If you are running a small business then you must be doing a whole lot yourselves. There is a lot begging to be attended to. Sometimes, most of your clients want to deal directly with you instead of a representative. This makes any form of delegation almost impossible. But in order to stay healthy and sharp, you also need to take trips, unwind and get connected with society.
Granted, even the attempt to take a vacation and recharge can be a bigger source of stress and anxiety especially for a business owner. However, it is only if you don’t know how to properly make your business run smoothly while you are away. What we have done here is show you it is possible and how to do it.
Don’t be indispensable
A lot of small business owner think they should always be the thread that holds everything together. When you run your business this way, you will not only make it impossible to have family time or vacation time, you will be setting your business up for failure. Instead, hire the right people, train them and have them partake in the running of the business.
The practice of delegating responsibilities to others is something most small business owners find difficult to do. But you can get the best results and also have your peace of mind by delegating ahead of time. Find someone trustworthy months or weeks before your trips and put them in charge. Once you show them the ropes, you can watch how their performance is before leaving.
Think steps ahead and prioritize
Besides picking the right and trustworthy people, the next best thing in order to keep your business running smoothly, both when you are there and when you aren’t, is to have contingency plans for everything you can think up. If you are worried that something might happen to the business while you are gone, you can set up a workplace recovery protocol so that you don’t lose so much in such an eventuality. Also, if it is possible, leave off some things from your schedule while you are gone. You can attend to them when you return.
Use push notifications
You can have an automated email set up or any type of push notification or have a member of your team contact you while you are away if anything significant goes wrong (something that warrants your urgent attention). This way, you will know everything is going smoothly except you get one of these notifications.
Plan for your return
The problem doesn’t lie only in your leaving. If you fall behind so much during your trip, you will find it difficult getting back on track. So, while you are away, you can try checking up on your business analytics and emails so you keep yourself apprised of any development.
If going on a vacation is on your New Year resolution, then you should go. If you need to make any trip, you shouldn’t be afraid to do that because of your business. It is possible to be away and still meet your business running smoothly. The key is meticulous planning.