If you’re a small business owner who has ever scrapped vacation because “there’s just no way,” then please consider these tips, take a deep breath and find a location for you to relax. Vacationing is possible (and necessary) for all small business owners. Rely on tips to prepare for your departure and suggestions for how to stay in relaxation mode while on your getaway. (Hint: We won’t just tell you to cut off communication with your business. We know it’s not always that easy.)
With nearly 40 percent of Americans not using their allotted vacation time, the need for a break is real. On top of that, the average small business owner clocks more than 50 hours a week at work. The benefits of vacation are endless, including higher productivity, stronger workplace morale, greater employee retention and significant health benefits. All great reasons to plan a trip and recharge.
To make your break as smooth as possible for yourself, your team and your business, follow these tips to secure your ticket to relaxation station.
- Communicate with customers and clients. Let people know you’ll be out on vacation in advance. That way, most issues and situations can be brought to your attention in advance and people can assess whether or not it can wait until your return. In most instances, it can wait.
- Delegate. Your absence is the perfect time for team members to step up. Delegate responsibilities to ensure work moves forward and the business runs smoothly. By implementing this now, over time you’ll come back to a team that is more capable, independent, and confident.
- Set a time to work on vacation. Yes, work on vacation – but just for a minute to ease your mind. Set aside 30 minutes a day to look at your email or check in at the shop or office if that will allow you to relax more. For some, the hardest part is worrying that something’s wrong.
- Let people know how to contact you. Set a precedent that it’s OK to call you for certain reasons. At the same time, assure the team that you believe in their ability to manage everyday business in your absence.
- Bring your business cards. A small business owner never really turns off. Always keep your business cards and elevator pitch on hand – you never know who you’ll meet!
Most importantly, remember the benefits that come from vacation and know that they will enhance your business and your approach to your work. Quality time spent alone or with those you love is good for the mind, body, soul and your shop!