Another summer has rolled around and families are setting up their vacation plans, from longer trips to Disneyworld to shorter jaunts to regional attractions. For a small business owner who is intimately involved in the day to day running of the business, it can be hard to separate yourself from the daily workings of the company. Especially in times like today, with the mixed economic messages and political uncertainty. Can you leave your business? Should you? My advice is yes; we all need a break sometimes.
How to accomplish getting your business ready for a vacation? Every small business owner should have a staff competent enough that they trust these people to “hold down the fort”, so to speak, enabling you to leave for several days at a stretch. If you don’t, it’s time to knight some of your most trusted and reliable employees and start empowering them to take on more responsibility within the organization. Every leader needs strong staff members to rely on.
It’s also important to remember, a vacation may not be the only reason you’ll ever be out of the office; setting a plan in place for your absence is important in case an emergency ever arises. Assign people to handle tasks in your absence and have a plan to bump escalated issues to you only after certain criteria are met. Give this plan a dry run before leaving the office to ensure you’ve worked out the kinks.
Assess your slowest time of year; is it in the dead of summer? The middle of winter? Try and plan your longer vacations around those times, especially if you plan on closing your business completely. If you plan on closing completely, like some restaurants or seasonal businesses, make sure to warn your staff well in advance. No one appreciates being out of work, so make sure that this doesn’t come as an unpleasant surprise.
No matter how old your business is, it’s never too late to implement these action items and make time to get out of the office. So push those reservations aside, take a look at your schedule and put some time on the calendar.