Can you believe it? The school holidays are nearly upon us here in Australia! And overseas in the USA, some of you may already have kids on spring break.
Many small biz owners like to take time off during the school holidays. I don’t, because my kids are homeschooled so they’re here most of the time anyway, but I take time off at other times of the year.
Whenever you do it, and whatever your reasons, every now and then we all need a break from our biz. But how do you ensure that you still have a biz to come back to when you’re done with your break?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin
It all comes down to preparation. If you’re well prepared in advance, you can get through just about anything with your business and your reputation intact. So let’s explore some tips for making your break – and your return – as stress-free as possible.
My top 4 tips for holiday preparation
- Tell your customers you’ll be away. You can do this several ways – set up an automatic email reply, post a message on your website, send out a newsletter campaign, or simply send individual emails to each person you’re working with. Use any one or all of these methods. The important thing is that people know you won’t be around for a while.
- Finish time-sensitive tasks, or delegate them. Trust me – you don’t want to leave a project half finished while you’re on holiday. Many reasons, but the main one is that when you come back, you won’t remember everything you need to. Unless it’s some really hairy problem that only you can solve, try to fix it up before you go, or pass it on to someone else who has the skills to sort it out. Like your virtual assistant. 🙂
- Pay the bills and send invoices. It’s no fun to come back from holiday, only to find a bunch of late payment notices and overdraft charges on your bank account. So make sure you either pay those bills before you go, or leave enough money in the bank account to cover any automatic debits. And if you send out any pending invoices before you go, you might just have a nice chunk of cash to come back to as well!
- Back up your website. I cannot stress this enough. Before you leave your business, make sure you have a recent backup of your website. This way, if anything happens while you’re away (server crash, hacking, update to buggy WordPress version), you’ll be able to restore it when you return.
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