Starting a business can be one of the most exciting things you do – but everybody needs a break sometimes. 

Many small business owners can feel burnt out by needing to be available all the time. If this is you, you’re not alone. Running your own business takes an enormous amount of time and energy – even more reason to take a break.

Although it can seem like a juggling act, here are some ideas which might help.

Plan ahead

If you’ve been in business for a while, you probably have a good sense of your busiest and quietest times of the year. See if you can block some time for even a short break. For example, as well as avoiding your busiest times, the period following this could also be important - when people might need refunds or follow-up service.

Let your customers know in advance

If you’re running a service-based business, give your customers plenty of notice that you’re planning a break. For example, if you're a hairdresser, encourage clients to book their next appointment either right before you take a break, or when you get back.

Running a business selling and shipping products? Manage customer expectations by displaying a message on your online store that shipping won't be available between certain dates, but you'd love to fill their order before or after that date.

Get help if you need it

If you have been working in your industry for some time, you might have friends or colleagues with the same kind of expertise who would be willing to help out. Family or friends could be trained to help fill orders for your product-based business while you’re away.

Do what works for you

If the thought of switching your emails off and not checking in for a few days is stressful, then don’t do it; find what works for you. You could allow yourself an email-checking day or  a set amount of time each day to help you keep track of your business. The key is to find the balance between giving yourself a break and not worrying about your business.

Looking for more tips on running your business?

If you would like advice about a specific business situation, contact our free business advisory service or explore the business information section on our website.

13 September 2021