How to Take a Small Business Vacation
As a small business owner, you understand the stress and worry about being away from your business for any period of time. How will things run in your absence? What if an issue comes up that requires your input? What if an important customer has a specific need that demands your attention? These are all good questions. But, just like your employees, you need time away to recharge, recreate, and destress.
You might think that there is never a good time to take a vacation from your small business but, if you don’t find the time, your health could suffer, and ultimately your business as well.
Here are some tips that can help you plan a vacation from your business and ensure as little disruption as possible.
Cross train employees: Be sure that at least one employee is familiar with your daily tasks. This helps ensure that critical jobs can be handled while you’re away. Cross training employees on other job responsibilities also reduces dependence on just a few employees, in the event they get ill or are suddenly absent from work.
Be clear about who is in charge in your absence: Clearly establishing who is in charge will give your customers confidence that their problems can be quickly resolved while you’re away.
Plan vacations in advance: The more time you can prepare — or over prepare — for being away on vacation the better. By doing this, you can be sure not to schedule a vacation at the same time as one of your key employees. Additionally, you’ll have plenty of time to plan your “to do” list and make sure you’re able to check off all the items before you leave.
Let key customers know: This can go a long way in making sure your customers aren’t surprised if they need you while you’re away and it shows them how important they are to your business.
Go when your workload is lightest: Consider going on vacation in your offseason. For example, if you run an accounting firm, it’s not a good idea to take vacation from January through April. Maybe June or July is better.
The bottom line
You’ve worked hard to make your business a success. The last think you want to do is burn out because of a lack of time off. A vacation is a great way to refocus and refresh. Enjoy!