How to Take an All-Out Vacation as a Small Business Owner

Do you know what sounds great? A vacation. But you are a small business owner so you can’t take one, right? After all, if you are gone, your business will crumble.

Red flag! This doesn’t have to be your reality. Just because you own a business, doesn’t mean the business needs to own you. It’s not unreasonable to want (and take) a vacation. You can make your vacation dreams a reality by looking at your systems.

How much vacation time do you want next year?

If you want to have two weeks off in August and another two weeks at Christmas, start planning now. You can implement systems so your business runs independently of you during your vacation.

Test your systems in small increments first. What happens when you are not at your business for one or two days? What systems can you put in place to change the results of your absence?

Let’s say when you are away, you are getting calls from staff about where to put new stock. To fix this, you could create an organizational system that clearly sorts your stock. Test and improve this system over the year. Then, when you are ready to leave on vacation, you won’t get bombarded by stock questions anymore. The same principle applies to everything that happens in your business.

how to take a vacation

Working solo?

Even you can plan to have time away. Let your customers know well in advance that, for example, you are taking the month of August off. I do it; you can do it too! Plan the times you work hard and the times you rest.

At the very least, give yourself the same amount of vacation time that you would’ve got as someone else’s employee. Book your time off now, and start putting systems in place so that you can get away.

scheduling to take a vacation

What about the money?

Perhaps you are thinking, “It’s all well and good that I can leave for a vacation, but I don’t have the money to go.” Chances are the money is there. It’s just being spent on other things that, at the time, feel more important.

Consider your time away as essential as paying a vendor for supplies. You are paying yourself for your work. It’s a fixed cost of your business. Open a bank account, deposit your payment, and watch your vacation become a reality. Saving money for time away is a great investment. Your company will be more profitable when you are happy and content.

Time away is all about creating boundaries so you can have personal freedom. If you are so entrenched in your company that you don’t have time for your health, your family, and your happiness, then what’s the point? Why are you working so hard?

Until next time, enjoy your Entrepreneurial Journey!

Beverlee Rasmussen e-signature

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Small Business Field Guide | Systems Business Coach

The Small Business Field Guide

Written in clear, simple language with actionable steps, pragmatic tools and proven systems.

Small Business, BIG Opportunity

Systematize Your Business, Create Personal Freedom, and Live the Entrepreneurial Dream

Systems Business Coach Logo

Position Agreement Template

Have a reliable and organized team!

Systems Business Coach Logo

Target Market Analysis Template

Boost your sales with this questionnaire and customer profile.

Free Report

How the Canadian Government Supports Small Businesses with Training and Coaching

Systems Business Coach Logo

Top 10 Hiring Mistakes Guide

FREE download sent directly to your inbox!

Newsletter Envelope Icon

Free Download

Enter your email and we will send you our Tech Inventory Database for free!

Systems Business Coach Logo

Use this FREE cash flow planner to prepare for emergencies, hard times or growth. Accurately solve problems with the cash you have, not with the cash you are planning for.