Finding a way to actually enjoy some vacation time this summer is great for you, your family, and your business. Here’s how it can be done.
You’re sitting at your desk and looking at your calendar and you suddenly realize that the summer vacation is upon you. The kids are going to be out of school for a few months and your family is going to want to spend some time with you. Maybe even, gasp, go on vacation! Now you start thinking, how can I juggle all the work I have to do as a small business owner with the time I’d like to be with my family? You probably have even seen photos popping up on Facebook of people you know who are already beginning to enjoy their summers. What if you could be like them???
Ah, the perils of running a business and managing family obligations. School is out and families are taking time to enjoy the summer holiday. So, what about you? Have you figured out a way to more efficiently run your business so that you actually get to enjoy some summer days with your children before school starts back up?
Here’s how many small business owners are able to enjoy their summer vacations while ensuring their company stays fully functional…
Time to Delegate
Now is the time to let your employees shine. Determine who the best people are to make decisions about specific aspects of the business and then enable them to do so by delegating everything that needs to get done.
Plan in advance for just what types of decisions should get escalated to you, like resolving a shipping disaster, working with an important client, and which calls can be made in your absence.
Hire a Virtual Receptionist
Use a service to answer calls when you’re not available? Now there’s an idea!
A virtual receptionist service can be tailored to meet the requirements of your business and the clients that interact with you. Some of the benefits of a virtual receptionist include:
- Answering calls 24 hours a day/7 days a week
- Handling overflow calls when your team is busy
- Setting appointments
- Processing orders
- Providing customer service
- Capturing additional business opportunities
- Taking messages
- Screening calls
- Escalating critical calls
- Routing callers to the correct person when necessary
- Bilingual call handling (fluency in English and Spanish in our case)
Virtual receptionists have tools in place to track details for every call. That way, you can check in on your call activity and messages whenever you choose. Remote receptionist service plans are very affordable too. Plus, they can be customized to fit the needs of your unique situation.
Your business needs you to make smart decisions for both yourself and the company. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of those around you, and that includes your business. So go on that vacation and take some time to relax. Rejuvenate your mind and body by actually enjoying this summer so you can be at your best for both your family and your business.
Your business will continue to run even if you aren’t around to manage every single detail for the afternoon, weekend, or even a full 7-10 days while you’re on vacation. You can keep an eye on things from afar via your smart phone. And if something does go sideways, you’re only a phone call away. So take that time off. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Do it for your business.