Taking a break in your business is as essential as my morning coffee (pretty damn essential). But, taking a break doesn’t mean sacrificing money or momentum!
I’m sharing my favourite tips to keep your business running while you’re sipping cocktails on a far away island…or taking a long overdue staycation with naps and Netflix.
I want to start off by saying that we need to give ourselves permission to have a holiday or a break in our business, without worrying that clients will hate us or we’ll lose money or we’ll come back from a trip and our business have completely failed!
When I started my business I didn’t have a break for a year and a half (seriously).
Maybe the odd long weekend but not a substantial holiday and that was an epic mistake because I really started to burn out and started to lose momentum because I just wasn’t looking after myself.
So now it’s my mission to take more holidays and really get away physically and mentally from my workspace. Now if you’re like me, you might go on holidays and that’s when your best ideas for your business come to you!
It’s like being in the shower and getting ideas, it’s a mental break that gives us clarity. This is a good thing, you can still have a holiday and it’s ok to get those amazing ideas, because I’m a big believer that we wouldn’t have those ideas in such brilliant inspiration unless we took a break from the daily grind to start with!
So here’s my 3 top tips to go on a holiday and take time off without stressing about losing money or momentum in your business.
1 // Get prepped and preened ahead of time
Getting prepped and preened ahead of time means scheduling your holidays in advance. Just as you would schedule your big launches or client work, you should also schedule your breaks. This allows you to create consistent momentum as you’re able to plan ahead. Once you know where and when you’re going on a break and the costs involved, you can get organised ahead of time with your workload.
For example, you can tell your clients when you’ll be away and encourage them to book in to work with you in advance. This allows you to create extra cash flow and work the high period in the lead up to your break, so you can fully switch off while you’re away.
2 // Batch and automate your marketing (and anything else you can automate!)
I’m a big fan of systems and automation in your business and when you’re on holiday you can boost this up. This may mean scheduling more social media, newsletters, emails – whatever it may be!
Look at setting up a signature sales funnel that does the work for you, while you’re away. This is a great time to maximise any passive income products you have.
You can set up a sales funnel using Facebook ads for instance and send new subscribers into your opt in, and through a funnel that motivates them to buy a digital product or course. Take advantage of your passive income products while you’re on break!
Batching and automating is something you should do regardless of whether you’re a taking a break, but you can really tweak and emphasize these systems while you’re away.
3 // Delegate like a boss
Outsourcing or delegating is a great way to have a break without losing money or momentum, but you can also step up into your role as the girl boss! Start small with a virtual assistant. It could be just 2 or 3 hours a week that allows you to take the pressure off and keep things moving while you’re away.
Delegate the tasks that may need to keep going such as emails and let your community or clients know that your virtual assistant is looking after it for the time that you’re away.
I want to end by saying please give yourself permission to have a break! It’s not going to ruin your business, it’s actually going to improve it and breathe new life into it.
I really encourage you to schedule in that next trip now. Tell me in the comments, where are you going to go? What’s next on your wanderlust list?