Five Tips to A Stress-Free Vacation

If you are a solopreneur or a small business owner, you know how difficult it is to pull yourself away from the office for any length of time, let alone for a vacation.  Here are five tips to help you plan that much-needed time away from the office:

  1. Choose a time when business is slow. We all have a “slow season” in our businesses, whether it is the summer months, around the holidays, or some other time of year.  Plan your vacation to coincide with these slow periods will ensure that you can leave the office in good conscience and enjoy yourself.
  2. Plan well in advance. One of the keys to a stress-free vacation is to make sure that you let your clients know you will be closing down for a week (or two) so that they are prepared for when it actually happens.  Planning in advance also allows you to manage your workload and get everything done before leaving.
  3. Leave detailed instructions. If you do have employees, prepare them for your vacation by giving them detailed instructions on what needs to happen while you are gone.  Give them ample time to ask questions, make comments, etc., so that you don’t receive those emergency phone calls in the middle of your trip (or at least cut back on those calls significantly!).
  4. Set “vacation rules” for yourself. I get it.  You can’t completely leave your business behind while you are on vacation.  If you absolutely must do some work, make sure you set guidelines for yourself so that your vacation doesn’t turn into mostly work and little vacation.
  5. Enjoy yourself. Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing.  You’ve done your homework and planned for contingencies.  Your staff or emergency contact can handle whatever happens, and if it is a true emergency you know they will get in touch with you.  So enjoy your family and your surroundings.  You deserve it!
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