Can Small Business Owners Take A Summer Break?

A small business owner takes a summer hike with kids
| 06.03.22
Susan G.

It may feel like your business will fall apart without you. But everyone deserves a break, and there is no better time than the summer to get out of town. With mobile technology advancing, it is easy to conduct much of your business by phone! The trick is to still actually take a break. Here are some tips!

Ten Tips To Convince You To Take A Vacation As A Small Business Owner

1. Commit to taking a summer break. Many people won’t feel committed to taking a vacation or break unless they have already invested money they might lose if they cancel. Putting money down on an Airbnb, Vrbo, or plane tickets will help you stay accountable for actually taking the break.

2. Be realistic. Your business does actually need you, or you wouldn’t be so involved in it. You can’t stay away from it forever. Only you can determine how long you can be gone without your business taking too large of a hit. That could be bad news if you were counting on a long vacation through Europe, for example. But even a long weekend can really rejuvenate your spirit!

3. Give notice ahead of time. Make sure your break is blocked off on your calendar. Tell your employees about your plan. Put up a sign on your business if you have a storefront that will be closed. Give people at least two weeks' notice!

4. Set your email to out of office. This is a simple one. Be sure to set your email to out of office with a message ahead of time, and also make sure your phone voice mail lets people know when you will be back.

5. Block out time to work. Most likely, you won’t feel comfortable completely abandoning your business. Neither should you be available the whole time you are gone—that would not be a break. Block out time in your schedule for specific check-ins with your business or customers. It will give you peace of mind.

6. Have emergency procedures ready. Make sure your employees and customers can reach you in case of an emergency. Some incidences simply can’t wait. You’ll feel better if you have procedures in place for employees to use for common work emergencies, like a website outage. 

7. Schedule social posts ahead of time. Use a social planning tool like Hootsuite or Sprout Social to stay on top of your content calendar while you are gone. You can plan out posts ahead of time and they will publish on your scheduled days. One less thing to worry about! Blog posts can also be scheduled ahead of time in some blog publishing systems.

8. Make time to train employees. You may even need to hire some short-term help. Some employees may be stepping into new roles temporarily. Take a moment to familiarize them with your expectations. If you’re a solopreneur it can be especially scary to take time off. You should still do it! Try swapping time with another solopreneur.

9. Determine the impact. Taking time away from the business may result in some business loss. That’s okay! You still need a vacation. But determine the possible impact and plan for it. Can you get more business on your return if you offer a special incentive, for example? Think about what you can do to reduce the impact.

10. Plan for your return. It may feel overwhelming to come back after a break. Before you leave, make a hit list for yourself of items to tackle the day you return. This will help you get back into being focused on the business quickly.

It is so important for small business owners to reduce their stress levels in general. We hope we’ve convinced you that taking a summer break is totally possible for you. Traveling and having new experiences is a wonderful way to enrich your life and reduce stress!

About the Author

B2Z Insurance is a small business insurance company that provides coverage for on-the-go business owners: simple explanations, easy application, digital quotes, and mobile claims. A product that is easy-to-use and helps you assess the unique coverage needs of your business with confidence—freeing you up to grow your business.

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