How to Take Your Small Business on Vacation

Many small business owners feel they can’t afford to leave their business at home when they’re on vacation.

And those owners who can afford it may not want to leave their business operations idle while they are away.

The choice doesn’t have to be to vacation or not to vacation. You can have the best of both worlds. You can take your small business with you on vacation and still have a great time. Here are some simple tips to help you take your small business on vacation:

Plan Ahead

There are many things business owners can do to set your business to run smoothly while you’re away. For example, write your blogs posts in advance and schedule them to be published while you’re away. If you think you will need documents or information while you’re away from your office, use cloud computing. Google Drive or Dropbox are two easy to use systems that you can access from anywhere.

Outsource to A Virtual Assistant

If you have a virtual assistant, let them know in advance when you’ll be away. Ask your VA if they can manage a few extras tasks such as providing customer service, responding to email messages, and managing your social networking. Your VA may also be able to ghostwrite your blog while you’re on vacation.

Downsize When Packing

While you’re on vacation you probably don’t need to take everything with you. If you have a smart phone or a tablet/laptop, that should be enough equipment to manage your business while you are on vacation. Check to determine whether the hotel has secure internet available when you researching your hotel options before making your reservations.

Autoresponders

If you don’t have a virtual assistant or will not be using them to manage your emails, you can set up an autoresponder message to help manage your email. Let people know you’re on vacation and that you’ll get back to them, or have someone get back to them, in a timely manner. This way you don’t have to constantly check your email and your clients and prospects feel like they’ve been acknowledged.

Time Your Vacation with Your Business Cycle

It wouldn’t be wise to take your vacation around the time you are launching a new product. You’ll likely need to be around to manage the launch and any problems that may arise. Plan your vacation to occur during the slow periods of your business cycle.

Practice Self-Discipline

While planning your vacation, create a plan that allows a period of time to work and make sure it doesn’t interfere with any other activities. For example, if you schedule work for one hour in the morning. Commit to checking your email once a day and stick to your plan. Allow yourself to relax when you’re not working. If you’ve planned well or if you have a trusted virtual assistant on your side, you can expect that things have been taken care of and your systems are effective.

Most business owners would agree that it isn’t easy, but with a little forethought and planning, you can have the best of both worlds. It is possible to relax, take your well deserved vacation and also work at the same time. Your small business can be portable; you can take it with you and still enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Contact me to see ask how my services can help you have a relaxing vacation where you can get away from it all!

Rebecca IshibashiHow to Take Your Small Business on Vacation

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