Everyone likes to be in control of when they work and when they donít. So, if you own a home business, you might think that you can simply walk away for a week to go on vacation, or when you have a family crisis to attend to. And of course, you can, it is just that with your own business, you have to be sure that you are taking precautions to keep your business going while you are away.
See, when you are working for someone at a business, you can take leaves of absences for reasons, if your boss lets you, and you donít have to worry about the business itself. You might have work that piles up when you are away, and you might have to do some catching up when you get back, but because the business is in someone else’s hands, you will find that it will still be there when you get back.
However, when it is your business, flying away for a week for vacation is much harder. If you’ve got someone on your payroll or a partner, it might be easier, but if you are running a business out of your home and it is just you, there are going to be things that you should think about.
First of all, how can you make sure that the business runs while you aren’t there? There are several things you can do. If you have only a few clients, you can let them each know personally that you won’t be around for a week. A lot of clients will appreciate this and will actually like it. If you have more clients, you can use a mass email or an automatic email response to let them know that you will be out of the office.
No matter what, the key is to let people know. You never know when you are going to have people who are looking at you as a prospective business, and if they catch you while you are on vacation ,you might lose the chance to gain them as clients. So, be sure that you have an auto response on your email that lets everyone know you are gone and also when you will be back so that they can expect an email. If you have a phone number, set the message to allow people to know this information as well.
Another thing to remember, as well, is that you have to be sure you are being professional at all times. You want to make sure that no matter what, you are talking to clients in what is always a professional manner. This will make sure that you aren’t losing any business while you are out of the office.