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20 Feb 2020

Ignoring the Holiday Distractions For Businesses

 

Starting your own business might seem like the perfect way to enjoy both work and family life, but there can be some hiccups along the way.

 

In fact, on average, UK schools are closed for 13 weeks each year, which makes it really difficult to keep loving your business and enjoying the holidays too.

 

Here are some things to thinks about.

 

Regular routines?

When you’re working really hard to grow your business, having to put it all on hold every few weeks to cover school holidays can really affect your routines.

 

You can lose revenue and customer confidence. You are also losing the momentum that you have built up during term time.

 

You can’t afford to lose those hard-found clients, but they might not be too happy if they find they can’t reach you every five or six weeks.

 

What can you do?

Turn on the time machine – One option is to time-shift your working day during school holidays. Instead of working in the daytime, share out the daily tasks so that you can do as much as you can in the evenings and at weekends.

 

Mix it up – You’re not the only person to juggle the busy concoction of work and family life. Create a fantastic fusion of families in the same position and make something amazing happen. You can arrange play dates, trips and morning and afternoon swaps to give you all time to keep things ticking along.

 

Find your other self – Make a point of finding other people with the same skills so that you can support each other. This will be good for the holidays and great for busy times when one of your little cherubs is poorly or for those tricky teacher’s days when the school closes. Have a plan of how the mutual magic will happen and everyone will have a special extra ingredient for their business. Or perhaps a student with availability in the longer school breaks can help you out.

 

Get the social media sprites working – One of the great things about social media is that you can schedule your posts to keep your words of wisdom and wonder going, even when you're busy with tea parties and day trips. This will help to make sure that enquiries keep coming during the holidays and you won’t have to remind people that you’re still here when the children are back at school.

 

A Genie can get you galvanised

Your business doesn’t have to be put on hold during the holidays. In fact, it can run really well all year round.

 

The secret to success is to plan well in advance. Work out what can be done differently during the holidays. With a little Genie genius added for good measure, you can create processes to make things easier for you all year round.

 

Add the Genie call handling service and you never need miss a phone call or try to answer a customer enquiry while you’re at the swimming pool ever again. Forget those ‘Out of office’ messages too; your emails can be handled promptly and professionally.

 

The joy of a Genie is that, with all that administrative experience, they will be able to tell if something needs your immediate attention and can let you know straight away.

 

Let a Genie banish your term-time tension and help you to have happy holidays. Call us today.

 

Jacqui Frost

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