Getting Back on Track After a Major Financial Setback


Most of us, at one time or another, will experience a financial calamity; this is even more likely if you happen to run your own small business! Our stocks will fall, we’ll lose our jobs, or we’ll find out that our insurance policy doesn’t cover that thing we really need it to cover.

When this happens, the worst thing that you can do is bury your head in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening, or even worse, stress yourself out to the point of breakdown. That will only make things worse. Here are some things you should do, instead, to get back on track after a major financial setback:

Put Things into Perspective

Yes, you’re struggling now – you’ve been dealt a bad hand, and it will take time to recover – but it could be worse. If you’re healthy, you have a healthy loving family, and you know deep down that you have the skills to build things back up and get on track again, you’re actually very lucky and remembering this, rather than wallowing in self pity will, is what will get you back on your feet sooner, rather than later.

Do What You Can to Prevent Things Getting Worse

This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people just let things fester until their situation gets more and direr. Instead of doing that, access your financial situation and start firefighting right away. This could mean dealing with a debt consolidation expert at, talking to your debtors to see if they can cut you some slack or even just taking on a second job to keep some money coming in while you strive to rebuild your business. It also means not doing anything stupid like investing what little money you have in shaky stocks in a bid to get back on an even keel fast, for example.

Create a Budget

It’s a staple on pretty much ever finance-related blog post, but that’s because creating a budget works; it really can help you to avoid total financial ruin and claw your way back to normal. Do this right now and stick to the budget you come up with to at least ensure that you keep your head above water and can still provide the basics for your family until things get better.

Start Working

Instead of falling into a pit of despair, worrying about your dwindling finances and the imminent ruin you face, get to work. Even if you have to take a job that you wouldn’t have even considered six months ago, even if it means you have to work on rebuilding your business when you get home at night, because not only will it bring the immediate cash you need right now in, but it will also help to restore your self-esteem and stop you from ruminating.

Never Give Up

Can you recover from this setback? Yes, you can. Never forget that, no matter how hopeless things look, you can recover your financial security, many people have done before you, and many of them were in even stickier situations than you now find yourself. So, never give up!


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Ben is a follower of Christ, a rabid computer geek, small business owner, and breaker of things. He is married way above his station in life and has three wonderful children who have made driving him insane their mission in life.

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