Of course! Many boutique owners open their stores in the morning and close them at night. They are what keeps their stores running. For these individuals vacations are especially important. When your business is your life it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. If you work too hard for too long it is easy to begin to loose the passion for the very work you dreamed you could do. Yes a vacation means you may need to close your store for a few days. Or intrust a staff person to fill your shoes. Yes you may loose out on some income. And no this is no minor thing for a small business owner.
Planning a vacation well in advance helps to take the stress out of the process. Here are a few tips:
- Look at the days of the year when there is a trend of lower sales – the benefit of traveling during this time of year? It will likely be the same time of year when resorts, etc are past their peak seasons and thus their peak prices.
- Warn your customers – if you know you will be closing up shop for a few days warn your regulars. Also, place a sign on your boutique’s door with a cute note about when you will return.
- Make sure you have proper security systems in place while you are away – criminals may take advantage of your extended closure so check in with your security company to inform them of your plans.
- Stock up on merchandise BEFORE you leave – there is nothing worse to coming back from vacation and feeling that your inventory is less than stellar. You don’t want to have to be scrambling upon your return to stock up.
Hopefully these tips will help you to put your worries aside and enjoy a much deserved vacation. Remember, to keep yourself motivated you need to get back to just being ‘you’ and not ‘you plus the one million roles you play every day.’ Enjoy your trip!