How Do Small Business Owners Go Away On Holidays?
As a business owner of 11 years, I make sure that if I'm going to be going away on holidays my staff are completely ready for the event. Some of the things that I do in preparation is write down any task that I do myself and I do that for the preceding three months and I try and think of any task that there could be that needs to be done in the following three months or however long I'm going away on holidays. From there I then write up documented files.
I write up documented procedures so that they have something to follow. Another thing I do is a month before I go away on holidays I pretend I'm already on holidays by giving them this documentation to run off. During this time is when it gets critiqued and perfected. The beautiful thing about doing this is that it doesn't only set you up for the holiday now, it sets you up for the holiday next year and makes your business a significantly more valuable asset.
This is something that I've been doing for the past couple of years and I was fortunate enough to go over to America for three months and not have to think about the business whatsoever. It just ran like a well-oiled machine. In short, my tips are think about what you do in the business and make sure to document that down. If there are things that you don't feel comfortable with other people doing, instead try and see if you can do that and set aside some time during your holiday and try to be able to achieve those items. Other than that, go away, have some fun and enjoy your holiday.