If it seems difficult for office managers to take a break, it can seem downright impossible for the owner of a small business. Here again we have tips on how to do that – while ensuring there’s no break in your business.
It’s not surprising many small-business owners feel reluctant to go on holiday. After all, everything is riding on them. Plus, many owner-operated businesses have only a handful of employees, hired for their specialized skills. These employees don’t have the owner’s overview of the business, nor the contacts that keep the work flowing in.
But because so much depends upon a business owner’s good mental and physical health, it is absolutely critical that you take occasional breaks! R&R means more than rest and relaxation. It means recharge and recover, too. Without that all-important time off, the stresses of business will drag you, the owner, down – and that will drag down your business.
Here are four things business owners can do to make that much-needed vacation possible:
- If you are going to travel, plan it months ahead and book most of your travel arrangements – flights, hotels, car rentals. You can often get some great deals by booking ahead. Once you make the bookings, they become a commitment. That means you are less likely to cancel them if something unexpected comes up in your business, as it inevitably will.
- Let your clients know well in advance of your vacation plans. Advise them of the last date for booking work before you leave to be sure it gets done.
- If your employees can’t handle work that has to be done while you’re away, consider referring them to someone you know who can do the work. And no, don’t worry if that person is a competitor. If your clients love you, they won’t leave. In fact, they’ll think all the more of you for caring and being conscientious enough to make the referral.
- Consider letting your clients reach you by email or text if they really need to. Just remind them that you’ll be on holiday and won’t be able to respond as quickly as you do from the office.
Downtime advice from Digitech’s President
Once you are on holiday, use the time to refresh wisely and well! Here’s Pierre Adjoury on what he does to ensure he gets the most out of a vacation:
“I once read somewhere that sitting on a beach for two weeks was not a good idea because the lack of stimulation dulls your mind and permanently cuts points from your IQ. Since reading that, I keep my do-nothing days on vacation down to just a couple and spend the rest of my days re-invigorating my body and mind.
“I walk, swim and ride my bike almost every day, and make sure I leave time for family activities, social gatherings, reading, hobbies and visiting new places. I simply don’t have enough IQ points to spare!”
If you are like a lot of business owners or one-person-shops, it’s probably been a fair while since you gave yourself a proper break. Make sure you take one this year – and enjoy!
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