Before going on holiday – 5 small business owner tips
1) Get updates on any outstanding opportunItIes that are bubbling away in the background and make contact with any potential businesses where you think issues are likely to rise whilst you’re away. This will ensure everybody is happy that you’re aware and in control.
2) Enlist a Personal Assistant. If you’re a sole trader, micro or small business owner without a PA services, enlist their help! If you don’t know of anyone, peopleperhour is a great place to start. Transferring your emails across to a capable and trusted PA is worth its weight in gold – it will give you complete peace at mind that everything important is being dealt with or at the very least being acknowledged and it ensures you won’t miss any arising opportunities. I can recommend Nikki Radvanyi of The Solihull Concierge
3) Get your social media up and running in your absence by using one of the many social media scheduling tools: Tweetdeck, Hootsuite etc. It’s easy to set up and means your business can be working hard for you and still keeping your online presence while you’re relaxing by the pool. Follow tip no. 2 and your virtual PA can also be managing any responses, so you don’t miss a thing.
4) Plan for your return to work. Any tasks that need doing in the first couple of days when you return from your holiday get done before you go away. This will keep your mind from wandering of stuff to do as soon as you return and will leave you completely stress free whilst enjoying your well deserved break.
5) Leave your phone at home! (Make sure your holiday companion takes theirs for peace of mind). This will stop you having sneaky peaks at emails or social media platforms. Take a notebook for any business type thoughts, idea’s, to-do’s that spring to mind – jot them down – this will keep them out of your head giving you the chance to relax and forget about the trials and tribulations of business back home.