One of the hardest parts of running your own business is letting go. Whether it’s delegating work to others, outsourcing or taking a weekend off, it’s always scary. After-all, you started your business and built it from the ground up, so it’s easy to see why so many entrepreneurs struggle to not only take some time off for a holiday but to also enjoy it.
Taking time off to recuperate and de-stress on a holiday with your family or friends is essential. Although as a business owner, you might think that it will be counterproductive, I can assure you it will have the opposite effect and help your business in ways that you can’t imagine.
Having a break from your business will help you to re-energise and it will give you a fresh perspective. Remember, you can’t give to others when your own glass is running low, so taking a little time away from your business can be very productive.
So now that you’ve decided to take that much needed holiday and everything is booked and ready to go, how do you keep your business running seamlessly whilst you’re away? Easy. I’ve listed 4 simple steps that you can take so your business will flourish whilst you’re away:
1. Get Prepared
The first thing that you need to do once you know the dates that you will be on holiday, is to look at your calendar and make sure that you have no projects booked in for that time. If you do, you will have to move them. You can also use this time to rearrange your schedule to ensure that you get everything done in the weeks prior to your holiday so that your customers or clients won’t feel any impact with your absence.
2. Speak to your clients and customers
It’s a good idea to send out an email to any clients and customers that you do communicate with to let them know that you will be out of office. You can also provide them with the details of the person who will be in charge whilst you’re away, so that if they need to get in contact with anyone urgently, they have a point of contact.
3. Start scheduling
If you post regularly on social media for your business this can continue whilst you are away, you just need to be proactive and schedule your social media content. You can use schedulers like Content Cal or Hootsuite which both have free packages available. You should also schedule emails or blog posts or anything else that needs to be done whilst you are away.
4. Communicate with your team
You need to speak to your team and let them know the dates that you will be on holiday and let them know what needs to be done whilst you are away. You can use tools such as Trello Asana to stay organised with projects and tasks so that everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing whilst you’re gone.
If you follow these 4 simple steps you should be able to leave the office knowing that your business is in safe hands.
If you’d like to speak to me to see how my team and I can help you with keeping on top of your workload when you’re on holiday or at the office, you can book a free consultation with me now.
My name is Selina Johnson and I'm a Business Support Expert providing Virtual Business Support to businesses. We help SME's with administrative, technical and creative support so you are free to grow your business and increase your profits.
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