Don’t stress during the school holiday
The summer holidays are almost here again and when you run your own business the thought of the holidays looming can fill you with dread wondering how you’re going to juggle everything. You have work to manage and possibly more than one small person demanding your full attention which can all lead to a rather stressful time.
Let’s face it most of us started our own business so that we can manage our work/life balance better so this should also apply to the holidays. With a careful bit of planning, you can have the best of both worlds and keep your clients and your children happy. Below I share some of my tips for a stress-free holiday…
- Plan ahead by scheduling
Schedule all you can before the holiday starts such as newsletters, social media and blogs. HootSuite is great for social media and for newsletters I highly recommend Mailchimp’s own scheduling system
Outsource and/or delegate where you can to other members of staff or to a virtual assistant
Let your clients know in advance if you’re going away on holiday and ask them to send you any work in advance so you can complete it in time
- Be flexible with your hours
If you can, occasionally work in the evenings to catch up, but don’t overdo it
Prioritise any important work so that it’s done early and leaves you less stressed
- Use your out of office
Use your email and phone out of office to inform people when you’ll be available. Point people to your website and in particular your FAQs to keep inquiries to a minimum. Don’t forget to remove your out of office messages when you return after the holidays
- Don’t be proud
If you have friends and family that have offered to help with childcare then don’t be too proud to accept it
- Keep an eye on your workload
If you’re able to afford it try not to take on any new clients until the holidays are over
- Spend time with your family
Lastly and most importantly make time for yourself and enjoy the precious time with your family. Remember, everyone is entitled to a holiday even when you run your own business so don’t feel guilty about some downtime. Have a wonderful Summer.
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