Holiday / vacation question

by CliveG 3 replies
One of the advantages of working for yourself is that you can be much more flexible about when and how you go on holiday / vacation. However, business has to go on 365 days per year and we have all seen the ads of the sun-tanned IMers using their laptops on the beach launching their next product.

However, when I go away I do not even take my laptop with me - the whole point of going away is to have a good break (I do take a notebook to note down new ideas though). I went away for 10 days a couple of weeks ago and business went on without me.

Just interested to know what fellow Warriors do.
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  • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin

    I've gone away for up to three months at a time. (I called it a sabbatical.)

    I do take my laptop and a wi-fi enabled smartphone with me, but when away from home, I do at most an hour of work a day.

    During those times, I use a virtual assistant to fulfill orders for me, check phone messages and to handle any thorny customer service issues. I could use her to pretty much run the business if I gave her more training, but I don't like giving up that much control.

    Nevertheless, I'm planning an extended trip to a remote part of Asia next year or so and will definitely be training someone to run everything in my absence. As long as I call in or email in once a week, I figure the business will survive.

    It's possible to plan ahead so autoresponders, ezines, blogs, etc. make it seem as if you are still at home running everything.

    Marcia Yudkin
    Check out Marcia Yudkin's No-Hype Marketing Academy for courses on copywriting, publicity, infomarketing, marketing plans, naming, and branding - not to mention the popular "Marketing for Introverts" course.
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  • It seems to me that I get my best ideas when my mind is clear and I'm vacationing...away from home. That being said, I have y computer handy to take quick action when I need to.
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