Guest Post: Marjorie McMillian at Come On Get Well
One of the great benefits of running your own business is the freedom to pack up and take a vacation whenever you want. Of course, this is much easier said than done. Your business needs you every day.
How are you supposed to juggle your daily business responsibilities and enjoy a relaxing vacation at the same time? Whether you’re embarking on a week-long trip or heading overseas for a few months of adventure, check out the following tips from Allen Batista Travel, Inc. to learn how you can manage your business on the road.
Automate Everything You Can
Before leaving on your trip, try to automate as much of your business as possible. Setting up automated systems will help you save time on daily tasks so you can step away from your business and enjoy your trip. Take advantage of digital tools to automate everything from customer support to employee payroll.
Managing your payroll is easy with the right financial software. Look for a payroll platform that offers automatic scheduling, tax calculation, employee benefits management, and same-day direct deposit. With all of these features, you won’t have to lift a finger to ensure your employees get paid.
Outsource the Rest
For anything you can’t automate, outsource it to remote freelancers. Tasks that require a human touch are excellent candidates for outsourcing. 99designs suggests outsourcing tasks like graphic design, social media management, sales, marketing management, and writing.
By outsourcing these time-consuming projects, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your vacation. Start looking for contractors well before you plan to leave for your trip to ensure they’re set up to work relatively independently while you’re gone.
Develop a Daily Routine
If you plan on working during your trip, establish a routine ahead of time. Without a routine, you may find yourself working in the hotel all day instead of exploring your destination or relaxing in the sun. For example, you may plan to get up early and plug away at your business during the first half of the day, leaving the afternoons free for whatever is on your travel itinerary. Try to work during the hours when you’re typically most productive.
Importantly, make sure you have a comfortable, distraction-free workspace with a reliable internet connection. This might mean booking an Airbnb with a desk or finding a coworking space near your hotel. You will not be productive working at the beach, by the pool, or lounging in a hammock!
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your business and notify your clients about your absence. MoxiWorks recommends letting your clients know as soon as you’ve solidified your travel plans.
Make it clear when you will be leaving, how often you’ll be available while you’re gone, and when you will resume your regular business schedule. If you’re taking some time off from work projects, send out a last-call email to your clients so you can tackle any last-minute tasks before logging off completely.
Take a Few Days Off
Even if you can’t be away from your business for the entirety of your vacation, try to take a few days off to really relax and enjoy your time away. Unplugging for a little while can help relieve chronic stress and anxiety. Plus, stepping away will force you to set up systems to keep your business running in your absence, so you can feel confident traveling more in the future. Trust your team to handle things for a couple of days while you enjoy some much-needed rest!
If you’re a business owner and you want to go on a trip, don’t let anything stop you! You have access to all kinds of tools and resources that can help you manage your business while you’re away. And once you put these systems in place, you’ll be able to travel more often!
Are you ready to book your getaway? Allen Batista Travel, Inc. can help with airfare, hotel, cruise vacations, packaged tours, car rentals, and more. Call today so we can help you plan the perfect trip! 917-371-3753 or email email@example.com