The following article was written by Gina Ballesteros. She is a freelance writer from Regus, a global provider of flexible workspaces, meeting venues, virtual offices, and video communication services designed for small businesses as well as large corporations.
Personally running your own business is no walk in the park. No matter how stable your finances might be, you always seem to be needed for one engagement or another, especially if you’re an entrepreneur.
It really takes a lot of time and energy to be able to keep everything afloat and running smoothly in an enterprise. This is why it’s not so uncommon to hear that many bosses rarely take breaks, much more go on vacation. Despite these impediments, however, it is still important for every one in the company to be able to take a break, relax and have the time to worry on other things in life that’s not business-related.
But how exactly do you do this without fretting over your business the whole time you’re away? Here are a few tips that might help you run a business while you’re on vacation properly:
Learn How You Can Efficiently Run a Business
While You’re On A Break
Organise Your Schedule
Organizing your schedule can lessen the burden on your part trying to figure out when you could take a break. It can also help you maximize your time off and for you to inform your colleagues immediately when you’re going to leave. So, learn to plan ahead and take control of your schedule.
To do this, plot and confirm all important meetings beforehand, taking into consideration the days when you will be away. And try to squeeze in as much work as you can before the trip. This way, when you leave the operations to an executive staff member, most of the bigger issues will have been dealt with already and you will not be needed to check them out more often– contacting them just once a day could be just fine.
Hire Trustworthy People
Quite an essential part of being the boss is finding the right people. Entrepreneurs who take the time to really cherry-pick the best personnel will have higher chances of success than those who don’t. Also, take note that intelligence and skills may be important in an employee but work ethics should also be considered. No matter how brilliant a person might be; if he is often absent, misses deadlines, and doesn’t try to get along with people, he or she might end up a liability instead of an asset. With the right people, you are assured that even if you’re away for a while, things will not fall apart in your absence.
Know How to Delegate
One of the usual things that stress out business owners and prevent them from taking breaks is claiming most, if not all, of the work. This mindset will not only prevent you from ever taking some time off, you will also end up feeling fatigued and looking harried. If you’ve hired people to handle the workload for you, then let them. After all, the main purpose of having employees is to have “help”. Doing this would be especially pertinent to you, not only so you could take a break, but also so you’d be able to expand or grow your business.
Make Use Of Advance Technology
With advances in telecommunications these days, it is not so hard to be immediately on hand during emergencies–even when you’re on the other side of the globe. So, try to invest on dependable gadgets such as a smartphone and/or a laptop. This way, if your attention is crucial, your people can easily reach you. However, emphasize on the idea that you are not to be disturbed during your break for the mundane things, only for highly important ones.
Another thing that might help get your business ready before you take your holiday, is to train your employees to take over for you from time to time, even when you’re in the office. Treat it as a test-drive for when you are away. Doing this will enable you to observe how the employees handle the day-to-day business when you’re not around, and you get to conveniently give them advice or correct their mistakes.