Making Your Time Away Work For You

Time away. It is the double-edged sword of being a small business owner.

Many of us start our businesses to provide schedule flexibility. Many achieve it in the day-to-day operations. Where we fall short is the ability to completely unplug from our business so we can recharge our batteries.

Taking a sabbatical, a vacation, or even a long weekend away is a great way to increase focus, maintain your physical and mental health, and simply get some time for yourself without the daily stressors that come from operating a business.

This is easier said than done, however. Many small business owners worry that if they step away from their phones or emails that they will miss out on business, alienate existing clients, or simply find themselves walking back into an insurmountable pile of work.

In a larger business there is someone to whom you can delegate those tasks, but what happens when there is no one to step in or step up?

Why not hire a short term service to answer the phones, filter the emails, and serve as a point of contact while you are away? Wouldn’t it be nice to take a break and return with your messages in order and knowing which communications need to be addressed immediately or have your calendar already filled with appointments that were taken in your absence?

It is possible, but it does require a bit of planning. Think about what is currently keeping you from taking time away. List out the tasks you need handled, then look objectively at whether they can be addressed with direction.

Don’t quite know where to start? Give us a call. We can look at your needs and craft an individual and affordable plan that will keep your business moving in the right direction while you take the necessary steps to recharge your energy and renew your focus.