Enjoy Some Much-Needed Time Off Work – Even As a Business Owner
As a business owner, you know that there are many upsides to owning your own company. You’re the boss, you make your own hours, and you can see endless potential in front of you. Although it’s not publicized as much, being your own boss can have its downsides. Finding time to take a vacation is one of the major hurdles business owners must overcome. A little time off, especially over the holiday season, can help your business and mindset in the long run – so here’s how to get started.
Plan off-peak vacations
You will know when your business typically quietens down. Perhaps this is in January when everyone watches the pennies. If possible, plan your vacations when you know work won’t be hectic. Even if it will be, vacations are still important. Building a capable, trustworthy team will simplify this decision come vacation time.
Once you decide when to take your trip, put procedures in place so that you can actually enjoy your time away from the office. This means asking your team not to contact you unless absolutely necessary – so make sure you put someone reliable in your place. Also, limit yourself to checking emails once a day or every other day. Switch off your phone as much as possible even if it’s not possible to completely unplug. Clearly communicate your expectations so that your team can leave you to enjoy your vacation.
As soon as possible, put a plan in place for how your tasks will be delegated. Is there a second-in-command that can step up to the plate to handle your responsibilities? Can tasks be divided between several people as to not overload one person? Can anything be put on hold until you return? No one likes to come back to a desk full of tasks, so it’s worth considering how they will be handled in your absence.
For help growing your business and getting it off the ground, contact the Economic Development Collaborative to schedule a no-charge appointment with a qualified business advisor. We’re here to help.