According to the OPEN(SM) 2005 Semi-Annual Monitor, business owners who generate more than $200,000 in annual revenue are much more likely to treat themselves to at least one week of vacation this summer. Are you taking time off? Take my poll
But 37% of small companies say they worry about missed business opportunities while traveling. And 51% of small businesses have concerns about top clients.
So what do you do if you need some down time? While it can be tough avoid thinking about work while on vacation, Alice Bredin, the OPEN small business advisor, suggests:
- Schedule Breaks During Business Downtimes: Consider planning some time
away this summer when your business may be slowest — or the least hectic. If your business is seasonal, try vacationing during the off-season.
- Do Worst-Case Planning: Create a list of possible scenarios on current projects, and brief internal staff or colleagues. What are the chief concerns for each client? Advance planning can ensure that clients will be speaking with someone who understands their concerns should a problem arise.
- Brief Key Clients or Customers: Do not let your lengthy absence come as a surprise to clients. When possible, give them a minimum of two to three weeks’ notice. Identify your stand-ins, and communicate your confidence in the ability of staff or a stand-in to help your clients should a problem arise. Also consider letting clients know where they can reach you when a genuine emergency arises. It is important that your clients feel comfortable with the arrangements you have made.