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Health… The Wellbeing of You and Your Business

As a business owner, it’s so important to look after your health. There’s no sick pay benefits, so what do you do if you fall ill? Here are some steps you can take to keep you and your business in good health.

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Who are the shareholders of your business? Our business mentor asked us this question recently and if, like us, you’re a small business, you may think you don’t have any. But you do - you and your family/dependents are your shareholders.

Taking care of your physical and mental health is in the best interest of everyone, this includes making sure your business is in a good place and that you are prepared if things do go wrong.

Your business

It’s really useful to have processes in place for times when you may not be able to work. Is there someone who can cover for you so the business runs smoothly in your absence? Maybe there is someone you know who has similar skills that could step in until you return. It’s worth writing down exactly how you do things so they can quickly take over in an emergency.

Think about what will happen if you have no internet or your laptop breaks. Have a contingency plan - this could be as simple as making sure your files are backed up on a web drive, such as Dropbox, or making sure you have antivirus set up on your laptop and insurance that could help you get it repaired or replaced quickly.

Your health


When you work from home, it can be tempting to slump over your laptop on the sofa. Take some time to have a good look at your workspace - is it safe? Is your chair supportive and your desk the right height? Do you sit with a good posture? These are all important for maintaining good physical health at work.

Good light is important too. Staring at a screen all day can strain your eyes, so make sure to get your eyes checked regularly.

While it may seem obvious, exercise is good for both your physical and mental health. Try to get fresh air when you can and do some simple stretches so you’re not hunched over your computer all day long. A quick search online provides you with a range of yoga poses for people who work at a desk.

Think about your income too. What will happen if you can’t work for a long period of time? Income protection insurance could help you pay the bills until you're back on your feet.

Mental health

When your head is swimming with all the things you need to do, taking regular breaks may seem like the last thing you want to do, but it’s actually really beneficial. A break - even if it’s just 10 minutes away from your desk - can leave you feeling less stressed and more motivated.

Try to aim for a good work-life balance. It’s so important to have time when you switch off from work, whether this is spending time with your friends and family, exercising or taking part in a hobby. It helps you balance your thoughts and focus on what you need to do.

For more tips on how to create healthy habits, read our blog.

The Arts News

  • This Sunday (27th), the 22nd Annual WhatsOnStage Awards takes place at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Jodie Prenger and Tom Read Wilson will be returning to host the ceremony and will be joined by a host of stage and screen names to present the awards.

  • Our friends at Propworks are looking for a Prop Electrician and a Prop Buyer. Head to their Instagram page to find out how to apply.

We'd Love to Hear From You!

If you would like help getting your business in order or you want to know how you can work with The Arts VA, head to our contact us page to arrange a chat with Charlie.


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