Running your own business is hard work but it is 110% worth it! The one common thing that I find with a lot of photographers is that they never know if taking time off is good for your business. This is totally normal. You may be questioning whether or not your business will suffer without you for a few days. It may not seem like it, but your business can even benefit from you taking a few days away.
Throughout the year, I try to schedule a few trips in so that I can step away from my desk and recharge. Even though it is great to get away, it is definitely a little stressful before and after the trip. If you are thinking about taking some time off, I highly recommend it! Not only is it great for your mind but it's the perfect time to get a few new ideas too! Here are a few of my go to tips.
Schedule It In
Whether you want to do a staycation, a vacation, or just a few days here and there - be sure that you schedule it into you calendar ahead of time. This will help you prepare for the time away and ensure that your clients are not booking sessions, meetings or calls during that time. You want to make sure that you don’t have to have any surprise meetings while you are away.
Let Your Employees Know
If you have any employees, it's important to keep them up to date on your schedule. This will help them plan out their own work while you are away and ask any questions about anything before you leave. This will also help them pick up any tasks (of course, if that is necessary with their role) while you are away so you have less to worry about.
Plan the Work
It may seem like leading up to your trip is super stressful and chances are, it probably is! Try to plan out your work ahead of time and put in a few extra hours each week leading up to your vacation. This will ensure that you can cover yourself while you are away and that you are not thinking about your to do list while on the beach.
Your business will not implode without you for a few days so be sure to shut your phone off and close you laptop. It's important to relax and enjoy your time away! This will give you some time to let your mind settle and you may find yourself coming up with new ideas to start working on when you head back to the office.
So if you have been on the fence about taking a trip, I highly recommend you booking that ticket! A few days away won't make or break you and will give you some time to recharge and find your inspiration again.