Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Working Again After a Health Crisis

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When you're recovering from a medical emergency, the work-life equation can be thrown into turmoil. Joan Friedlander, herself diagnosed with a chronic illness over twenty years ago, knows this personally and can show you how to get back in the game, whether you're a self-employed entrepreneur, a small business owner, or re-entering the traditional job market. For those recovering from a health crisis, living with disability, or adjusting to life with a chronic disease, health comes first but professional life ...

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Overview

When you're recovering from a medical emergency, the work-life equation can be thrown into turmoil. Joan Friedlander, herself diagnosed with a chronic illness over twenty years ago, knows this personally and can show you how to get back in the game, whether you're a self-employed entrepreneur, a small business owner, or re-entering the traditional job market. For those recovering from a health crisis, living with disability, or adjusting to life with a chronic disease, health comes first but professional life doesn't have to suffer. The 6-step comeback plan in Business from Bed is designed to help you successfully integrate emotional, social, and physical healing with the practical aspects of rebuilding a business or career and getting back to work.

With Business from Bed, you'll learn how to:

  • Rediscover your inherent value and design your ideal life
  • Evaluate options for working from home
  • Find invigorating and meaningful work
  • Manage a prolonged illness and understand your body's needs
  • Talk to clients, bosses, and co-workers about your health
  • Balance physical, mental, and professional well-being

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From the Publisher
"Business from Bed will empower you to embrace life and start living."-Amy Ohm, CEO and Co-founder, TreatmentDiaries.com

"This book is a helpful 'companion' if you need to find out how to come back to business after a life-changing event."-Ilona Rudolfs, Life Coach for Business Owners Living with Health Setbacks; living with UC (ulcerative colitis)

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Business from Bed will empower you… to embrace life and start living.” —Amy Ohm, CEO and Co-founder, TreatmentDiaries.com ™

“This book is a helpful “companion” if you need to find out how to come back to business after a life-changing event.” —Ilona Rudolfs, Life Coach for Business Owners Living with Health Setbacks, living with UC (ulcerative colitis)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936303441
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,427,610
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Friedlander co-wrote, with Rosalind Joffe, Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! (Demos Health, 2008). Through the book Joan shared her experience with Crohn's disease, what it is like, and how it is possible to remain engaged with a career while dealing with the impact of significant health challenges.

Joan is also the owner of Lifework Business Partners, an international coaching and training company established in 2000. She has personally coached over one hundred self-employed entrepreneurs and professionals in the workforce to improve their ability to achieve their business goals and enjoy their lives.

Joan has spoken to audiences such as Pepperdine University, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO,) eWomen Network, Quiet Entrepreneurs, Association of Professional Consultants, coaching chapters of the International Coach Federation, Women in Business Investing in Success and Green America. She has also been a keynote speaker and breakout session presenter for several franchise companies: Showhomes, DigiKids, Bark Busters and Pet Butler. Since 2001 she has run teleclass programs for about 600 small businesses throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue - From Healthy to Sick and Back Again - My Fourteen-year Comeback Story
1. Introduction to the 6 Steps
2. Step 1 - Beyond Survival - Rising from the Ashes
3. Step 2 - Embrace the New Normal
4. Step 3 - Ask for Help, Acknowledge Your Limitations
5. Step 4 -Explore Alternate Business Models
6. Step 5 - Slow Down, Don't Move too Fast
7. Step 6 - Build Capacity, Organize for Success
8. Share it Forward - The Follow up Stories
Epilogue - Yes You Can, Maybe Not as Fast as You Would Like
Additional Worksheets
Resources by Chapter

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  • Posted May 4, 2013

    This is an excellent book for anyone ~ but especially those who

    This is an excellent book for anyone ~ but especially those who are struggling with a chronic or disabling health crisis. Ms. Friedlander writes from her own personal experience. This book is well written and well researched. It lives up to its extended title "The 6-step Comeback Plan . . . " and the author provides an extensive Bibliography for further reading as required.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    ¿Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Wor

    “Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Working Again After a Health Crisis” by Joan Friedlander sounds as though it will only help those who are recovering from a debilitating disease or other health crisis. It is, but it is also for anyone who wants to make their life better by adopting a new way of thinking about how they are doing business.

    The author has Chrohn’s Disease that took a real toll on her life, personal and business, for 13 years. She discovered that she couldn’t continue working the way she had been because, although her mind screamed yes, her body screamed no and her body usually won the argument. The author had to learn how to listen to her body and find a way to work in conjunction with what her body needed. Thus, “Business from Bed” was written as the author, along with examples and stories of other people, tells how she coped and then thrived.

    Her six steps are descriptive of her process:
    1. Beyond Survival, Rising from the Ashes. This step helps the reader learn how to separate themselves from their illness and how not to be defined by it.
    2. Embrace the New Normal. This section gets back to what makes you happy. By finding out what work makes you happy, the healthier you will be.
    3. Back to Business Under “New Management.” Here you reflect on your past choices and why you made those choices. It also covers revenue models for employers and employees.
    4. Recruit and Request – Ask for Help. This is probably the hardest chapter for most people. When you are ill, you have to ask other for help. Most people, myself included, don’t ask for help because we don’t want to admit we need it or we don’t want to be a burden to others. The author delves into why that is foolishness and why asking for help is important.
    5. Slow Down, Don’t Move Too Fast. Although you may feel that you are raring to go back to work, you shouldn’t jump in with the same energy level you had before your health crisis. The author talks about the roles adrenaline and stress play.
    6. Build Capacity, Organize for Success. This chapter really applies to everyone. Here the author takes about finding your strengths and playing to them. Structuring your day to get the most out of it without taxing your health.
    At the end of the book the author lists a lot of different resources that are complements to the six steps. It includes books on various topics, internet-based community networks, blogs and websites, outsourcing, productivity software, and “low” tech equipment and ergonomic assistance. It is a well-researched and extensive section of the book.

    Joan Friedlander really makes the reader reexamine their lives and offers steps on how to get back to it when you are dealing with a health crisis. It is chock-full of information and would be a boon to anyone who is recovering from illness to help them feel that things can get back to good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    What a privilege to be reviewing Joan's book, Business from bed!

    What a privilege to be reviewing Joan's book, Business from bed!

    First, let me speak to credibility. Joan has lived the right to speak into these moments of anyone's life which makes her writing all the more compelling and meaningful. No one, [and] I mean NO ONE, should be shamed or feel ashamed of their particular health crisis.
    Joan walks you through the hard questions one must face to release those feelings and step forward into your future.

    Business from bed shows "us" what is possible despite our health crisis as she invites us to embrace our individual crises as the gateway to our fullest potential, the who that we were intended to be as opposed to someone struck down and incapable of success in this world.

    I give thanks to Joan [and] for Joan for extending herself and her lived experience for the good of us all.

    I radically and joyfully recommend Business from Bed to you, but more importantly FOR you.

    Stephanie Zimmerman, MSN
    adult survivor of childhood cancer [and] heart transplant recipient
    president [and] co-founder of myHeart, yourHands Inc.

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    Posted January 9, 2013

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