How to make time to take a holiday when running a small business


Time for a Small business owner to take a breakOut of office holiday help

The summer holidays are looming, and you are committed to a holiday with your family, friends or significant other. You’re looking forward to reading that novel you’ve had in a pile for months, just planning on having conversations where you can give your full attention to your nearest and dearest, playing with your children or simply relaxing by the pool.

Firstly, you have to get there.

In between the everyday tasks, just how are you going to find the time to research your holiday destination? Then there’s the choice of flights, accommodation, transfers and car hire to find, compare prices and book.  Holiday insurance will be needed too, is that single, multi-trip or extreme sports for paragliding? As well as airport parking, a pet-sitter and who’s watering the house plants. You need a holiday just to get over the planning.

Will your business survive?

So, the trip is organized but what about your business while you’re away.

Can your workload or your cash flow survive a week or two hiatus?
If you close down completely, do you risk missing new enquiries and potential sales?
Will you be checking your phone while on the beach?

The emails could mount up to an overwhelming inbox on your return. If some genuine inquiries don’t receive a personal response in the meantime will you lose revenue? Is an Out of Office response enough or will you need to give advance warning to your customers and do you need to still provide customer service or support whilst you’re away?

If you are a business owner with a small team and staff are taking annual leave over the summer period, that can be additional stress and add more tasks to your busy workload.
Considering that those with school-aged children may be unable to take a family holiday outside of school holiday periods, needs managing to minimise any disruption to the business.

FOUND!Virtual assistant Cotswold Colleague - holiday cover

A virtual assistant is the solution you’ve been looking for.

To avoid coming back and feeling like you never had a break, you could manage your workload in advance.

A freelance admin assistant can provide a cost-effective solution that helps alleviate holiday stress.

Whether you need to have your emails checked throughout the day, replies to customer enquiries, social media being kept on target or important meetings scheduled in your diary for your return, a virtual assistant can provide you with holiday cover to enable you to relax.

Using a virtual assistant can also give you extra cover, on a flexible basis. We can help you with back-office tasks and customer service support, so everyone doesn’t get hot under the collar trying to do more than they can manage.

There are no agency fees and you have continuity instead of a different temp every week. You only pay for what you need, making it the cost-effective way to keep the office in order.

Renewed and raring to go

Taking a break from your everyday life can be just the thing to re-energise you, enabling you to return refreshed with a head full of new ideas and get-up-and-go.

Your business will thank you for it.

Let me know where you decide to go, I’d love to hear from you!