My startup has been generating revenue for over a year now and growing. I am a single founder which means that I oversee all aspects of the business. My schedule is typically from 8am to 11pm 7 days a week non-stop. I have a wife and a 16 month old, making it even more intense. I am planning to take 10 days off to spend with the small family away from New York and the business...BUT...How do I do that? Who will run the business? Do I record my day to day activities and use it as a training video to train someone I would hire for 10 days? Where do I even find that person? Would love to hear your thoughts
The short answer is - you take a "workation". Take your laptop and spend a few hours each morning keeping things moving.
My company has been in business six years, in year four I took a week off and that's it. I am at the point now with a top notch staff to take a day off here and there, and may take another week off this year.
This is the life of an entrepreneur my friend.
I completely disagree with K. Robbins. The primary goal of your business model should be to make it a self-maintaining, self-perpetuating engine, and that includes you. If you can't take 10 days to completely unplug, you're doing something wrong. If you can't delegate to your employees, you've got the wrong people. And if your business can't survive 10 days without you, it likely won't survive at all long-term. Trust your employees to make at least 80% of the decisions on their own while you're away, and they can only grow and improve and be prepared to take on more responsibilities as your startup grows. I promise that they can do it. You are not your work, whether you're a startup founder or not, so take time for yourself and invest in yourself, and your startup will be that much better for it.
As a founder, it's probably a habit by now to be always working. Trust me, I know how that feels. I'm usually addicted to my businesses and projects so unplugging completely feels very uncomfortable. My advice is to definitely take that vacation. Go have fun. Take your laptop and phone with you. If you're based in the US, I recommend T-Mobile since they have free international data and roaming so you don't have to worry about data overages. Work when needed but don't let it ruin the cadence of your vacation.
I recently went to Maui for 10 days and worked throughout my time there just checking and replying to things when I had 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. You'll be fine, your company will be fine. Like Joseph said, if your business can't survive with just 10 days of your absence, there's something wrong :) I'm sure you'll be fine. Just relax.
Yes.. i can quite relate to your issue. In fact as an entrepreneur i believed that no one could run my business as well as I could. I was afraid if I couldn’t support my clients they would leave me. But then I prioritized my activities. Here are a few tips that i want to share
Plan ahead:This is very important. In fact part of your pre-planning should also be business related. What work could be completed ahead of time, who could cover you when you are gone, what deadlines will fall during the vacation --- yes plan all these
Give plenty of notice: Believe it or not; your client don't expect you to work and be available for 365 days of the year. Give them plenty of notice for their own planning and also periodically remind them of your upcoming vacation.You can put it in your email signature line, on your invoices and personally when speaking with them.
Make it easy for your clients: It is all about solving a problem for your clients and making their life easy. You can assign a Virtual Assistant.Reassure your client that your Virtual Assistant is aware of the situation and able to handle it if need be!
Enjoy work. Enjoy vacation :)