Can you leave your business and go on vacation without the fear of losing your business and its customers? How do you manage your business while on vacation? Do you know that if you cannot leave your business without fear and go on a vacation, you don’t really have a business? What you have is a self employed job, not a business; because you can leave it. So in this article, I will share with you a few tips on how to manage your business while on vacation so that you will return to find it more successful.
You have been working hard to keep your business on the right track. You are feeling as if a little vacation for you and your family is in order. The idea of taking off and leaving your business behind, however, may make you feel something like mortal dread. You may well ask yourself the question: how can you leave your business? How can you know for sure that tasks will be accomplished and that everything will run smoothly and efficiently if you go away for an extended period of time (e.g. one or two weeks)? You have put your blood, sweat and tears into your business. What if it all falls apart while you are away?
It can be hard to put down the reins for a while, but you will need your rest and relaxation to keep you balanced and focused (i.e. to give you the energy and clarity that you will need to keep your business going). So to help you out, here are a few pointers on preparing to take a vacation if you are a business owner or a manager.
How to Manage Your Business While On Vacation
Forecast Events and Tasks
Think about the time of year during which you want to take your vacation. Can you think of any events relating to your business that will occur during this period? Is there anything that will need changing or updating? Will there be any meetings with clients? Think also about events that will occur outside of your business (holidays, etc.). Could any of these events affect your business? Will your business need to do more or less work during this time? Map out the time leading up to and including your vacation. Doing this simple task will give you an idea of what you needs to be done before you leave and what your employees will handle during your absence.
Know Your People
After you have forecast events surrounding your vacation as best as you can, consider the people who will be running your business while you are off on vacation. Do they regularly show up on time or do they keep showing up late? Do they take long lunches or breaks? Have you constantly needed to monitor their activity and keep them on task in the past or have they taken care of their duties without you telling them to do so? Do they know how to handle problems that may arise or at least know how to get information that they will need?
In short, look at your employees and ask yourself whether or not they have the dedication and discipline to take care of things while you are gone. If you can confidently answer that question with a “yes,” you can worry a little less about leaving your business behind and start thinking about where you would like to go.
Staying in Touch/Checking In
In today’s high-tech world, there are a variety of ways that you can keep track of what is happening at your business premises even while you are out of the office. In addition to cell phones and email, you can communicate face-to-face with your employees via Skype (this could also enable you to literally see what is going on in the office). Not only that, there are active directory management tools that enable you to monitor activity on your business’s server and make changes over the internet. All of this can help put your mind at ease while you are on vacation.
“I think about the business all the time. Well I shouldn’t say all the time. I don’t think about it when I am wakeboarding. But even when I am on vacation, or on my boat; I am on email every day. I am always prowling around the internet looking at what our competitors are doing.” – Larry Ellison
In conclusion, I want you to know that these tools and products won’t do much good if you go into an area where you can’t use them. With this in mind, you should look into cell phone coverage and internet availability in your planned vacation spot. Cell phone providers often have maps of their coverage areas on their websites. You can also search for places where you can get online (your hotel, internet cafes, wifi hotspots, etc.). Remember this, however that you are on vacation. Check in now and again. After that, unplug and go enjoy yourself. You have earned it.
About the Author: Roger Firman is a blogger and business technology enthusiast who spends his time writing about the advancement of technology in the workplace. He writes for Tech Toolbox, a company who specializes in active directory management.