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How You Can Prepare Now to Take Time Off from Your Business This Summer

01/04/2019 | Share:

Taking time off from your business in the summer can sometimes seem daunting or counter-productive. Why take a break from the business if things are going so swimmingly? Or on the other hand, why leave your business for a week or two when things really need some TLC?

At the end of the day, we are only human! Everyone needs to take time off to recharge their batteries or even rediscover some lost inspiration. Whilst it may feel like the wrong decision for the business, it is probably the right decision for you. A well-earned break can really benefit you (and therefore the business), especially when preparations such as these can help things run as smoothly as they do when you’re around.

Tell your customers

If you do anticipate disruption to your services, just let your customers know well in advance. Chances are they’ll be very understanding. They also need to know how this disruption will affect them and what they can do about it. This can easily be done through your website, social media or even in an email newsletter. You could even provide incentives for customers to buy products before you go away, such as promotional codes or offers. Just make sure you remind them again closer to the date!

Don’t make big changes

Got plans to make big changes to the business? That’s great! But it probably goes without saying that it’s best to put them on hold whilst you are taking time off. Not only will you be refreshed and ready for the challenge on your return, you wouldn’t want to put anything at risk at such a crucial time for your business.

Manage your tasks

With a few months between now and your well-earned break, it’s a good time to think about which responsibilities can be finished ahead of time and whether any can be delegated to your trustworthy employees.

Try to finish any projects that can’t be delegated before you leave and ensure you don’t commit to deadlines in the period you have chosen to take time off. Depending on your business, you may also be able to identify quieter periods to take your time off where, statistically, demand for your attention might not be as high.

When delegating tasks, ensure employees are aware of your duties and are trained on how to execute them. You could even have a practice run! If it succeeds, consider developing this as a standard procedure for your future absences. Also think about the exciting opportunities you are giving to others, the skills they will develop and how this will benefit your business.

Set boundaries

Make sure that you establish for your employees (and yourself!) the appropriate times and situations in which you can be contacted. Normally, this should be emergency only, but ultimately, it is your decision to make. Ensure you establish what constitutes an emergency situation. And remember, if you are still 100% accessible, it defeats the point of taking time off – you might as well still be at work!

Automation

There are various options you can begin to explore if you don’t have employees that can take over. Why not invest in your website, so that online orders are more automated? You can also automate out-of-office emails, letting people know whether you are contactable during your absence. Investing in scheduling tools for your marketing activities, such as emails and social media posts will also help to prevent your business from appearing completely inactive whilst you’re taking a break.

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