As the sunnier weather finally arrives, many of us start to look to our summer breaks and holidays. One of the big reasons I became self employed was to be able to take holiday and time off as and when I wanted without the restrictions of a boss or having to ask permission.
As many of you will undoubtedly know, in practice this isn’t necessarily as easy. If you are the sole owner of the business its not always easy to take a break. When you live breathe and love your business its very difficult to leave it. So how DO you take a break without breaking your business?
Here are my top tips:
1) Plan a break – it sounds obvious but make sure you plan some of your holiday time at the beginning of your year. New to business? Plan some time now. It will allow you to communicate to your clients if you will be away.
2) Use a virtual assistant – even if you are on a beach, your client calls will be answered. DIVERT your mobile to them – it will save you money when they call and reassure your clients that your business can be contacted when you are away.
3) Be contactable by your VA (virtual assistant) / Friends and family on a LOCAL sim number. By using such a service you can save money, be contactable and keep in touch without having to spend all of your break IN your business
4) Screen your emails. Some of the most efficient business owners I know screen their emails but don’t respond unless it’s a dire emergency. Set your email out of office to reflect that you will be picking up emails but only periodically.
Our company provide overseas phone facilities and they are proving extremely popular to our clients. One of the biggest benefits is the low cost way to keep in touch.
The biggest thing is not to feel bad taking a break. This is part of the reason many of us started our own ventures, and its really important to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
If your clients don’t like it? Then maybe you need to review the type of client that you have. Remember that YOU run your business NOT your clients.
So go on…. Book that break today or at the very minimum write time in the diary to be away fro your business. Some of my best ideas come when I take a break. I still keep in touch, but not at the cost of my family/home time.
Until next time….
Richard Cooper – Virtual office visionary
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