Everyone needs a vacation now and then, especially if you run a stressful business. However, owning or running your own business means you never actually leave work at work. Instead, you have dozens of people relying on you to help solve problems and invest in the future of your business. So, if you simply cannot escape the stresses of work for too long, here are a few ways to manage your most important business contracts when you’re away from the office.
Communicate Your Expectations to Your Staff
The connection with your staff should be solid, reliable, and communicative. Not only are these people your employees and hard workers, but they are your confidantes and most trustworthy sources when you have to get away for a while. So, before you go, communicate your expectations and goals to your staff for the duration that you’re away.
Pay Your Bills and Business Expenses for a Month in Advance
Before you leave for vacation, you should shell out cash for your usual bills and business expenses before you go. Plan for at least a month in advance, since most bills and expenses are billed on a monthly basis. If you have to, specifically save money beforehand to ensure you can cover these monthly expenses before you leave. Or, better yet, speak to a banking expert to divvy up your expenses before you leave for your getaway.
Back Up Important Information Multiple Times and Take One with You
Say you leave for a week, and for whatever reason, the office computers are wiped of your business portfolio and important work. Worst yet—the deadline for this deleted work is fast-approaching. In the best-case scenario, you would have backed up this important information multiple times via online clouds, portable USBs, and tangible, filed documents. You should even take a backed-up USB with you for quick, direct access to important business ventures.
Let Your Clients Know that You are Away from the Office
If you have return clients on a regular basis, let them know you’re going to be away from the office for a while. Usually, these clients will hold their projects and questions until after you get back. However, if that’s simply undoable, assure them that your staff has their client history and expectations on file. You should also leave emergency contact information with the clients you know and work with the best.
Sometimes it’s impossible to stray too far from the office, even if you find yourself half a world away from your business. However, these aforementioned tips can help you take care of your business while pursuing a little relaxation.