Why? The fear of losing money is often the most common reason.
But, you can set up your business to avoid a drop off in income, and still be able to turn everything off. Here are some suggestions:
Build a Reliable Team
If you are planning to grow your business, you need to plan for a team to help you. After all, you want to eventually become the manager of your business so that you can leave for short periods of time and business goes on as usual whether you’re there or not. Offer good training, a good rate of pay, and responsibility to your contractors and they’ll come through for you when you’re gone.
And if you are not ready to hire full-time, hire a temp or get some interns to help you.
Use Automation Wisely
There are a lot of ways to automate a lot of your business. Whatever you can automate without making your business seem human-less, do so. If it doesn’t affect directly a client, automate it. For instance, you can automate most of your bookkeeping duties and your computer backups. You can automate distribution of emails and blog posts as well.
Bring in a Partner
If you cannot yet afford to outsource and build an entire team, find a business owner who is in the same boat as you – someone who does the same type of work you do. Make a deal with each other to take over work for the other while on vacation. Put it in your client contracts that your proxy will work in your place during vacations, illness, or death. Then, if anyone asks what your emergency plan is, you can point to your proxy.
Schedule and Be Transparent
One of the best ways to control the inflow and outflow of work is to create a schedule for submission of work, as well as deadlines that make sense. If you do last-minute requests it can be difficult to ever take a vacation, but if your clients can see right on a calendar your open times and dates and your busy times and dates, it will make it easier for them to make their own schedules with knowledge of your availability.
Build Up Your Passive Income
Passive income is money you will make from past work such as affiliate income from product recommendations, blogging, and other activities. If you build up your passive income, and pre-schedule blog posts to happen while you’re on vacation, you’ll find that your income will not suffer while you’re gone.
It’s time to take a break, isn’t it? Plan your business as you plan your vacation and you’ll come out ahead!