It’s Christmas – How small business owners take a break.

It's Christmas - How small business owners take a break.
It’s Christmas – How small business owners take a break.

It’s Christmas – How small business owners take a break

With Christmas just around the corner and because this is the last post before the New Year.

I thought I would discuss a subject close to every business owners heart;

What to do about Christmas? 

I am referring to How Much time, if any, are you planning to take of?

It’s Christmas – How small business owners take a break.

Do you………
(a) Finish up on  Tuesday 24th December and start back on Thursday 2nd January?

(b) Stop on Tuesday 24th December, return on Friday 27th only to  finish on Tuesday 31st and go back on Thursday 2nd January? 

(c) Or last option stopping only for Christmas dinner and even then you are constantly checking your site, emails,  and social media?

It’s 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 had visions of it all being easy.

What you don’t figure in is the time you have to spend doing everything. 

  • making these clients returning clients 
  • finding new ones
  • marketing,
  • networking,
  • social media,
  • scheduling meetings, appointments,
  • overseeing orders to delivery etc

And before you know it you’re hidden under a pile of paperwork. 

Or you’re sleeping on the sofa as you don’t want to disturb your spouse as you’ve lost track of time

The truth is there is no right or wrong decision, it is whatever 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.

Why?

I don’t have the answer.

Have you ever considered hiring a VA?

Take a look here https://applerosebusinessservices.co.uk/business-services/va/virtual-assistant-anyway-vip-va/   your answer for over the festive season.

And now in the vein of all things Christmas and because I don’t want this last post of the year all heavy and depressing, here’s a little ditty I think you will all recognise

IT’S CHRISTMAS

I will end with a new version of an old classic.

 I am sure you have sung it many times before and will do so many times here after.

You might even adopt these words but I shan’t hold my breath.

Here goes hope you like it.

12 Days of Christmas

First verse

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


Second verse

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


Third verse

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


Fourth verse

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


Fifth verse

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


Sixth verse

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


Seventh verse

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


eighth verse

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


Ninth verse

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.


tenth verse

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.


eleventh verse

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.


twelfth verse

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 a 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.

We are not miracle workers, speak to the Birthday boy if you want that.

Lorraine

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