You need it.
I know how hard you work.
I know how many hours you are pouring into your business. I know how much of your blood, sweat and tears is in your business.
You deserve a break.
Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Take a vacation.
Those 3 words can either elicit euphoria OR stress. If it’s stress, then that is even more reason you need to take a break.
1. Give Yourself Permission to Step Away
It’s time to put the martyr suit in the closet. Shut the door, lock it and throw away the key.
You are not put on this earth to be at the mercy and beck and call of your customers. You provide service and products to solve a problem. And if you are going to do so effectively for years to come – then take a break. Your business will survive. You will survive. Your customers will survive. It’s as straight forward as that. Give yourself permission to take a break – you will come back a better business owner.
2. Manage Expectations
Tell people you are closed. Set up a vacation alert on your email so people aren’t wondering why you aren’t responding. Change your voice-mail so people aren’t expecting a call back that day. Be clear when you will responding to your customers and honour that date. Give customers who would normally interact with you during those times a heads up, in advance, that you won’t be there. Put up a closed sign in your window. The worst thing you can do is disappear and be AWOL. Nobody will fault you for taking a vacation – and if they do… then it’s time for a gut check… they ain’t your Premium Client. #Firetheirass
3. Automate Your Marketing
The one non-negotiable for your business any time of year is marketing. It happens 365 day a year. Not up for discussion.
No marketing = no business.
Marketing is the backbone of your business success… however… much of it can be automated. Prewrite blog posts and schedule them to go out. Preschedule tweets and Facebook posts to go out while you’re away. Perhaps hire someone to monitor you online sites to ensure all interaction and engagement is acknowledged – perception is everything. You work so hard to create a welcoming and caring online community that it would be a shame to have people’s interactions go unnoticed.
4. Set a Boundary
Your power word is: NO.
No you cannot schedule just one call.
No you cannot get that one peice of work out.
No you cannot deal with someone elses fires.
No. You are not available while you are on vacation – otherwise you would just simply by working out of the office. It doesn’t make sense.
Remove the temptation. Put away your phone. Turn off the data on your devices. Step away from your business. The sun will still rise tomorrow, the world will keep turning, and when you run your business from a State of Abundance, you will have plenty of clients who will need you upon your return.
5. Plan for Your Re-Entry
Returning from vacation can be overwhelming. With the backlog of emails and work requests, sometimes coming back to work can be daunting. Give yourself a day to transition back. Don’t schedule client calls on your first day back in the saddle. Give yourself the time to get back in the work head space, to refill your sails and get ready to blow your business out of the water.
You are a very smart cookie… leave a comment with your tips for taking a vacation from your business. Your knowledge is totally valued and needed.
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