Business Vacations provides time for you explore the world we live in. It's more likely if you are living in America you'll take less vacation time than your counterparts in other countries. The World Tourism Organization gave reasons as to why you and me need a vacation and those are:
Instead of spending your vacation fretting about your top customers or missed business opportunities, use this time to renew your corporate vision or see the world from a new perspective. Vacations can be a source of inspiration for start-up ideas,new business opportunities and a time to think of how your business will grow to the next level.
Understanding the positives of vacation time can be easier than the process of leaving the office behind. To ensure your small business runs smoothly while you're away, incorporate these 3 tips for a worry free vacation:
Let go of Control: A difficult aspect of a small business owner is to leave the power of control to someone else, this can be a hectic challenge but you need to have created a system that takes care of the business when you are not around.
To Call or Not to Call: Should you call the office while you're on vacation? Over 40% of entrepreneurs stay in touch with the office on most vacation days and 29% contact their business every day, according to a recent Hudson survey by Rasmussen Reports.
Prior to your departure, determine whether you'll take the approach of no contact (unless there is an emergency) or call in occasionally. If you really can't get your business out of your mind while on the beach, a 10-minute debriefing with your staff can help calm your fears. Be careful not to undermine your delegations to your employees.
Have an Emergency Plan: The best way to have peace of mind while on vacation is to have a contingency plan ready in case of emergency. For small business owners with employees, provide staff with the when and why to contact you in case of a dire situation. For the self-employed professional, such as a solo computer consultant, make arrangements with other trusted peers to deal with any of your customer emergencies.
Vacations can be a much deserved time away from the office for the small business owner. If you're worried your business can crumble during a week off, it's time to re-examine your business operations and management abilities. Take the vacation you need for the sake of your customers, employees, and future growth of your company.