Small business owners are notorious for not taking holidays. They worry about missing opportunities, losing clients, not having time and a whole list of other excuses. But, a good break is vital for both the business and the business owner. As a small business owner myself, I’ve had holidays where I’ve taken my laptop and I’ve kept my phone by my side, but it’s not a practical solution and it really doesn’t allow for a well-deserved break from it all.
If you are a small business, you may not have employees who can provide holiday cover. So you need an alternative. Depending on the nature of your business, you could just close for two weeks and let your clients know, but for most businesses this is not practical.
Plan your Workload
Utilising the skills of your Virtual Assistant is an excellent way to keep your business running whilst you are away on holiday. Your Virtual Assistant can;
Help you plan your workload in the run up to your holiday so that you’re not working right up until your flight departure time!
Be a main point of contact for your existing clients
Check emails on a daily basis to ensure that all new enquiries are responded to and work with your existing clients on your behalf
Respond to phone calls
Respond to social media – nobody in twitter land even need know that you are on holiday!
Diary management – your Virtual Assistant can ensure that meetings are confirmed for your return
Generally represent you and your organisation over your holiday period
If you are going on holiday, we would recommend that you take plenty of time to work with your Virtual Assistant to plan for the expected…..and even the unexpected!!! Your Virtual Assistant will handle any emergencies in a calm and professional manner because she will be familiar with your organisation and your clients.
If you are planning your holiday and need some trusted support whilst you are away, please call Nikki on 07790 005865