At this month’s lunch our organizer had brought several balloons to give to volunteers. My daughter ended up with four of them which she contentedly played with until she decided it was time to go home. A friend tied two balloons to one wheelchair handle and the other two balloons to the other wheelchair handle.
My friend said she tied them so they would be easy to pull apart and I was just hoping they would make it the mile or to my house without coming loose. Otherwise I would have a very unhappy two year old to deal with.
We rode the 15 to 20 blocks with my daughter on my lap and the purple and teal balloons flapping in the wind behind me. The only thought in my head as the balloons were flapping was, “There is not a chance these balloons are making it home.”
About halfway home there is a section where the trees are not maintained. Those tree branches hang so low that I (at less than four feet in my wheelchair) get smacked in the face when I go past. I expected to lose the balloons there. They made it through still flapping on my handles.
I got home and as I am closing the gate behind me I notice that only two of the balloons are still tied to one of my handles yet I still have all four balloons. At this point I am thinking, “Please let these balloons hold on until I get them inside.”
I get inside, turn around to close the door and there are all four balloons floating between me and the door, inside. I look at the balloons and see their strings have all become intertwined while they were flapping in the wind. That is why I did not lose the two that disconnected outside. They were held fast by the other two.
Take a look at your business to see which parts you can intertwine so that if one section disconnects for any reason you have other parts to pick up the slack until that section can be resuscitated or cut loose. (I am working to disconnect her balloons, however scissors may be necessary.)
If your business is currently a one-trick pony look to see how you can create multiple streams of income. In my business I do this by offering strategy sessions, workshops, online training and done-for-you services. I plan to phase out done-for-you services in the future but right now it is the twine supporting the rest of my balloons.
I met a woman recently who combines massage therapy with an MLM for essential oils. The essential oils will help attract clients for massage and the massages can help attract customers of essential oils. If she ever has a time when she is unable to perform massages due to injury, she has her essential oils balloon to fall back on.
I would recommend she develop another balloon also simply because of the inherent risk in both balloons. Massage is a very physical job and injuries happen. Some MLMs go out of business. I am hoping it never happens to the business she is building but I have seen the MLM businesses other friends of mine have built crumble. Both massage and MLM businesses can be gone in an instant. It would be in her best interest if some of those massage and essential oils customers became part of that third balloon now.
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P.S. The balloons were successfully untangled; however I got too close to a corner while I was attempting to separate them and popped one.