BLOG: You can have a holiday and own a business, too

Kirsten Hawke

As a business owner it may feel like all work and no play, at times.
The legendary comedian Lesley Nielsen once said, “Doing nothing is very hard to do, you never know when you’re finished.”
If you dream of getting away from it all but worry about how your business will cope in your absence, you’re not alone.

BLOG: You can have a holiday and own a business, too

However, BUSINESS buddy knows from experience that to remain motivated and to sustain your health, you must take a break every now and then.

So here are our top five tips on how to keep your business on track while you take that well-earned holiday.

1.    Preparation

The key to making your trip a pleasure, is to prepare clients and your employees for your absence.

Give clients plenty of notice about your holiday and organise them accordingly.

If possible, plan your getaway for a time of year that is typically quieter or when there are no significant events planned for your clients.

And, tell clients you will return to work one or two days later than your actual return.

This gives you a couple of days to catch up on anything you have missed while you were away.

 

2.    Staff

Just like a devoted parent, the thought of leaving your baby in the hands of someone else can be daunting and uncomfortable.

The worry that while the cats away, the mice will play is a common concern for small to medium enterprise (SMEs) owners.

Ensuring more than one trusted staff member is trained in all facets of the business is important and this should be a long-term company culture – not something introduced the week before your holiday.

They need to be able to liaise with all clients on your behalf and deal with any problems should they arise.

If you need to check in on the business daily, choose a convenient time for you and your family and set a time limit.

You don’t want to be bombarded with emails or telephone calls when you are supposed to be relaxing, so ask for one summary email to be sent per day.

If there are any tasks you deem beyond the realms of your staff, you may need to consider hiring a subcontractor or virtual assistant such as Number Nurses to provide additional help while you are away.

 

3.    Use cloud-based systems

Files

By using a cloud-based system such as Dropbox, you can share and view files, wherever you are in the world.

Job management

Through any computer or smart phone, collaboration tools, such as Trello and WorkflowMax tell you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and progress to-date.

If you need to – you can always stay in the loop.

Payroll

If you are concerned about how to pay staff while you are sipping your gin cocktails, you can easily process your payroll from anywhere on any device by using an online system such as Smartpayroll.

Just be aware that the smart phone app displays may be slightly different information available via the desktop version.

4.    Social media

Here’s a thought. Avoid checking into social media while on holiday.

Seeing posts that may annoy or frustrate you will dampen your holiday mojo.

For your business page, create and schedule posts before you go away and have a trusted social media manager look after any responses.

Finally, the more you can relax, switch off and enjoy your holiday, the more you and your company will benefit in the long run.

If you want any further questions on how to plan your annual leave, contact BUSINESS buddy on 0800 283 399.

We have our bags packed and are ready to fly off anywhere with you.

Kirsten Hawke