back story – she moved in with my husband and me in 2006 after her husband passed away.  She was physically able to take care of herself back then.  However, over the years, she lost her eyesight, hearing in one ear and has balance problems.

Having fun on our Alaskan Cruise in 2007

I’ve done very little work this past week because it’s hard to concentrate.  Some parts of my business haven’t missed a beat due to the stroke and some have.   Here’s the rundown starting with the good stuff:

The Good

  1. Sales are still being made.
  2. Shoes that were ordered prior to the stroke are being processed by Pacific Prep Services.
  3. A set of T-shirt designs is being created by my designer from Freeeup.
  4. There weren’t any business tasks that needed my immediate attention or that I needed to worry about.

The best part was that I didn’t have to worry about being fired from a job.   I still work one-day-a-week at my old job and last week I was scheduled to work extra days to cover for my husband since he was out of town.  But my awesome co-worker Sarah stepped up and covered for both of us.

Now for the Not So Good…

  1. New shoes aren’t being ordered.
  2. Wholesale and retail arbitrage items that are at my house are not being shipped.
  3. New niches for t-shirt designs haven’t been researched.
  4. Items for my new bundle have not been found.
  5. New project has not been touched.

Some people may be thinking that I should outsource more of my “not so good” items.  It’s something that I will work on.  With that said, managing a big team of people isn’t what I want to do.

A Few Tips for You

I hope that you won’t have to go through a family medical emergency, but it’s likely that you will at some point.  Based on my recent experience, here are a few tips:

  1. Be able to charge your cell phone at any time so that you can call/text people in an emergency.
  2. Don’t wait until the last day to finish something with an important deadline.  You may not have time on that “last day” to finish up.
  3. Know your priority tasks and deadlines.   In other words, if you have a short 20 minutes to get something done, know what needs to be done right away and what can wait.
  4. Outsource some tasks so that your business doesn’t completely stop if you aren’t able to run it.
  5. Keep an emergency fund so that you can pay off any subscription fees, credit card payments and taxes that are due.  You may have a smaller than normal disbursement later on if you miss a week or more of shipments.

The biggest tip though is to take care of yourself!  You are no good if you’re food and sleep deprived.  Yes, I’m happy that I dropped 4 pounds.  But I didn’t like being “spacey” the first few days due to a lack of sleep.

At ASD in 2016.

Do You Have any Tips?

Did you have to unexpectedly put your business on hold?  If so, I hope everything turned out okay.

If you can, please share what helped you get through it in the comments below.

What If Something Happens to You?

Don’t forget that things can happen to you too.  Here’s a blog post that I wrote: Do This Before You Die.

I’m going to wrap this post up and head to the hospital.  Take care!

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  • Patti July 26, 2017, 2:50 pm

    so sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she has a speedy recovery.Take care of yourself. I will be thinking about you during this journey..

    Peace,
    Patti B

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    • Diana July 27, 2017, 3:54 am

      Thank you Patti!!

      Reply
  • Pam July 26, 2017, 3:06 pm

    Prayers for you and your mother…. Amazon will live on .. we only get one mommy!

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    • Diana July 27, 2017, 3:54 am

      You’re right! Just one mom!!

      Reply
  • Sue July 26, 2017, 4:39 pm

    Take care, Amazon is not going anywhere!! All this stuff will still be there when your mom is settled and you’re ready to tackle it again. If you have downtime of just sitting around, use it to read other blogs or newsletters from those in the game. Not to take on new projects but to just learn more.

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    • Diana July 27, 2017, 3:53 am

      Great advice on reading! Plus, I have plenty of time to do that.

      Reply
  • Bob Dykes July 26, 2017, 11:19 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother.

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    • Diana July 27, 2017, 3:53 am

      Thank you Bob!!

      Reply
  • Laura H July 27, 2017, 3:33 pm

    Hi Diana!
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. My husband has a disability and cannot work, so that is why I am trying to start this whole FBA thing. We are often in the hospital for a few weeks on end which makes me VERY grateful for laptops and free Wi-Fi. This is part of the reason also why I want to get better at OA so I can attempt to still run things when life is going on.
    I DO have a tip though– If you did have a run of the mill 9-5 kind of job, you should be able to activate your FMLA which typically does not pay but allows you to miss time from work without being fired. They understand that life happens too.
    Thanks for all the information as always!

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    • Diana July 28, 2017, 2:59 pm

      Hi Laura,
      I truly hope that you can get your FBA business going. It is nice that you can still work at the hospital….However, it is hard to concentrate but getting into a routine helps.

      Thanks for the FMLA tip!

      Diana

      Reply
  • Ree Klein July 27, 2017, 4:30 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, Diana. I know what it’s like to be in your shoes and it’s not fun for anyone. It’s so hard to see a parent lose their strength, health and independence. But how wonderful that you and your husband are there to help her through this difficult time.

    I am so happy I had a chance to meet you and your mom at the 2016 ASD trade show. In fact, I believe I took that picture! Your mom has such a beautiful personality and you two are so cute together. Give her a hug from me and I hope that she recovers quickly.

    As others have said, your business will be there when you have the time and heart to get back to it. You are so organized that it will be like slipping on your most comfortable pair of jeans!

    Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help ~
    Ree

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    • Diana July 28, 2017, 2:57 pm

      Hi Ree,
      Yes, you were the one the took that picture! I’m glad that you did because we don’t have too many recent pictures together. Thanks for your nice thoughts.

      Diana

      Reply
  • Karen Blanchard July 28, 2017, 1:33 am

    I love how positive you are in a very sad/scary situation.
    Sending big prayers to you and your mom!
    Karen

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    • Diana July 28, 2017, 2:54 pm

      Thank you Karen!!

      Reply
  • Joyce Staskewicz July 30, 2017, 10:41 pm

    Hi Diana, I am new to your website/blog. I really enjoy all of the information that you provide. I am very close to start selling on Amazon and want to thank you for sharing your resources. So sorry to hear about your mom. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

    Joyce

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    • Diana July 31, 2017, 1:57 am

      Hi Joyce,

      That’s great that you are starting your Amazon FBA Journey soon. I wish you lots of luck with it and feel free to ask me any questions that may come up.

      I appreciate your note about my mother’s recovery. She is in a skilled nursing home and is making great progress with her therapy sessions.

      Take care,

      Diana

      Reply

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