So you run your own business and the summer holidays are fast approaching. You may be thinking, how on earth you are going to entertain the kids and run a successful business. Don’t worry; you can survive the holidays and run a business.
If you follow my top tips below it needn’t be so stressful. It can be difficult to juggle everything but with some strict planning, you CAN work your business around the summer holidays. The first thing to do is to put a plan in place that works for you.
These tips will help you get ahead of the game and enjoy your summer holidays with your children. Yes, that does say enjoy!
Make sure you plan ahead. Set some time aside to think about how much time you need per week to run your business, how many hours do you have to be working? Then work out what time of day you are going to do that work. Is it early in the morning? Will it be late after the kids have gone to bed? At the weekend? Do you have a business that requires you to work mostly during the day in which case you will need to find some sort of entertainment to keep them occupied, whether that be a childminder or an activity?
Once you have figured out how many hours you need to work and on what days, the next things to do is to decide how? Here are a couple of options you could consider:
1) Childcare and Kids Clubs
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family or neighbours for help. Plan in advance and see if you can work out some childcare for a couple of days a week or however many hours per week you need.
If you don’t have any friends or family to help you, you could look into summer camps or kids clubs. They are usually a lot of fun and your children will be glad to meet new friends and do something new and exciting.
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2. Plan some activities at home
There are loads of ideas all over Google about different types of activities your kids can entertain themselves with at home (check out some websites below). If you investigate first and then pick 10 or so you will have a good supply of activities that you can give your kids while you get on with some work for a few hours. Sure, you will probably get some interruptions but at least if you have to get that piece of work done or need to phone a client you have something to hand to give them. If the activities are interesting and suit your kids’ ages they will be engaged and you won’t feel guilty for doing some work.
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Think about the tasks in your business you could outsource over the summer. Could you get a virtual assistant to create and schedule all your social media? How about, getting an assistant to help you with all the back office admin or contract creation/invoicing you may need to do. Think about what you have to do in your business and what tasks someone else could do for you. Don’t feel you have to do everything yourself, it is ok to get some help while you spend some time with your kids.
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4. Keep clients in the loop
Make sure you let your clients know in advance that you are taking some time out. They will appreciate you keeping them informed and are more likely to understand when you will and won’t be working. If for some reason you have to meet a client with your child or children in tow, tell them! It may be that you will be reducing your working hours over the 6 weeks in which case tell your clients upfront so there are no surprises. Communication is key and it will be easier to manage that relationship if you tell them in advance.
5. Don’t be superwoman!
You cannot be and don’t need to be superwoman! You don’t have to do everything yourself so don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have a partner, husband or wife get them to share the load too. Get your kids to help out with chores, if you do everything yourself, you will be miserable and face burn-out and then you will be no good to anyone.
I imagine that part of the reason for owning your own business was so that you could spend more time with your children. The summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to do that. With some careful planning, it needn’t be stressful and can be a very enjoyable time to make some lasting memories.
Do you have any other tips? Let me know inthe comments below!