Would you like to have more time off from your business this year?
Being a business owner, you can often be very busy.
There is always lots to do with a seemingly never-ending to-do list….customers to follow-up, quotes to get out, jobs to do… all the different things you need to run your business.
Sometimes you even feel like you’re a slave to your business. Sound familiar?
Many business owners overlook the need to recharge, leading to stress, burnout and decreased performance.
But what if there’s a way to work smarter and take that much-needed holiday?
Start by following these three tips so you can to take that extra time off:
1) Book Your Holidays First
Instead of waiting for the “perfect” time, make a commitment to prioritise your holidays. Begin by planning your holiday time well in advance. Just like any other important business activity, your holidays deserve a spot on your calendar. By setting aside dedicated time for your breaks, you’ll be able to shape your business activities around these planned intervals. This proactive approach enables you to make the necessary arrangements, ensuring smooth sailing during your absence.
2) Manage your finances
Quality holidays may come with a cost, but with effective financial planning, your business can shoulder the expenses. Begin by estimating the expenses associated with your holiday. With a clear understanding of the financial requirements, you can work on strategies to cover these costs. This might involve working extra time between holidays, optimising your business operations or simply winning an extra client which will pay for your holidays. When you align your financial goals with your holiday plans, you’re more likely to enjoy well-deserved breaks without breaking the bank.
3) Delegate Responsibilities
Holidays are a great time to teach your business to work without you. A thriving business doesn’t rely solely on its owner; it thrives on teamwork and effective delegation. Create a list of all the tasks and responsibilities that need to be managed during your absence. Assign these tasks to capable individuals within your team. Delegating responsibilities not only lightens your load but also offers valuable growth opportunities for your team members. When the business can function seamlessly even in your absence, it’s a sign that you’ve trained your team to perform.
This reminds me of when I took five months off from my business to travel around Europe. I booked this 18 months out, and it required solid planning and preparation. At the time, I was responsible for various aspects of our business, including marketing and finances as well as working with many clients. By following these simple principles, I made it happen. I hired and trained the right people, established robust systems, and ensured the business would run well in my absence.
By following these principles, you can confidently enjoy the breaks you deserve. You’ll be able to recharge your batteries and return to your business even more motivated and energised.