Owning your own money-making blog is a dream job, right? You get to live a unique life. However, it can also be difficult to take a break. There’s the fear that if you take time away, the blog will go under. At the very least, you might have to work twice as hard when you come back. The truth, however, is that you can take a vacation from your blog or online business and reap both personal and financial benefits.
Benefits of Taking a Vacation from Your Blog
Most experts agree, taking a vacation is good for you personally and professionally. Vacations:
- Help you reignite your passion for your business.
- Help you find clarity.
- Prove to you that your blog can run without you!
- Help you unwind and distress – it’s good for your mental and physical health.
- Open you up to new ideas, opportunities, and experiences.
So How do You Walk Away When So Much Is Depending On You?
- Step #1 Plan for It -
Whether you’re taking two weeks off or two months off, it’s important to have a plan for your time away. For example, you might launch a new information product a few weeks before you leave. That gives you time to work out any kinks in your systems. It also helps provide cash flow while you’re away.
If you’re worried about an absence of blog posts while you’re gone, write your posts in advance or and schedule them to be published while you’re away.
- Step #2 Get Help
From contractors to finding guest bloggers, you can fill in the gaps while you’re away. For example, if you’re a blogger and you’ve scheduled posts while you’re gone you may still need to respond to comments. Hire a virtual assistant to respond to blog comments and you won’t miss a beat.
Likewise, if you’re concerned about keeping up with social networking you might hire someone to step in for you while you’re away.
Help doesn’t necessarily mean money out of your pocket. You can trade vacations with fellow bloggers. For example, you might handle the blog commenting and social networking for an associate while they’re away on vacation in return for them helping you.
- Step #3 Let Them Know
Finally, it’s perfectly acceptable to let your customers, readers, and website visitors know you’re going to be away. In fact, many popular bloggers announce their vacations or sabbaticals in advance. You can make your announcement, let folks know what to expect, and then relax knowing your helpers and systems are in place to keep your business running smoothly while you relax and recharge.
Taking vacations will likely teach you many things about being a business or blog owner. Plan ahead. Prepare yourself, your team, and your audience for your absence. Then enjoy yourself. You’ve earned it!
What vacation plans do you have this summer?
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