Are you a working parent managing your business and school holidays?
Every parent looks forward to holidays with children but for business owners school holidays can be a real challenge.
Many are self-employed and not entitled to 28 days’ paid holiday. If you’re not working, you will not be paid.
School holidays are a popular time so any employee with children of school age will want their holidays during this period, making this a difficult time for businesses to cover with many staff away at the same time.
Here’s our top tips for working through the school holidays
If your business can’t afford to be without you during school holidays make use of tax-free childcare options
Plan your work times
Try to arrange any usual meetings or scheduled appointments so you can plan time out with children
Employ a Virtual Assistant/Call Minding service
This can be a valuable cost-effective addition to your business. It is important to plan this in advance, employing a VA is like taking on a key member of staff Choose the right person and you will be able to relax and enjoy your break.
Work in the evenings
Work around the children in the days but don’t burnout as it is important you keep the work/home life balance. If you already work in the evenings, you may need to consider recruiting additional help
Tell your customers
Give your customers notice that you will be working reduced hours over the next few weeks. This will give them the chance to discuss any requirements with you before the start of the holiday
Hopefully with the right preparation you will be able to manage your business and enjoy valuable time with your family.
Wishing you a happy holiday!
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