I am currently in power down mode in my business. For half of July and all of August I do very little work and spend lots of time on my own and with family.
A few years ago this was inconceivable to me. Not working meant not getting paid and that wasn’t an option.
Then last year I faced hard-core burnout. I was making a lot of money, but I wasn’t satisfied. As I looked around my life and business I wondered “What is it all for?” I strongly considered shutting down my successful business.
But I didn’t. I took a long, long, LONG vacation (3 months) and came to realize that I loved my business, I just needed more time off. And I made that happen.
Now I’m often asked how I manage to take so much time off from my business. And the answer is pretty simple. You just need to plan for it.
I’ve helped 6 of my private clients transition their business into a space that allows for 1-2 months vacation time and here is what you need to know:
1. Planning for time off next summer needs to happen right now. If you wait until February or March it will be to late because…
2. Building a Marketing and Sales calendar that schedules for that time off and ensures you have a plan to make the money you need before vacation hits
3. Use the next year to build up a team that can run your business without you actively managing it. (Even if you are teeny tiny business that is just starting out you can budget for a VA that can keep your emails going out and social media up to date.)
Start working on this now and you can enjoy as much of the summer next year as you like!
I just hosted a planning day by my pool last week with this focus in mind. One of the attendees was blown away by the fact that if she executed the plan she had created consistently, she would have all her sales booked by FEBRUARY!!! What this meant is that she could use the spring to do all those fun, creative projects she’d been dreaming of and take the summer off!! (Who doesn’t want that?)
Do you have any great tips on how to manage time off in the summer? Share them in the comments below!
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