Planning a Holiday When Running a Small Business

Planning a Holiday When Running a Small Business

April 16, 2018

Being your own boss is great most of the time, except when you decide to go on a holiday, especially in the early stages of your business. There is a lot of planning that goes behind the scenes just to keep things running smoothly for the week or two that you are going away. Even more if you are going for a longer break. If you have been in business for some time, you probably know all that you have to consider, but if you are just starting your entrepreneur journey, or previous breaks didn't go so well, keep reading to learn how to plan a perfect spring or summer holiday without harming your business. 


Let everyone know in advance


Contact your clients personally to let them know you plan to be away for a certain period of time. Based on my experience, a month in advance works best, with one or two gentle reminders closer to the date of your holiday. This way you show responsibility and transparency and customers value these attributes really high. Also give yourself a couple of days after you return from your trip to adapt back to your normal environment. Make announcements on your social media channels so that the wider public is aware too. Sometimes this can act as a great marketing tool, even if you didn't intend for it to be such. When MBC announced our two week break over Christmas we encouraged any prospective clients to contact us as soon as possible so that we can complete their projects before the new year. We got 4 new clients in the first week of December.


Work harder than usual to make up for your absence


This is especially applicable to service based businesses that offer subscription packages, but also to product selling ventures if you produce the items