Yes, You Can Take a Break From Your Business and Still be Profitable

May 27, 2015 | 2,016 views

Yes, You Can Take a Break From Your Business and Still be Profitable

Yes, You Can Take a Break From Your Business and Still be Profitable

Are you one of the 40% of Americans who are too scared to take a break from work? For business owners, breaking away from the company is frightening. You worry about your team’s productivity. You worry about unexpected scheduling fiascos. Ultimately, you worry about your business going under just because you are gone for a few days.


Grinding yourself into the ground isn’t why you started your business.


When you began, you had hopes of freedom, happiness, and success. Now, you’re so involved in the daily chores of running your company that you can’t even seem to think about leaving the office.



It can’t go on like this.


There are many health benefits of taking a vacation. From replenishing your mental capacity to lowering your risk of heart disease, your body needs a vacation more than you might realize.


To help you break free from the office and get out into the world, here are a few tips to make taking a break easier for you to bear, and possibly profitable for your company.


Plan in Advance


When planning your trip, give yourself some time to lay the groundwork. Plan at least two months in advance so that you’re not scrambling to finish up work before you leave. This will give you the amount of time you need to set up a plan and designate key players for your time away.


Create a Plan for Your Absence


There’s no doubt that things will be a little bit different when you’re gone. The employees who once asked you questions about certain jobs or tasks won’t have you so easily accessible.


To create a plan for your absence, jot down your daily jobs.


– What needs to happen before you leave?

– What can you hand off to a trusted employee?

– What can wait until you return?


Then, ask your employees what they need. You might not realize what they want from you while you’re gone. Asking before you leave lets you help your team get set up so that they’re better prepared for you to be incommunicado for a few days.


Create a Backup Plan


Murphy’s Law states that if something can go wrong, it will. Don’t let this discourage you. Instead, create a backup plan for those last minute fires you’re always putting out.


Downloading business apps for your trip, such as ScheduleBase, that help you make changes on the fly from anywhere in the world is one way to do this. Equip yourself with the right tools so that you’re not left in a pinch, wasting your vacation trying to pick up the pieces back at home.


Put Someone in Charge


You hired your employees because you trust them. Put a team player in charge who you know has the experience, competence, and loyalty to handle every situation with a level head. Then, when you’re out of town rest assured knowing that person is in charge. Chances are, he’ll want to impress you so much while you’re gone that he will do everything in his power to keep your business making money and building profits.


Ready to start planning?


Don’t wait to start planning your journey. Take the leap and go on the vacation you deserve!



Author Profile

Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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