1st August 2017
What’s best? A small business owner who shuts down for two weeks and gets some genuine rest and relaxation, or one who takes the business with them?
There isn’t a simple answer to this – it depends on the nature of the business and the nature of the business owner. Some entrepreneurs don’t take a holiday at all – for several years – because they are too busy working on their venture. Others, however, need some time out and are happy to trust their staff to run things while they’re away.
Here are some tips on how to make your holidays work:
Plan ahead – last-minute holidays are great for you, but might not be so great for your business. If you plan your holiday dates well in advance, you can make sure that everything is in order before you leave. That means giving clients a good amount of notice, so that you can agree to the point your projects should be at before you go, for example.
Delegate – this is something that many business owners find difficult to do, but it will help you to enjoy your holiday more if you know everything is being looked after. For a sole trader, this might be as simple as hiring a virtual assistant to handle your phone calls and emails while you’re away. For bigger businesses, ask your staff to take on some of your tasks, and accept that others may have to wait until you get back.
Consider your technology – if you want to be completely away from your business, think about disabling your email on your phone or tablet. It’s easy to get into the habit of checking your technology while you’re away, but decide before you go how you’re going to manage this. If you do decide to turn everything off, leave an emergency number or contact details with your office, so that they can get hold of you if they really need to.
Think about short breaks – if you’re really worried about taking a fortnight away from your business, consider taking shorter breaks more often. Long weekends give you a chance to recharge your batteries without taking too much time out of your business, and if you plan your break around bank holidays or other calendar events, you can get some extra time when your business is closed anyway.
To talk to us about how to plan for holidays and down-periods in your business, just call today.