I Need a Clone. How About You?

Updated: Nov 13, 2018

What is the Number One wish for Women Business Owners? After easy revenue wins, that is?

Flexibility is certainly an important reason so many of us started our OWN gig.

Trouble is, we can find ourselves working harder in our business than we ever did as an employee for someone else’s business.

As Lori Greiner of Shark Tank fame remarked,

“Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week for someone else.”

Last week, I did a webinar for women entrepreneurs on “Time Management.” That is the hottest commodity around. Annoyingly, NO ONE has yet found a solution that gives anyone more than the typical 24 hours in a day.

No matter where your business is in its lifecycle – concept, startup, emerging, growing, accelerating & scaling, mature – most of us started our business from a passion that keeps us going. And going, and going, and going. We never stop.

Until we HAVE to. Even when our constitution finally tells us, “ENOUGH!” and we collapse, figuratively or literally, it’s hard to keep us down.

That, combined with the ongoing challenges of maneuvering through the maze that is health care today, is enough to make us even sicker!

Isn’t there an app for that?

Yes. Yes, there is! I’ve used Teladoc to allow me to keep working on my business, while getting through to an actual, live, licensed and Board-certified physician from my desk. And not in 2 days or weeks, or even months. But on the day I chose at the time I select. Sweet.

My perspective on this is quite personal. You see, I was part of the management team that started WebMD. We changed a LOT for health care consumers (aka, patients) by supporting empowered and informed patients – when we’re not too sick to access the info. I admit, I still look there for latest best practices when I or a member of my family is under the weather.

But that’s only step one. How do we get in to see our primary care doc (PCP)? Or know if we even NEED to see a PCP in person?

Access has gotten easier, perhaps, with the advent of the so-called “doc-in-a-box” urgent care centers. However, they come with an invisible cost. I rather think of them as incubators for germs. Do YOU want to access hours of germs during flu season while waiting for your appointment? The only thing worse than waiting in line or in a crowded waiting room when you’re sick, is getting sicker while trying for a cure for ailment #1.

And have I mentioned the pressure we feel of how behind we’re getting in our business each time we stop and turn to something else? Unless we have a well-trained team who has our back (good luck with that; few of my clients have readily accomplished that when we first meet), no one is going to fill in for us.

Whether we’re in bed with the covers pulled over our own head while we cough up a lung, or quarantined in our office, there’s just no way we have the fortitude to make a foray to urgent care.

Teladoc gives 24/7 access to Board Certified physicians, through the convenience of phone, video, or mobile app visits. Teladoc doctors can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for a range of non-emergency conditions like the flu, eye infections, bronchitis, and more. And you can get right back to the grindstone without missing a beat. AND feel better in the deal!

If you’re a Mom Business Owner, first thing: God Bless!

Not only are you Wonder Woman, fighting “kid germs,” you’re taking care of your brood while making it look simple. I do believe Business Owners with kids are absolute geniuses of organization. You have to be!

When one of your munchkins sidles into your room and says, “Mommy, I don’t feel good,” you can see your day being shot at the prospect of being the primary caregiver.

(Now one of the good things about doctors for munchkins is that they are likely more familiar with the idea of diagnosing from a distance. I say this with insight from my first career, as the publisher of medical books written BY physicians, FOR physicians. And they are totally on top telephone medicine.)

Back to my frantic Mom-of-sick-kid Business Owner. You need help when you need it, and that is right now. Even if you’re feeling fine (so far…), having a sick kid creates pressure and stress on an already high-flying mom with myriad other concerns and commitments from her business. There’s nothing like throwing a wrench into the works of a super capable and scheduled entrepreneur!

Returning to my original point, about time management. Even when you have a clear plan of where you’re headed, and in what order your priorities lie, the unforeseen can mess it up.

As a clever business owner, you already use emerging and evolving technologies to maximize your effectiveness in your business. How about in your personal life?

Sure, we have Alexa/Siri/Cortana. And we stay in touch with parents and in-laws via FaceTime, and appear across the country and the world in video conferences that allow us to contain costs and stay close to home.

Now we have the opportunity to bring that technology to our business lives, for ourselves, as the family Health Manager (which we all are, right?), AND to our employees!

Teladoc is a service that was MADE for us. Where you are, what you need, when you need it. Kinda like cloning yourself! And since it appears we won’t be closing ourselves anytime soon, this app can intercede for us, allow us to take care of our need to speak to a doc (check one more thing off that to-do list!), and keep our business day intact.

And did you know that you may already have Teladoc as a benefit in your health insurance? As employers, we’re always trying to call out benefits to our employees. This is one that can really hit home with time- and cost-saving for lots of our team members.

Sound good? Download the Teladoc app now and give it a try!

This post was sponsored by Teladoc. All opinions are my own.

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