Hey boss babe! 💁🏼♀️ Did you know that going on vacation as a female entrepreneur is possible?
Because it is.
It can be tricky and a lot of hard work, especially if you’re running the show solo (#solopreneur), but not impossible.
In fact, as long as you plan ahead, prepare everything well in advance, and have really good systems (and automations) in place, going on vacation as a female entrepreneur can be (dare I say it 🙊) pretty darn easy.
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HOW TO MAKE GOING ON VACATION AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR EASIER
I’ve owned my own business for 6 years and have gone on a 2-week vacation to my favorite place on Earth—Captiva, Florida—every single year. (I’ve actually gone on this same 2-week vacation every year for my entire life and don’t think I would miss sticking my toes in the sand or lounging by the pool for anything in the entire world.)
I certainly wasn’t going to miss it simply because I started my own business.
As I am just days away from nothing but 2 weeks of beach days for the 7th year in a row, I thought it was high-time I share what I do that makes going on vacation as a female entrepreneur easier (including the systems you MUST HAVE in place) so that your next vacation is super restful and successful.
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THE FIRST THING YOU MUST DO WHEN GOING ON VACATION AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR IS . . .
You need to know when you’re leaving, when you’re coming back, and what needs to get done in order to keep your business running while you’re busy sunning. 😎
Which means making a list, and yes, checking it twice!!
Not to see whether you’ve been naughty or nice, but to make sure that list is manageable and only filled with the things that NEED to get done before you leave.
This is so not about getting EVERYTHING done, it’s about getting the most important things done.
- writing and scheduling blog posts
- writing and scheduling social media posts
- writing and scheduling newsletters
- letting your customers and clients know you’ll be gone
- wrapping up client work/projects (or getting them to a good stopping point)
- putting shop orders on hold (or putting up a message that lets customers know shipping will be delayed and when they can expect it to resume)
- putting autoresponders on all of your emails
- preparing team members (if you have them) for what they should be doing while you’re gone
Pro Tip: Planning ahead is honestly the best thing you can do to make going on vacation completely stress-free. Giving yourself enough time to get everything done is also key. Which is why I recommend you start prepping 1-2 weeks before your departure date.
THE SECOND THING YOU MUST DO WHEN GOING ON VACATION AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR IS . . .
Prepare as much as you can ahead of time.
The reason I recommend starting 1-2 weeks before your departure date is because along with preparing things like blog posts, social media posts, and newsletters in advance, you’ve still got to maintain status quo i.e. daily tasks and current clients/projects.
You’ll have to put the afterburners on for a few weeks in order to have all that fun in the sun, but I promise it’s worth it. Once that Mai Tai is in your hand, you’ll know it was worth it, too!! 🍹
Pro Tip: One thing that has made all the difference in the world for me is not only preparing for the time that I am away, but also for the week that I get back. Coming home to a to-do list as long as your elbow of things that have to get done that week will undo all of that relaxation faster than you can say “I need another vacation…”
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4 SYSTEMS THAT MAKE GOING ON VACATION AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR EASIER
The main reason I feel so confident in being able to take time off and actually enjoy my vacation is thanks to the following 4 systems — which have honestly helped me automate my business for vacation … and beyond!! #buzzlightyear 🚀
1 | CoSchedule aka My Editorial Calendar + Social Media Scheduler
CoSchedule allows me to schedule blog posts AND social media posts TO MULTIPLE PLATFORMS without ever leaving WordPress (which is basically the best kind of efficiency in history).
But the best part is the ability to put my social media posting on AUTOPILOT thanks to CoSchedule’s kick-butt automation feature: ReQueue!! My pre-written social media messages are put into groups and pushed out at regular intervals set by CoSchedule’s “best times” feature. They are automatically queued and requeued based on limits that I have set.
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2 | Planoly aka My Instagrammer
Y’all know about my love for Planoly because I’ve gushed about it before. What you might not know is that I actually started with their free plan just before going on vacation a few years ago. By the end of the 2 weeks, I was hooked on the visual scheduler and had upgraded to a paid plan. These days, I consider Planoly one of my best business investments!!
Since the addition of their (Instagram approved) Auto-Post feature, planning and scheduling my Instagram posts is easier than ever!! I love that I can schedule out a bunch of business posts ahead of time, but then slip in vacation-related images whenever I want. I also love knowing that instead of pushing posts through to Instagram, they’ll automatically appear in my grid while I’m swimming in the ocean. 🌊
Pro Tip: Having stock photos from SC Stockshop and Social Squares makes Instagram scheduling a complete and total breeze!! I recommend storing them in Dropbox and connecting that to your Planoly account to make things easy peasy lemon squeezy. 🍋
3 | ConvertKit aka My Email Marketer
is new to me this year, but since I’ve started using it, I don’t know how I ever lived without it. The ability to write, format, and schedule my newsletters ahead of time is incredibly freeing. And I don’t just mean for vacation time, I mean all the time!!
The other thing I love is the fact that my sales funnels and welcome sequences run automatically without me. When someone wants to know what tools I keep in my business and productivity toolkit, they sign up and the toolkit is delivered to their inbox almost instantly!!
4 | Email Autoresponders aka My Answering Machine
When I went on vacation during my first year of business, I didn’t know what an email autoresponder was … and so I checked and answered emails multiple times a day, every single day while I was gone. (This was also back when I still had access to email on my phone 🤦🏼♀️)
The second year, I set up an email autoresponder and my life changed!!
If you’ve never set an autoresponder for the times you’re out of the office for extended periods before, consider this your personal invitation. #heresyoursign
Pro Tip: I recommend putting up your autoresponder 1-2 days before you leave and leaving it up for 1-2 days after you get back. This allows you plenty of time to prepare beforehand and catch up/ease back in once you get back. I also encourage you to keep your autoresponders short and sweet but helpful. Let people know you’re out of the office, whether or not you’ll be checking in while you’re gone, when they can expect a response, and where they can go in the meantime.
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THE FINAL THING THAT MAKES GOING ON VACATION AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR EASIER IS . . .
A stress-free vacation workflow.
This is something I have practiced (almost to perfection) the last few years. (Because as a female entrepreneur who is also a solopreneur, there are still a few things I have to do while on vacation. Mostly because I don’t want to come home to an exploding inbox or mile-long to-do list.) I shared about my stress-free vacation workflow on Instagram Stories last year and turned quite a lot of heads. The post where I spill all the beans is linked for you here 👇🏻
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So you see, taking time away from your business can be done and beautifully if you plan ahead, prepare well in advance, and have really good systems in place. I hope these tips will help make going on your next (or first!!!) vacation as a female entrepreneur easy and stress-free!!
Pop any questions you have in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you. I’d also love to hear any of your going on vacation tips and other systems or app recommendations!!
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