As a home business owner it’s important to make plans to automate your business for efficiency, as well as in your absence, which includes holiday time. A holiday where you can turn off your computer and disconnect from social media so you can spend quality time with your family, while getting some well-needed R&R knowing you are still earning revenue.
The problem is, many home business owners tend not to take many holidays, and when they do, they usually lose money, because they don’t have systems in place to keep their business flowing.
However, you can set up systems that will allow you to take time off while avoiding a drop in income. Here’s how:
Build a Reliable Team
As a small business owner, it’s imperative that at some point you build up a team. Offer good training, a good pay rate and your contractors/outsourcers will come through for you when you’re not around. The idea is to manage your business, not let your business manage you so that you can leave for short periods of time and business will go on as usual.
There are a lot of ways to automate your business. Whatever you can automate without making your business seem human-less, do so. If it doesn’t affect a client directly, automate it. For instance, you can automate your blogging, bookkeeping duties and your computer backups, etc. Automate any aspect of your business and delegate tasks to your team.
If you cannot yet afford to outsource and build a team, locate a business owner whose work compliment yours and split tasks in each others absence. You can also use each other’s skills and strengths to cut costs.
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. If you do last-minute requests it can be difficult to take a holiday, but if your clients can see a calendar of your open times and dates, it will make it easier for them to know your availability.
Build Up Your Passive Income
Passive income is money you make from work such as affiliate income from product recommendations, and other activities. If you build up your passive income, and pre-schedule ads and blog posts before going on holiday, you’ll find that your income will not suffer in your absence.
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