Colorectal Cancer: In Treatment: Small Business Owner: Stages II,III,IV
As a small business owner, you can likely schedule your work life to accommodate your treatment schedule and side effects.
- Smart phones, laptops, tablets and easy access to your business via the internet allow great flexibility.
- You can even be present for meetings via free video systems such as SKYPE . (If you are going to have a meeting via video and are not looking your best, consider testing various looks and lighting before a meeting. You can use a pancake type makeup like they do on television, and lower the lighting or direct the brighter light to highlight specific features.
Do your best to not let work keep you from attending all your treatment sessions. There is a medical reason for the number and timing of treatments.
If a meeting or deadline is critical, speak with your doctor to find out if a treatment appointment can be changed because of your needs. Do not skip a treatment without speaking with your oncologist first.
A planning day with your advisors may be helpful to consider subjects affected by your diagnosis and treatment. For example, consider how to continue your business if you become unable to continue to work or even if you die.
Find out if you can obtain disability income insurance. For information, see: Disability Income Coverage For The Self-Employed Or Small Business Owner
For additional information about the impact of your condition on your business and tips about maximizing your situation, click here.
- Be prepared in case an investigator comes calling to check up on whether you continue to be disabled. See: Prepare For A Continuing Disability Review and What To Do If An Investigator Comes Calling
- If you are considering returning to work despite ongoing treatments, you may be able to test returning to work without losing your income. See: