How to Deal With A Major Setback in Your Business

Last Update: July 13, 2019

Since this really comes down to our personal choice, there is no right or wrong answer.

At the end of 2017, I was hit with a major setback in my book publishing business.

I had been reprinting books like crazy and had reached 913 book titles in print on my way to 1000.

I use POD Print On Demand publishing, so I am the publishing company, but I use different printing companies to create the paperback copies to distribute and sell.

Well, I received an email stating that I was violating policies and my account could be suspended. I contacted them to learn what the problem was. I was surprised to learn that they were challenging how I was offering my book titles and yet I was doing exactly what I was specifically told 2 years before by this company.

To say I was outraged is an understatement. Time lost, Money lost.

I had 913 book titles and I needed to remove 160 book titles! :-(

Add insult to injury, their customer support is inadequate and you NEVER have an option to communicate with a supervisor so you are at their mercy. I explored every avenue to try to have my position fairly heard to no avail.

What should I do?

I was so angry. It was so frustrating.

Well my friends, we generally have 2 options.

I can remove the titles and stop all work and be content with what I have and look for other ways to generate income OR

I can calm myself down and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

I chose to keep moving forward. My goal was 1000 book titles and I was determined to reach it.

On July 13th, 2018, I was once again at 913 book titles in print and by the end of September 2018, I reached my coveted 1000 book titles in print and that's where I stopped.

Since then their customer support is even worse than before, I am in no hurry to resume publishing. I will concentrate on ebooks that I can personally promote or use with my WA related businesses.

My income would certainly be less if I stopped at the setback which reduced my count to 753 book titles.

I feel more empowered, because I chose to move forward and achieve my goal.

With our WA businesses, we see similar setbacks occur. Accounts blocked or banned on Social Media and a nightmare to try to resolve the challenge. Personal struggles. Lack of finances. In some instances, Mother Nature wrecking havoc where we live.

How we choose to react to these setbacks will have a definite impact on our future.

Again, there is NO right or wrong choice. It's a very personal choice to make. Give yourself plenty of time to think things through and especially get your emotions under control as that will usually impact our decisions in a negative way.

I wish you ALL the very best that life has to offer!

To OUR Success!

Mel

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djw5 Premium
Upset would be an understatement if this had happened to me but you did the right thing in moving on and feeling empowered by doing so. Thanks for sharing.
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks Debbie!

Mel
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Janet1919 Premium
Thanks for this post
All the best

Janet
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks Janet!

Mel
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Janet1919 Premium
You are welcome
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SamiWilliams Premium
Making choices is the freedom we have when in business for ourselves. When we were in the personal income tax prep business we were at the mercy of government and the whelms of wishy-washy politicians. Then there were banking regulations, to deal with when they were working through their changes due to government changes.

We could close or stop, or figure out what was next. Speaking from experience, the changes were often more beneficial than where we were. Changing kept us on our toes, and I feel made us wiser business owners.

Sounds like that is what happened for you. I agree that often there seem to be actions in play that are not headed that way. Hope you feel that it was worthwhile this time next year.

The stick to it attitude you have shown is what the new members need to see. It is also good for some of us not so new members to be reminded of. Thanks for the share, and best wishes as you continue to move forward.
Sami
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks Sami!

Mel
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Scwebu Premium
Good reaction. Sometimes you have to wear a raincoat and walk in the rain to get to your destination.
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks Sandikazi!

Mel
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Joes946 Premium
Mel, you’re an inspiration. You never give up and you keep encouraging everyone.
Keep it up!
Joe
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks Joe!

To keep going just gives more meaning to my life than if I just surrendered and gave up.

Mel
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Joes946 Premium
Amen!
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