Holidays are difficult to book when you are a freelancer or business owner. You have all these pressures surrounding you related to your work that it is very hard to switch off. But we all do need to switch off and take a holiday from time to time. It helps us as human beings and can even help businesses thrive as a little time away can help recharge your batteries and come back to the business invigorated and with fresh perspective and ideas.
So, you need to take a holiday but how is that possible when you’re running your own small business or you’re a sole trader with bills to pay?
Keep a Tight Rein on Your Cashflow
Ensuring cashflow is available to you throughout the year is crucial, no more so at times when you might want to take a break or there is a natural dip in business (summer months or festive holidays depending on your industry). There are two things you have to have plans in place for, those times when there is a dip, or you want to go away on holiday, and secondly having enough cashflow in order to pay your bills. Plan ahead and put aside cash where possible at the busiest times of the year. That way when you do want to take a holiday, or you have a decrease in sales for seasonal reasons, you’ll never be left short. It is difficult to start with, as you want to keep cash for your back pocket as a sole trader or new business owner, but it is crucial to the health of your business as well as your personal wallet, so take heed.
Stock up on Future Work Where Possible
Depending on the type of business you’re involved with this might not be possible, but for those it is we would highly recommend it. If you can perform your services or create a product in advance it can offer great leeway at times when you want to take a vacation. It also offers peace of mind when you’re a sole trader looking to get by and have enough to cover the bills from month to month. Especially at the beginning of a business there are strains and stresses but we all need a break from time to time. Stock up on your future work and you won’t have to worry about losing business on the days/weeks you have booked to take a holiday. You’ll have worked the same service in advance, allowing you to take the break you deserve.
Utilise a Virtual Assistant in Your Absence
If you are thinking about taking a little holiday to recharge your batteries, you might be worried about missing out on new business opportunities, or struggling with how to completely switch off and not be checking your phone for voice messages and business emails every 5 minutes. Relax, take time for yourself and don’t worry about your day-to-day administration. Keepoint offers virtual assistance to business owners, so no matter where you are, you won’t miss that important call with a potential customer or a supplier. We can even take care of your scheduling, so if you’re sat on a beach, or in a bar you don’t have to worry that you’ve missed something crucial to your business. Speak to us today and we’ll help you unlock your business potential.