I bring this up because I have a freelancer friend who asked me to be on her list of helping hands if such a crisis ever arose. So if she had urgent work and suddenly found herself in the middle of a personal crisis, she has several people now that she can ask if they are available to do a bit here and a bit there to save her from missing deadlines. She's informed her clients what her contingency plan is and reassured them that all the writers she's asked write to at least the same professional level she does, if not better. To date as far as I know, none of the clients have had any objections. I think this is a very proactive thing to do. Has anyone else made contingency plans for this eventuality? I wondered how many of us have someone that could step into our shoes fairly smoothly and knew enough to keep things ticking over. Many small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs are flying solo, at least at the beginning. Have you thought about what you'd do if you had to for example go in for surgery or be with a seriously ill parent and be away from your business for an extended period, all at a moment's notice?