TennesseeWhen you first started your business, you probably thought that you’d be able to go on a long vacation whenever you would want to. Fast forward to the present and you now know better! As captain of the ship, it’s not all fun and games; there is a lot riding on you.

But just because you’re in charge of a company doesn’t mean you can’t take a break from work. Disconnecting from all the mayhem once in a while will do you good.

A vacation will help you relax and get more creative. It will also boost your productivity. And if you’re in luck, you might find the opportunity to get in touch with fellow entrepreneurs or other inspiring people.

If you’re willing to take that much-needed break, here are some tips for taking a guilt-free vacation away from the office.

Figure out the Right Time

You might be tempted to go on a vacation during the peak season. Most of your clients or customers might also take a break during this time, leaving you with a lighter workload to deal with. Obviously, this could be the best time for you to take a vacation.

On the other hand, your employees may want to go on a vacation during this time too. If there are going to be a lot of people absent from work during peak months, you should consider taking a vacation during the off-season.

Ensure you’re taking a vacation at a time when you’ll be missed the least.

Don’t Surprise Everyone with the Announcement

Whenever you plan to take a break, ensure that you keep your clients, customers, and employees in the loop. Catching them off-guard can make matters worse. By giving everyone a heads up early on, you give them sufficient time to clarify any doubts and ask any important questions related to work.

You want your business to run smoothly while you’re away. You also want your break to be a stress-free one. Be sure to plan in advance and do give enough time to collaborate things.

Find the Prefect Replacement

It might be difficult for you to hand over all responsibilities to another person before you leave. As such, it’s important to pick a person who you can trust to do the right things in your absence.

It’s also important to choose someone who understands his responsibilities well enough, and won’t your absence obvious to your clients or customers. If you have such a person on your mind who you think may be fit for the role, you might want to do a test-run first. Appoint him/her as a manager for a short while prior to your vacation and take your decision.

Prepare All Your Employees

If your employees feel confident only when you’re around, you’ll need to help them learn how to manage without you for as long as you’ll be vacationing.

If you’re handing over the operations to employees who aren’t fully aware of the entire process, they’ll need to be trained. All other employees need to know whom to turn to in case they need assistance. All managers need to know who to consult when you’re not around.

Having an effective strategic business plan or a business continuity plan in place can help in times of emergencies. Ensure that the plan is communicated to all employees and that they understand everything well.

Shahil Shah is an avid traveler and he claims wanderlust runs in his veins. He is also associated with HolidayBirds.com. You can look him up on Google+.