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How to take a holiday from your business

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 like they get burnt out by needing to be available all the time. If you feel like this, you’re not alone. Running your own business takes an enormous amount of your time and energy – and that’s even more reason to take some time away for a break.

If you love the idea of taking a break from your business, 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. Get your calendar out and see if you can block out a time that you could get away for even a short break. For example, you would want to avoid your busiest times and also the time following your peak period when people might need refunds or follow-up service.

Let your customers know in advance

If you’re running a service-based business, you could let your customers or clients know that you’re planning a break. For example, if you are running a hairdressing business, you could let clients know that you can book their next appointment either right before you take a break, or when you get back.

Running a business selling and shipping products? You could manage your customers’ expectations by letting them know you won’t be sending out orders between certain dates but would love to help 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 you offer who would be willing to help out. If you have a product-based business, you might have family or friends who you could train to help fill orders 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 you don’t need to do that. Find what works for you. You might decide to allow yourself an email-checking day while you’re away, or even a set amount of time each day to help you keep track of your business. The key is to find the balance that works for you so you can give yourself a break without worrying about your business while you’re away.

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 running your business section of our blog.

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