What are your summer plans?

This is one of my favorite questions to ask business owners.  It gives insight into what's important to them -- beach, mountains, driving cross-country in an RV -- and it also tells me a bit about their business.  

Some business owners won't get away this summer because the business needs them.  Others will leave for weeks at a time and have an entire summer of fun planned with family and friends.  

The owners not getting away for some much needed R&R, and the ones who probably need it the most(!), are worried if they leave the business for more than few days, everything will fall apart. 

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They are afraid if they leave, customer service won't be handled properly, something will break and no one will know who to call to fix it, or leads will suddenly appear and there won't be anyone to get back to them.  

If any of these sound like the reason you haven't made plans to get away this summer, it's time to start delegating. 

Start by writing down everything you do in a week or a month and decide which of those tasks you can turn over to someone.  

And you don't need to do everything at once.  You might not be comfortable turning over payroll but you might be ready to hire a bookkeeper.  

A few suggestions to get you started:
  • If you have all the maintenance phone numbers in your personal contact list, create a shared document so your employees know who to call "just in case"
  • How are you capturing leads and following-up with them?  Train your administrative staff to do this so no one slips through the cracks.
  • Develop a framework for handling customer service issues and decide who the right people are to resolve the issue in your absence.

These are just a few ideas on how to start delegating in your business so you have free time to enjoy your family and your time.  And getting away from your business for a week or more enhances your ability to not only work through problems but to get creative in growing the business.  

When we're too busy, it hard to see the forest through the trees.

I hope you have plans for a well deserved break this summer!

AND...When your ready... Here are a few ways I can help you grow your business:

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