You’re Self-Employed – The Flu – No Sick Pay? – Hang in There!


One of the challenges with being self-employed is that when you don’t feel so hot you have to figure out a way to pull it together and make it happen.

Here’s a raw, uncut, unedited version of me expressing myself on Sunday night, recovering from the flu after really tough couple of weeks feeling like crap. 

In my old job I was able to accumulate about 2.5 sick days a month. I think when I left I had about 120 unused days. Now that I am self-employed those sick benefits are gone forever!

As a solo-entrepreneur with the flu it’s easy to get freaked out thinking, ‘oh my gosh how am I going to get paid today?” . My advice is that you can’t get caught up in that negative mind trap.

I’ve been taking it easy today, went to a yoga class and had a two-hour nap on the couch. I believe its critical to build a really strong immune system and take lots of time for rest. I went to the pharmacist earlier and replenished my vitamins. I’ve been rehydrating myself like crazy and I’m on the mend. 

I was in a bit of a negative funk so to pulled myself up and to feel somewhat productive I decided to record this short video.

My intent is to send a heartfelt message those of you out there who are self-employed and may be suffering from the flu or some other illness. 

Accept that you are going to have sick days - it happens so just deal with it and stay motivated to do whatever is necessary to take to take care of your health. Even if that means taking a two-hour nap in the middle of the day and curling up to a good book on the couch — Dan Trepanier

A Quick Story

The ups and downs of your emotions are a normal part of the human condition so don't fight it, let it pass and get back on track quickly--Have a plan!

Oddly some days I struggle as I wake up feeling doubtful. I've noticed this pattern of negativity quickly passes within 15 minutes, but it still throws me for a loop ever time. Conversely I'm aware that I get slightly manic and overly inspired by Friday afternoon so I've learned to give myself a 'cooling-off' period before committing to any new agreements. Over or under inspiration can lead to burnout so learning to say no is more important than saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way. It's about maintaining focus and doing what matters.

My point is that when I am over or under inspired or motivated I loose focus which jeopardizes the progress of my project. That's when I refer to one or more steps from my Personalized Inspiration Plan--get's me back on track every time!

Self-awareness and skill development of your motivational and inspirational perceptions and key to doing what matters to launch your idea or project. Inspiration is the fuel that feeds highly creative people. Self Doubt the gunk in your engine oil.

So that’s my story… hang in there, live life on your own terms and do what matters because it’s not going to be rosy and fantastic.

  • Just have the self-awareness to understand that when you feeling a little rundown is going to affect your creativity - don’t be so hard on yourself!
  • Tomorrow begins a new week and a new day and I’m looking forward to diving into my creative work even through I still feel a little congested.

I hope you find value in my spontaneous post as I hit the sac feeling satisfied that I’ve shared a kindred message of inspiration and motivation. 

In support and happiness,
Dan Trepanier 

When you feel like shit - motivation plummets - understand what you're experiencing is temporary and will PASS! 

Dan Trepanier

Certified, Personal Wellness Trainer