For some, Spring Break is in full swing. Others are counting down the days until they can hit the warm beaches and sip on mojitos until the sun goes down.
As great as that sounds, if you're a small business owner, the idea of leaving your business for a week probably causes major anxiety. A lot of things have the potential to go wrong when "the boss is out of town." But managing your business on vacation is easy if you prepare correctly and utilize these great tips:
1) Create a Detailed Schedule
Even if you have great employees, it's still important for them to know what you expect. Create a detailed, day-to-day itinerary of to-dos, tasks and meetings. Your employees will have no excuse not to get things done if they have everything laid out for them.
You are a vital part of your business. Before you leave for vacation, decide who you're going to assign your duties to, and make sure they knows how to carry those duties out.
3) Be Accessible
As nice as it is would be to leave your phone in your hotel room, it's important that you're accessible to your employees. Let them know that you will be available to answer any questions they may have throughout the week. Employees will feel more confident in what they do if they know you're available in case of questions or emergency.
4) Keep a Call List
Although your employees will be handling phone calls, still request that they keep a record of who they talked to and what they talked about. This way, when you get back from vacation you can follow up with people who may have wanted to speak to you.
5) Group Text/Conference Call
A great way to quickly communicate with your employees and make sure things are going smoothly is through a conference call or group text. Set up a time to call the office each day or every other day to check in and make sure everything is going smoothly.
6) Let Your Clients Know You'll be Away
Although your business should keep up its normal pace, it's smart to let your clients know you'll be out of town. Reassure them that you can be reached in case of emergency, and give them the contact information of who they should get in touch with if they need anything.
Everything is going to be okay as long as you make expectations clear and take the right precautions. A vacation is not a vacation if you're stressed about everything going on back home. Trust your employees (you hired them for a reason), and know that your business won't burn to the ground while you're gone.