Your business is your baby, so you pour everything you have into it to make sure it succeeds. In the beginning, you may not have a choice of taking time off. Hiring help is expensive, and you want to shape the business with your vision at the core. If you’re not working, your business isn’t growing. But denying yourself vacation time can backfire, so pull up your schedule, and slot time for a much-deserved break.
Why Small Business Owners Don’t Take Vacations
You feel like you can’t leave your business alone, even for a day. You’re the heart and soul of the business, and so many things could happen in your absence. Can your employees handle the day-to-day operations without you? You envision the mess you might return to after your time off. You might feel like unpaid time off is an expense of being self-employed that you can’t afford. There are many reasons small business owners sacrifice their own vacation time, but the benefits of getting away from the office may overpower those reasons.
Why You Should Take Vacation Time
When you first start your business, you feel fired up and ready to conquer the world. You can run on two hours of sleep a night and a vat of coffee for weeks on end. But over time, you may start to feel your motivation decrease.
Think about how you feel about your business right now. If you’re feeling a decrease in motivation or notice your productivity is taking a nosedive, you may need time away from the office to avoid burnout.
It seems counterintuitive to leave the office when you want to get more done, but having that physical and mental break from the work can make you more productive when you return. You feel refreshed and ready to get back to work at the end of your time off.
Time away from the office can benefit you in many ways:
- Vacation makes you feel rested, which can be a huge help if you’re working long days to keep your business running.
- The change of scenery may spark your creativity and help you think of new solutions for problems at the office.
- You might see ideas and strategies of other businesses that you can use for your own company.
- A break from the stress is helpful to your mental and physical health.
- Time away from the office gives your brain a break from the workload. Spending too much time on work tasks can fatigue your brain, making it more difficult to focus and think clearly, which slows your productivity.
- At the office, you always have to maintain your professional composure and sometimes push down emotions. When you’re off the clock, you can relax and be yourself, which is a freeing feeling.
How You Can Prepare Your Business for Your Time Off
If your business would crumble into a pile of rubble with you gone, it’s time to focus on changes that make managing your business easier even when you’re not there. Training a trusted employee to handle the key responsibilities is a good start to being able to leave the office. Delegate your daily duties to this person with a backup for your backup in case of emergencies.
Create standardized procedures for tasks in the office. When employees know the specific steps they need to take to complete a task, things run smoothly. You also improve the consistency of results whether you’re in the office or on vacation.
Going mobile with your business by using the cloud helps you tackle emergencies from the road. Ideally, you can unplug completely, but it’s tough for a business owner to completely leave the business for even a short time. Cloud computing lets you check in on things as they happen.