By Susan Wilson Solovic

It’s almost summer. The traditional time for vacations. But if you’re like most entrepreneurs, it’s tough to get away from your business — particularly if you’re just getting started and working solo. Your business consumes you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

But did you know a vacation could actually enhance your business success? Working non-stop increases your risk of serious illnesses and diminishes your productivity and creativity. However, the question remains: How do you get away without putting your business at risk?

  1. Close up shop. There’s a diner in my neighborhood that closes the week between Christmas and New Year’s. A small town deli owner says he and his wife close for a week in February to vacation in a warmer climate. These business owners find their customers anticipate and accept their annual brief closings. However, shutting down for a week won’t work for every type of business. If you’re in a service business and a client needs you while you’re gone, you could risk losing that client to a competitor.
  2. Select a slow time. While some businesses are inherently seasonal, every business has its slow spells. Pay close attention to your operations and choose a vacation time where business is slower. Mark your vacation on the calendar well in advance. My husband and I plan most of our trips about a year in advance. Otherwise I’d never find time to take the break I need.
  3. Hire a temp. When you work on your own, you don’t have staff to cover for you while you’re away, so consider hiring a temporary manager. Sometimes retired business owners who have worked in your industry are available to fill in for you. Make sure you plan ahead so you aren’t trying to train them at the last minute.
  4. Notify customers. Once you’ve committed to taking your well-deserved time off and you’ve made arrangements for coverage, notify your customers. Let them know how long you’ll be away and who is there to help them while you’re gone. Personally, I usually provide a contact number for myself in case of emergencies. No one will begrudge you taking a vacation, and they’ll appreciate knowing you are making sure their business is managed well while you’re away.
  5. Make use of mobile technology. Mobile technology helps you manage your business from anywhere in the world. You can keep track and up-to-date on every critical aspect of your business, including inventory, sales and financials. It’s very easy to stay connected to the office while you’re relaxing on the beach. A word of caution, however: a working vacation isn’t really the break you need. Try to unplug so you can return to your business relaxed and re-energized.

Susan Wilson Solovic is the CEO of ItsYourBiz.com — small business television station. She is also an award-winning TV journalist, an attorney, and the author of the popular books: “The Girls´ Guide to Power and Success”, “Reinvent Your Career: Attain the Success You Deserve and Desire”, and “The Girls´ Guide to Building a Million $ Business”.

 

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice.  Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank.