Take a Vacation from Your Online Business
No doubt about it, owning your own online business is a dream job. You get to live a unique life. However, it can also be difficult to take a break. There’s the fear that if you take time away, business will drop. At the very least, you might have to work twice as hard when you come back to get it back to where you left. The truth, however, is that you can take a vacation from your online business and reap both personal and financial benefits. You just need to pre-plan.
Benefits of Taking a Vacation from Your Online Business
Most experts agree, taking a vacation is good for you personally and professionally. Vacations can:
- Help you reignite passion for your business.
- Help you find clarity.
- Prove to you that your business can run without you!
- Force you to unwind and distress – it’s really good for your mental and physical health.
- Open you up to new ideas, opportunities, and experiences.
So How do You Walk Away When So Much Is Depending On You?
Step #1 Plan for It
Whether you’re taking two weeks off or two months off, it’s important to plan for your time away. For example, you might launch a new information product a few weeks before you leave. That gives you time to work out any kinks in your systems. It also helps provide cash flow while you’re away.
If you’re worried about an absence of blog posts while you’re gone, buy PLR or write your posts in advance and schedule them to be published while you’re away.
Planning is a big key to an enjoyable vacation that you can really unplug and enjoy.
Step #2 Get Help
From contractors to guest bloggers, you can fill in the gaps while you’re away. For example, if you’re a blogger and you’ve scheduled posts while you’re gone you may still need to respond to comments. Hire a virtual assistant to respond to blog comments and you won’t miss a beat. My VA Lauren is amazing and I know she’s open to a client or two.
Likewise, if you’re concerned about keeping up with social networking you might hire someone to step in for you while you’re away. Your emails can also be forwarded to your VA if you will be completely unplugged. This is a great way to move into outsourcing your customer service email altogether
Help doesn’t necessarily mean money out of your pocket. You can trade vacations with fellow business owners. For example, you might handle the blog commenting and social networking for an associate while they’re away on vacation in return for them helping you.
Step #3 Let Them Know
Finally, it’s perfectly acceptable to let your customers, readers, and website visitors know you’re going to be away. In fact, many popular bloggers announce their vacations or sabbaticals in advance. You can make your announcement, let folks know what to expect, and then relax knowing your helpers and systems are in place to keep your business running smoothly while you relax and recharge.
Taking vacations will likely teach you many things about being a business owner. Plan ahead. Prepare yourself, your team, and your audience for your absence. Then enjoy yourself. You’ve earned it!