Vacation from Your Small Business? Tips on How

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For many small business owners, the idea to take a vacation from your small business seems like a luxury.  Visions of your vacation tethered to your phone or computer dancing in your heads.  While as impossible as it seems, taking a vacation away from your small business and enjoying it is possible.  Here are some simple tips on how to ensure your small business is running well so you can take a vacation from your small business without worrying.

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Prepare Your Customers and Your Employees For Your Absence

Get clients familiar with your proxies before you leave.  Assign responsibility for handling problems to one employee.  Make a list of possible issues that would need your immediate attention and delegate all others to an end of the day update email.

Practice, Practice, Practice

In the weeks/months leading up to your vacation, practice taking a step back or a more hands off approach to train your employees to learn to handle additional responsibilities. It’s hard to let go of your baby, but if you’re committed to practicing it does get easier over time.  monster.com So, the next time you want to take a vacation from your small business, it won’t be as hard.

Close the Shop

If you just can’t bring yourself to delegate while you take a vacation from your small business, the next option is for your business to take a vacation as well. If you’re closing your business while you’re away, be sure to do it during your slowest season, and give your clients/customers as much notice as possible. Not all businesses can do this however, or even if they can, a lot don’t like the idea of not bringing money in the door, so I would still recommend the previous. thebalancesmb.com

Create a Financial Buffer

When planning to take a vacation from your small business, Setting up a cash reserve or a business line of credit that you can rely on in case of an unexpected crisis can put your mind at ease while you’re away. bluevine.com

Enjoy Yourself

Maybe you can’t break away to take a vacation from your small business for a week or two yet. Start by taking a long weekend to recharge.  When you’re worn out, your small business isn’t getting your best.

Preparation is key to any aspect of a successful business….even when you want to take a vacation from your small business.  With a solid business and marketing plan in place, following the above mentioned pointers is a lot easier.  So take the time now to get your ducks in  a row and then plan that much overdue break.  Have a great time!

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Seasonal Business & Tips for Managing Them

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Are we as much of a seasonal business as we think?

Summer can be a peak time for a seasonal business. Many small businesses are seasonal businesses, or at the very least, have seasonal peaks. The question we all need to ask ourselves is. “Are we as seasonal as we think?”

 

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Here are some helpful ways to find out if you are a seasonal small business.

    1. Check Google Trends for your category & your market
    2. Do an example using Google Trends and Lawn Care & Pittsburgh (or moving companies & pick geography) 

    Why are we are seasonal business?

    Next we need to understand a few very important questions: “Why are you a seasonal business?” And “Can you make yourself a less seasonal business?”  – Here is some additional helpful information to uncover some of the reasons why you are a seasonal business.

    Key things to consider to make you a less seasonal business

    A lot of times we overlook the obvious, but we need to really think about and revisit the following:

    1. What are the skills that you offer in your service/product?
    2. How might they be useful in the off-season? How can this help me develop alternate income sources?

    Example: Lawn care to winterizing to snow removal

    What skills does a lawn care business have: knowledge of grass and landscaping, labor, tools – riding lawn mower, shovels, etc.
    How can these be useful in the off-season:

    1. Knowledge of landscaping and lawn care could be useful in helping people winterize for a better spring lawn next year
    2. Tools like a riding lawn mower might easily be adapted for a snow blower
    3. Shovels & labor could also be useful in snow removal and deicing.Tips Maximize In-Season Value

    There is a great blog post on ways to maximizing your seasonal business that goes into more detail, but we capture the key themes below.

    1. Build your database – leverage in off-season to stay top of mind
    2. Time to build up your reviews – max customers = max potential for reviews
    3. User created content – max customers = max experiences. Why they love you? Why the keep coming back? Etc.
    4. Smart financial management
      1. Plan for the downtime
      2. Stick to your budget – don’t over spend
      3. Build a cash reserve

    Tips to Maximize Off-Season Investments

    Citizens Bank has a great page on managing seasonal business cash flow: Cash-Flow Tips for Seasonal Businesses | Citizens Bank.  We capture the key themes below.(good source: )

    1. Now is the time to plan
    2. Reduce scale
    3. Offer discounts
    4. Stay connected socially
    5. Housekeeping – planned maintenance, mental housekeeping (vacation)
    6. Explore other verticals or niches where your core skills can be useful (see above)

    ProStrategix can help!

    First we can help you manage your seasonal business by building you a great business plan. Being prepared ahead of time with solid financials, a clear vision and definition of success, and a solid business plan that sets the tone

    Second we can help prepare your best marketing strategy to optimize the management of your small business both in and out of seasonal peaks.

    Finally, we can help you strategize for off-seasonal opportunities that transfer to your skills.

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At ProStrategix, we know you have concerns.  We’re designed to help give you the business support you need so you can focus on doing what you love.  If you would like to learn about how we might be able to help you, please contact us.