Does taking a personal vacation seem like a pipe dream? As a small business owner, your responsibilities are 24/7, they never stop! And it’s hard to turn it off long enough to unplug and get away.
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But it can be done. Here are tips to help you get away and take a real vacation this summer—and still do what you need to do for your business.
Delegate: Delegating responsibilities and trusting your employees is not only essential to growing your business, but it also makes it possible for you to take time off.
Start now to plan who on the team can handle your duties, decide whether you want to spread your workload around or hand it off to one person, and evaluate which aspects of your role can wait until you get back.
Set your Out of Office: Whichever approach you take to delegation, have one person at your business handle your emails, phone calls and other communications while you’re out. Make your key customers aware of your plans so they won’t be surprised.
Make sure your contact understands what you consider a “real emergency” that justifies contacting you on your vacation. Or, if you can’t unplug completely, set up a time each day (or every other day) when you’ll check in with him or her briefly.
Be Mobile-Ready. If you do need to check a few emails during your vacation, find out in advance what types of business services you can get at your hotel. Try to stick to your mobile phone or tablet to prevent opening your computer for longer than necessary.
Research your hotel’s WiFi capabilities in case you need to review large media files from your phone. This is especially important in a location outside your normal wireless service to prevent overage charges and extra fees.
Be ready for emergencies. Worst case scenario, you need to jump online, but you didn’t bring your laptop—or your laptop died on you. It’s happened to me on vacation and it’s a nightmare. But there’s a solution. If you’re near a FedEx Office location, you can rent a computer workstation to go online and do what you need to do. It’s secure and you can self-pay so you’re in and out fast without losing too much precious time from your vacation.
Small business owners should make time for a vacation like everyone else. We often find ourselves operating as a one-man machine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take time off to relax and enjoy time with friends and family!
Hopefully these tips will help you find the peace of mind you need to get away and recharge. It will benefit you and your business!
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