It's that time of year again. Radio stations are blaring out those annoyingly catchy Christmas jingles and retail shops have started stringing up angels and snowmen left, right and centre. There's no hiding the fact we're now entering the silly season.
As we head into the busiest time of the year and anticipate the holiday season, it's important to make sure you're taking the time to step away from your business.
I know, it can be tempting to keep one eye on your email inbox at all times and monitor your business over the New Year. But as important as it is to keep your company running, it's equally crucial to give yourself some me-time and take a solid break from work.
I am speaking from personal experience, mind you. Just last year, I took two whole weeks away with no connectivity whatsoever - nope, not one single client call or email explaining the benefits of invoice factoring.
Not only did careful planning help CashFlow Advantage stay afloat during this period, it felt more like a month-long break rather than two weeks simply because I managed to distance myself completely from work.
The key to treating yourself to a successful holiday is making sure you are systemised enough to step away from your business while ensuring it continues to thrive.
One of the best ways to do this is to plan well ahead and anticipate the holiday months are going to be slow. By tweaking your budget and strategy and setting higher targets for the months immediately before and after your break, you can step away from your business with the reassurance that everything is planned for.
It's also a good idea to appoint a suitable supervisor to keep tabs on your business while you're away - just make sure they're not harassing you with calls while you're sprawled out on Bondi!
You know as well as I do that every small business owner deserves a good break at the end of the year. If you start planning now, there's no reason you can't relax in peace on the beach this summer.
Wishing you all the best for your week in business.