It’s the annual dilemma that gives many small business owners the summertime blues: How to go on vacation and keep their business running.
How many vacations have you taken lately?
If you’re like most small business owners, vacation is a distant memory or a far flung dream. In fact, according to a QuickBooks survey from Intuit, 72 percent of U.S.-based business owners would like to take a vacation – if only they could manage their business remotely.
Read on carefully, because there is a cure. You too can manage your business remotely without losing control. Here are five tips for making it work:
1. Go mobile; stay connected: Laptop computers with wireless adapters keep you connected wherever you go. You can get online anywhere there’s coverage – just like with your cell phone.
2. Manage your finances online: QuickBooks Online business software is a handy way to keep track of your finances anywhere, anytime – especially while traveling. You can use it to create and send professional-looking invoices via e-mail and easily track cash flow.
3. Get a Smartphone: More than a cell phone, a smartphone allows you to communicate instantly with customers and employees via phone, e-mail and text messages.
4. Reduce paperwork: Replacing that old copy machine with an all-in-one photocopier, fax and scanner puts an end to sending paperwork via snail mail. If you have employees, it means they can scan documents and send them to you via e-mail. Or better yet, get an online fax and reduce your carbon footprint.
5. Outsource: Look at ways you can outsource specific business management tasks. Hire a virtual or local assistant to help with administrative tasks or find a writer to write copy for your Web site. It can also include working with another business owner to trade off covering for each other’s business when traveling.
To learn more about how to take more vacations and work remotely join small business expert, Ramon Ray of Smallbiztechnology.com, for a free small business webinar on June 11 at 1 p.m. PST. Sign up here.