Remember when you were a kid and summer meant vacation and family fun? As a small business owner, it either means a slow season where you worry about sales, or a busy season where you need to hire more help. So the big question is this: is it even possible to take a vacation if you’re the only person in your company?
Forty-three percent of small business owners say they are taking less vacation than they were five years ago, according to a Sage Reinvention Study. Why even try to take a vacation? Shouldn’t you spend every waking moment working on growing your business? The truth is, studies show that taking a break from business now and then can help improve focus and social skills. Taking a vacation also means getting out from behind your computers and experiencing new things, which can lead to great new business ideas.
Here are some more good reasons to take a vacation:
- You’ve probably been ignoring family and friends while building your business. A vacation is a good time to catch up and reunite.
- Sometimes you need to take a vacation just to think clearly. With a clear mind, you might find the solution to a problem you’ve been having at the office or with a client.
- Vacations are opportunities to meet new people and make new contacts. You never know if someone you meet at the beach will be the client you’ve been looking for.
- It’s possible to take a vacation and still stay in touch with clients if you need to. Make sure your business documents are stored in the cloud and accessible wherever you are.
Unfortunately, if you’re a sole proprietor, you don’t have anyone to delegate important business tasks to, unless you hire a temporary virtual assistant.
Other cons to taking a vacation are:
- You’re not there when a client has an emergency and needs something right away.
- You could miss out on an opportunity because you weren’t in the office to get the call.
- A vacation might not fit in your budget if you’re putting all your profits back into the business.
- Even more work will be waiting for you when you get back.
It’s true that it will be much harder for you to find time to get away as a sole business owner, but it’s not impossible. Have someone (a trusted friend, a shared receptionist, a temporary assistant) answer your phone, check your website’s comments or even access your email. Explain clearly when you should be interrupted and what situations can wait until you’re back. Make sure all your clients know when you’re leaving and when you’re returning. Most clients will be understanding and wish you well.
Ultimately, everyone needs a break every now and then. So even if it is only for a few days, take the time to recharge and come back refreshed and more productive than before.
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