Being an independent business owner requires a lot of time and energy. However, what you don’t want it to do is completely drain yourself and forget about what else you love to do outside of work. While you can’t do it all, there are ways for you to run your own business and still continue to travel and have a social life. What you need is to have strategies in place and practice habits that will allow you to follow both of your passions of business and travel. Don’t give up on the possibility for having each in your life before at least giving these suggestions a try.
Hire staff to help
One practical place to start is to hire staff to help you with your business. Start filling roles and positions that will take some of the work off your plate. Bring people onboard who you can trust will get the job done right and don’t need you to hold their hand. This way you’ll feel comfortable departing the office for an extended period of time and leaving them to manage the client work and daily operations while you’re away. You’ll need to work on being able to give up some control and allowing others to step in and help out when necessary. While it’s your business, this is a great opportunity to give some others a chance to shine.
Know that these days it’s almost impossible to not be connected or plugged in. Rely on technology to let you run your business and still continue to travel when you want. For example, if you own multiple buildings then use facility maintenance software to help you keep track of tasks and what each person should be doing when. Bringing your project management duties online will allow you to see what’s going on and pinpoint the gaps no matter where you are in the world. Also, stay connected and plugged in through your smartphone, video conferencing technology and email. While it’s important to make sure your business is running smoothly while you’re away, don’t forget to enjoy your travels and put your electronics aside once in a while too.
Get organised and plan ahead
The better organised you are at home and in the office the more comfortable you’ll feel leaving on a whim to go travel. Have your files, belongings and calendar in order so you always know where your items are and what obligations you have upcoming. A big mistake would be to plan a fabulous trip away when you have important client deadlines approaching. This will put extra stress on you and not allow you to have fun while you’re traveling. Mark off dates and adventures on the calendar way ahead of time so you, your family and staff know exactly which getaways are approaching in the near future.
Take advantage of your off-season, downtime and weekends
Be smart about when you’re taking holidays and avoid deciding to leave when you know the office will be the busiest. Schedule time to get away during your off-season, weekends and extended breaks. Do this well ahead of time so you can plan and prepare for any work that needs to get done before you take off. Remember that traveling doesn’t always have to entail a big, expensive trip to someplace exotic. You can plan staycations or weekend road trips and escape and participate in fun activities over the course of a few days.
Take care of yourself, and you’ll be in a better position to travel more often. If you’re always sick and tired you won’t have any desire to leave town. Stay healthy by exercising daily, eating right and getting enough sleep each night. Avoid a lot of late nights at the office and then going and traveling on top of it all. Spread it out so you’re dedicating a decent amount of time to your business, but can also bring yourself to take trips when you want without feeling stressed out or guilty. Your health is most important in all this because it’s the only way you’re going to be able to run your business and still continue to travel on a regular basis.
Build on to work trips
A great idea for including more trips in your busy schedule is to tack on nights to a client or work obligation you have in another location. This is an additional reason why it’s necessary to know your schedule and plan ahead, so you’re able to make time for these extra days off to travel around. Always be thinking about how you can combine business trips and leisure when organising your calendar and looking ahead. Keep in mind which clients of yours require the most attention and when it would make the most sense for you to go out and pay them a visit in person.
Make traveling a priority
The reality is you’re not going to travel that much if you don’t make it a priority. This means you saving your money and blocking off time in advance so you can take these fancy and fun trips when you please. You’re never going to leave the office if you’re only committed to your job and nothing else. It’s okay to have other interests, hobbies and a social life even though you’re a business owner. If you’re going to find yourself traveling more then set a goal to prioritise your schedule and time in a way that makes it possible.
Use these tips to help you get your home life and career in order so you can enjoy your time away. Stop stressing about all the issues you see with trying to do both and start problem-solving so you can take more trips. You’ll soon find a nice balance between the two and be glad you dedicated so much time and energy upfront to making it all work out.