Most business owners take between 1-7 days for vacation each year. That’s not long enough to provide the relaxation benefits most people look for when taking a vacation. Wouldn’t a full, two-week vacation be rejuvenating? Business owners need relaxing vacations that do more to calm and delight them than stress and drain them.
Take a real vacation from your small business by using the tips we’ve compiled below. You’ll enjoy your vacation more, get more time to relax, and be glad you took time to prepare beforehand!
How to Take a Real Vacation from Your Small Business
When’s the last time you took a full, two-week vacation? Probably not since you’ve been a business owner. A study by OnDeck that surveyed more than 200 small business owners found that only 9% of participants planned on taking a two-week vacation in the upcoming year. More than 61% said they’d take a one-week vacation, and 26% said they’d take 1-5 days off. Astonishingly, 67% of all owners surveyed said they’d be checking in with work at least one time each day while on vacation.
You can set up some automatic processes and use a few tools to keep your small business running smoothly in your absence. Take a look at these tips to take a real vacation from your small business.
Find your temporary replacement
If you have trustworthy employees working for you, taking a real vacation from your small business is much easier. You can temporarily delegate your responsibilities to your second-in-command while you’re away on vacation.
Choose someone that already knows how to manage the tasks you’ll be asking them to complete and won’t need to ask a lot of questions while you’re away – the point is to get away without interruptions.
Use a virtual receptionist while you’re away
You won’t want to answer phone calls about your business while you’re nowhere near the office, and many business owners admit to using their cell phones to handle all business calls. You can route your business phone calls to a virtual receptionist provider like Conversational to make sure a friendly receptionist will answer your calls while you are away.
Missed calls can add up quickly while you’re on vacation, but our virtual receptionists will be able to answer every call and take down detailed messages for you to respond to once you come back. Setup is fast and easy – Conversational can have you up and running within a couple hours in most cases, and your first month is free! Click here to sign up now.
Set rules for checking in
It might be unrealistic to say you won’t be in contact with your employees or business at all while you’re on vacation, but it’s simple to set some ground rules for checking in. Try to limit yourself to checking in with employees and checking email to once per day so you don’t turn your vacation into a remote working session.
Schedule a video chat midway through
Before you leave for your vacation, schedule a day and time to video chat with your employees or the person you’re leaving in charge during your absence. This will set their expectations – they’ll know you’re still invested in how the company is doing while you’re away – and will take stress off you by giving you a definite date and time when you’ll be able to see how everything is going.
Go somewhere relaxing
Finally, consider booking your vacation to somewhere relaxing instead of culturally significant or busy. Preferences differ, and while you might prefer sightseeing in a foreign country, you’ll certainly be more relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a week on a tropical beach or on a misty, cool coast.
It’s possible to take a real vacation from your small business. You just need to do some planning and set expectations and rules ahead of time. Will these tips help you take a full two-week vacation? Where are you planning to visit on your next vacation? We’d love to hear from you!