How to check if your business is summer holiday ready

When you run your own business, taking time off can feel challenging. If you have a team, you know you’ll need to get everything in place for them to take care of things while you’re away. If you do it all yourself, you might need to spend time figuring out what needs to happen when you’re not there, and finding someone to do it.

If you’re a mum you’ve probably already started thinking about the summer holidays. With childcare and family time in the mix it can feel like a daunting task! Even if you don’t have kids, you probably want to be able to enjoy the warm weather and long evenings.

So how can you make sure your business is ready for the holidays?

It’s a question lots of my clients ask, and this year I’ve teamed up with Sophie Jewry, founder of Brand Kitchen, to come up with a strategy to help you grow your business AND take time off over the holidays.

We’ve put together a free checklist to go with the webinar we hosted recently to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

Click here for instant access to the checklist and recording!

Today I want to share three vital things to consider before you head off to the beach.

1. Plan your time

Do you want to halve your hours over the summer? Take off a block, or work half days all the way through? Making that decision is the first step. If you’re travelling, you likely already have the dates you’ll be away in place. Now is the time to get smart about planning the time it’ll take you to prepare for going away AND – importantly – settle back in. When will you catch up with anything urgent that needs doing while you’re away? When will you catch up with anyone who’s been helping you out?

Book those meetings now, and make sure to allocate extra space the week you’re back to deal with unexpected emergencies and catch up on anything you’ve missed. Your future self will thank you!

2. Ask for help

Entrepreneurs, and especially mums, are notoriously reluctant to ask for help. We prefer to do it ourselves and know it’s been done properly! But if you’re serious about taking time off AND growing your business, any time you’re away over the summer is a great time to hire in an extra pair of times.

This is the perfect time to road-test a VA or call answering service. Try it for two weeks and you might find it works so well you decide to continue when you’re back.

3. Prioritize

When time is limited it’s important to get really honest – how many of the tasks you do each week are driving your business forward and impacting your bottom line, and how many are things you think you ‘should’ be doing or have just always done? Start figuring out what your Most Important Tasks are and you can make sure the time you spend on your business is making real progress towards your goals.

For the full list of 18 quick checks to make before you go away, and for instant access to the webinar recording, click here.

Success… is it just around the corner?

When you start a business, you expect it to be hard work, and you’ve done a lot of it.

A new course. A new book. A new strategy.
It’s just around the corner…

When I do that… When I get there…

When I work a bit harder, when I’m more efficient, more focused…

One more month, season, year, 10 years…

Success is just around the corner…

But what happens when you’re a few years in, and the freedom you hoped for when you started out still feels as far away as ever?

Maybe your business is doing well, and you’re satisfied with your income. You’re a success! But what people don’t realise is, maintaining growth and keeping every detail flowing smoothly takes up all your time and energy. You’re starting to wonder whether getting the results you want is worth sacrificing your health and happiness for.

Or perhaps you’re at the other extreme: the results you’d hoped for financially feel like a long way off. You’re feeling undernourished and let down, because however much energy you pour into your business there never seems to be enough clients or income to make that time and effort worth it.

The myth of working harder

As an entrepreneurial woman, working hard and solving problems is second nature. You might have tried reviewing your strategy; setting BIG goals. Perhaps you’ve explored new ways of working – taken classes, courses or webinars on the latest business strategies or marketing funnels.

Maybe your focus has been on productivity; you’re scheduling and prioritising your diary around your goals and exercising your discipline, stamina and determination. What these approaches have in common is they’re all about growing, stretching, striving. So often, they lead to those situations when it’s clear that something has to change.

Working when you’re sick, when you’re tired, when you just don’t feel like it. Checking emails in bed, on holiday, on the weekend.
This is what it takes.

Having arguments with your loved ones (the worst kind of arguments), but pulling it together for that all-important webinar / client call / networking event.
What choice do I have?

Parking your kids in front of a screen, or booking last minute childcare.
I just have to make this deadline!

Sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve done it all. And yet with all the sacrifices, the striving, the personal growth, your business still doesn’t feel like it’s nourishing you.


The missing piece

As a coach, I’ve gained an inside look at so many businesses run by intelligent, high achieving women who just can’t understand what’s not working for them.

And over the years, I’ve come to realise something. Whether you’re making a comfortable profit (at the expense of the rest of your life), or scrabbling for clients, the disconnect you’re feeling is often down to the same root cause.

When we don’t put self-love at the centre of our business, we’re not operating from a place of maximum fulfilment and care for ourselves. It’s like building a house with weak foundations: the outcome might be a crack in the wall or a roof that leaks, but fixing those issues doesn’t address the heart of the problem.

Self-love is what allows us to make sure that the growth and abundance we experience is built around a solid core of wellbeing and nurture. In the past, my own business looked incredibly successful on the outside. But inside, the experience was empty – painful, even – because I was missing that vital component.

And if your business is struggling to get the traction you need, then self-love is so often the turning point you’re searching for. Do you feel as though you just have to be the best and win this “business game”, or that you’re “not good enough” or that there’s never enough wealth to go around? These subtle undercurrents derail the best strategies and undo the cleverest tactics. Without self-love you can wind up wondering if you’ll ever earn enough to pay the bills, let alone live the life you dreamed of.

Start with self love

If you know the feeling that success is “just around the corner” then here’s what I invite you to do. Turn that corner, and keep going, all the way round – until you’ve turned back towards yourself.

Start with you, and make changes from the inside out. You’ll be surprised at how powerful a shift you can make.

Not sure how exactly to make that shift?

My FREE Self-Love Business Metamorphosis is now in session – the first group of magnificent women are soaking up the 21 days of reflection and insight to transform their relationships to their lives, their business and themselves.

If you’ve had enough of feeling stressed, overworked and tired – of experiencing conflict with the people you love most, and worry about everything from your finances to your health, I made this for you.

This is your opportunity to start experiencing a life and business that are fully in alignment with your loved self – as you are NOW, not when you’ve reached your goal or “proved yourself”.

Click here to register for our next session (it’s totally FREE!) and let the metamorphosis begin.

Can’t wait? Ready to experience self-love shift faster?

If you know you’d like to explore the key to your Self-Loved business success now, I can help. Click here to book in for a free discovery session to explore what support is right for you.