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
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!