Written by Alex from The Berger Bungalow
Schedule Your Trip Well In Advance
This provides your staff ample time to prepare for your absence and will give you the peace of mind needed to leave your business behind.
Preferably, scheduling your trip a year in advance will provide you and your staff time to prepare for your absence, while ensuring the business will operate smoothly. However, things happen and timing is not always ideal, but having at least a 6-month window before your travel dates will ease your fear as a business owner.
Prepare Your Employees And Customers In Advance
Train your employees on how to handle various problems and emergencies in your absence (e.g., internet connection goes out). Assign responsibilities to each employee for handling problems. In addition, be sure to write down contact information for outside resources so they can communicate those resources directly without needing the “go ahead” from you.
If you have customers you work with personally, be sure to alert them of your vacation schedule in advance and inform them you will not be able to work with them during your vacation. In some cases, it may be beneficial to tell clients you are leaving several days before you actually plan to leave in case they tend to procrastinate. That way you don’t have to worry about last minute questions or requests as you pack and prepare for your vacation.
Do Not Schedule Any Big Projects
It is important not to schedule anything to “go live” while you are away if you cannot manage it while you are gone. For example, if you have a huge presentation being sent out to your business email list, it is probably best to schedule it once you return from your trip. That way, if anything does come up, you will be able to figure out the problem at hand and fix it immediately.
Work With Great Companies
As a business owner, it can be very hard to pick up and leave everything behind, but if you work with great companies that help you run your business even when you are not there, you do not need to worry about it as much. For example, if you are an outdoor company, a sign shop, or an electrical contractor, you want Irvin Inc. to be in your corner no matter if you are in town, or away. Irvin, Inc. is the preferred supplier and one stop shop for LED lighting, solar lighting, digitals, billboard supplies, sign shop supplies, and much more. The companies that I mentioned above (outdoor companies, sign shops, electrical contractors, and other related businesses) partner with them because they trust them and know that Irvin, Inc. has already researched the manufacturers they work with. This means that when they get back in town from a trip, they do not have to do the research themselves - Irvin, Inc. has already done it for them and can lead them in the right direction when it comes to billboard supplies, signage lighting, outdoor & indoor lighting, and digital signage.
“Founded more than two decades ago, Irvin first made a name for itself servicing the largest and most respected powerhouses in outdoor advertising. Two products for billboards laid the foundation for a family-owned and operated business dedicated to one mission: offer quality solutions at fair prices, grounded in integrity and commitment.”
President and Owner, Denise Irvin Cannon has a 20-year track record in administrative management, vendor relations, product management, results-driven sales techniques, customer relations, and innovative marketing. She is the sole reason when it comes to the success of the operations side of Irvin, Inc. She says, “The people of Outdoor Advertising are the real drive behind my passion. I am continually amazed by the creativity of those that push the limitless boundaries of one of the most relevant mediums on the planet. But my heart is with Operations. I like to say we support the “non-sexy” side of the Outdoor Advertising and Sign Industries – those folks in the trenches who make good advertisements look great and challenging sign and lighting installs look easy.”
Irvin, Inc. is just one example of my point - work with companies that you trust so that when you are out of town and your customers (or employees) need help or recommendations, you have them at your fingertips.
I hope this article helped you learn how to travel with no fear as a business owner. No matter how large or small your company is, you should be able to live your life to the fullest!