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How small business owners take a break at Christmas

How small business owners take a break at Christmas

Call team christmasWith Christmas just around the corner , we are discussing a subject close to every business owners heart; What to do about Christmas and by that I am referring to “How Much time, if any, are you planning to take off? Do you……….

  • Finish on Friday 23rd December and start back on Tuesday 3rd January?
  • Finish on Friday 23rd December and resume on Wednesday 28th, then finish on Friday 30th and resume on Tuesday 3rd January? or
  • Don’t stop except for Christmas dinner and even then you are constantly checking your devices?

It can be a difficult time for business owners; they feel torn; the whole point of starting your own business was to spend more time with your family. We all have visions of it all being sweetness and light but what you don’t figure in or what people don’t tell you is the time it takes when doing everything yourself: From getting and then keeping clients, turning these clients into returning clients; to finding new ones; to marketing, networking, social media, scheduling meetings, appointments, overseeing orders to delivery and so on. Before you know it you’re either hidden under a pile of paperwork or you’re sleeping slumped on your desk.

The truth is there is no right or wrong decision, take whatever time off you feel comfortable with. I am sure like most business owners you make split second, life changing decisions every minute, well maybe not every minute but certainly several times a day with no qualms and yet this decision can leave most owners quivering like a plate of jelly or blancmange or if I am really being twenty-first century Panna Cotta, different name same wobble.

However there is a fourth option you could consider – hire a company of Virtual Receptionists to take care of all your festive needs over the coming season. To see how Call team can help call 0845 544 0681.

And now finally and in the vein of all things Christmassy here is a new version of an old classic, one I am sure you have sung many times before and you might even adopt these alternative words.

12 Days of Christmas

“On the first day of Christmas my VA said to me “And a charity event organised”

On the second day of Christmas my VA said to me “Two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the third day of Christmas my VA said to me “Three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the fourth day of Christmas my VA said to me “Four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the fifth day of Christmas my VA said to me “FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the sixth day of Christmas my VA said to me “Six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the seventh day of Christmas my VA said to me “Seven days’ work, six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the eighth day of Christmas my VA said to me “Eight bills paid, seven days’ work, six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the ninth day of Christmas my VA said to me “Nine taxis ordered, eight bills paid, seven days’ work, six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”,

On the tenth day of Christmas my VA said to me “Ten presents bought, nine taxis ordered, eight bills paid, seven days’ work, six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and a charity event organised”

On the eleventh day of Christmas my VA said to me ”Eleven quotes emailed, ten presents bought, nine taxis ordered, eight bills paid, seven days’ work, six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed , two blogs managed and a charity event organised”,

On the twelfth day of Christmas my VA said to me “Twelve files created, eleven quotes emailed, ten presents bought, nine taxis ordered, eight bills paid, seven days work, six rooms reserved, FIVE GOLD PENS, four network meetings, three tapes transcribed, two blogs managed and an charity event organised”.

 Disclaimer: – This is by no means a true reflection of seven days’ work for a VA. We are good, some say brilliant but we are not miracle workers, speak to the Birthday boy if you want that.

Blog written by Lorraine Jack