Drive along any highway in August and you’ll pass dozens of minivans ferrying families to last minute vacation destinations around the country before the kids head back to school.
When it comes to vacations, entrepreneurs often feel guilty for “taking time off.” But vacations are essential to keeping our “batteries” charged and the best opportunity to spend quality time with our families – after all, they are the reason many choose to work at home.
At Princess House, we pride ourselves in giving consultants everything they need to succeed. That includes the freedom to create personal success in their direct selling business while taking care of their home and families.
Here are five “Timely Tips” to taking a no-guilt vacation:
- Time to Go – Select dates when most people travel. According to a Gallup poll, 52% of Americans travel during the summer – 36% of them in August. That means your customers are more likely to be on vacation, too.
- Double Time – In the weeks leading up to your vacation, spend additional hours on your business. Catch up on tasks you’ve put off and set the stage to jump back in when you’re back from vacation. Schedule touch base calls with customers, suppliers for the first days you’re back.
- Drive Time – Try to find a destination that is within driving distance from your home. With airport delays a common summer hazard, you’ll be able to control your travel time reliably and fit in the most family fun every day you’re away. With gas prices currently averaging around $2.25, car trips can be most cost-effective
- Create a Checklist – Before you leave on vacation, make sure you have a checklist of priorities to ensure peace of mind that nothing has been missed and to focus on the right activities upon your return.
- Away Message – Ensure your email and phone number reflects that you are out and when and if you are going to be communicating during your vacation. Nothing is more frustrating than having clients wondering why they are not getting a call/ or email from you.
- Timing is Everything – Even a week’s-long vacation goes by quickly, so make every second count. Apply your entrepreneurial know-how to drawing up a daily schedule that avoids peak times at local attractions and takes advantage of early bird specials.
- Meet Potential New Clients – While enjoying your vacation with family is most important, use this time to also meet new people that could turn into new clients. Make sure to get their name and phone number or become Facebook friends to keep in touch.
- Time to Shine – Your family will appreciate it when you bring your happiest self and are fully present on your time together. Hold off on serious discussions or work talk and focus on what makes you smile. You’ll be back at your desk before you know it, because…
…TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN!
Connie Tang is President and CEO of Princess House, a Boston-area based premier direct selling and business opportunity company offering exclusive products for cooking, dining and entertaining. Scroll down for a more detailed bio.