Having just celebrated Chirstmas and Chinese New Year is around the corner, I know quite a few people who have taken advantage of the extra long weekend to take some additional time to get away. But holidays and business, do the mix? What do you do with your business while you’re off deck, particularly if you are the business?
There are a number of options open to you, including ceasing trade while you’re away. You can basically hang up your ‘Closed… back in 5 days’ sign and desperately hope that the trade that passes you by will wait for your reply when you are open. If you’re taking internet orders, be sure to let your customers know that delivery is going to be delayed until your return, and that customer enquiries will be dealt with at a later date.
Everyone needs a break, but just shutting up shop for a period, unless it’s absolutely necessary, just doesn’t look good, and certainly isn’t good for your business.
If you have a trusted friend or relative to care for your business, this is a better option. To keep your business running at seventy or eighty percent in your absence is surely a better alternative than putting business on hold. Be clear and concise with your instructions, and be sure there are clear boundaries about which decisions are theirs to make.
Another alternative is to hire a professional to care for your business. When you are working with someone on a regular basis, you already have a formal contract, they know your business, and you know that things will be taken care of exactly to your specifications. It is essential in this case to have a current, fully updated Standard Operating Procedure manual from which the contracted person can utilise. Having a professional in place will give you the peace of mind to fully relax and enjoy your break, knowing your business is being well cared for in your absence.
We often manage our client’s businesses when they go away and generally it’s not for a weekend or a week, it can be for up to six-weeks. Contact Nicole for further information.
If you require assistance with your business administration or marketing, schedule a call with Nicole to discuss your needs.
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