Do You Need A Break?
According to a poll by Office Depot, 66 percent of Small Business Owners find it difficult, at least sometimes, to take time off from work during the summer. More than 50% of those who do take time off stay connected by working on their laptops and checking email/social media on their phones. Ouch!
Most of us SBOs spend 12 hour days working and really need that break from our work. A vacation is a great way to relax and spend time with your family or friends. And what happens when you relax your mind? You think of great new ideas for your business and come back with a refreshed attitude. Here a few tips to have a worry-free vacation and not feel that loss of control:
1. Create Documentation: Make sure procedures are in place so your employees know what they are responsible for and the best way to do the job independently. Sometimes, assigning a temporary manager is necessary while you are out of town. Make sure other employees know who is in charge when you are not around.
2. Clear Your Plate of Vital Tasks: You don't want that important unfinished project looming over your head while you are trying to relax. Start with the easiest task first and work up to hardest, working an hour or two longer if you need to in the days before you leave so you have that extra time on vacation to truly relax.
3. Let People Know: Let key customers, clients, vendors, etc know that you will be out of town for a few days. Make sure they have a number for a back up person to call if they get into a situation that they need help.
4. Plan Ahead: Plan your trip when your business is known to be slow. If you own a Back-To-School supplies company, it probably isn't a good idea to go away in August. After a year or two in business, you will get an idea of your slow and busy times and you can plan around those.
5. Pay Your Bills/Vendors: If you have any urgent bills, make sure there aren't any outstanding payments that need your attention while you are out of town. Nothing is worse than getting a call that your attention is needed to make a bank transfer when you are out of town.