14 Ways Can Help You Successfully Run Your Business During School Holidays
The issue of how to run your business during school holidays comes up time and time again. With parents struggling to juggle their business and their kids. Today I am sharing my top tips for business parents so that you can keep your business running and enjoy time with your kids during school holidays.
Okay, so this post is specifically aimed at parents who are running their own business and can set their own hours, such as work from home parents. If you have a shop for example and need to be there whenever it’s open, then realistically you’ll be looking at full-time childcare during the holidays or arranging cover.
The tips I’m going to share below may suit some of you more than others. Just take what works for you.
PRIORITIZING IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Sit yourself down and make a list of the things you will really need to prioritize during the school holidays. For each of you, these things are different.
It may be client work. For me personally, when my son was younger I didn’t book coaching calls when I knew my son would be at home. As he got older and understood my business and turned into a teenager who really loves his bed in the mornings, I was able to schedule a few calls in the morning on days we weren’t doing anything special.
On top of that, my priorities are making sure that I have regular content going out on my this blog and my quick tips blog (haven’t quite got to grips with getting regular posts up on my Ideal weight challenge blog yet.)
And once the content is up, to make sure it’s promoted properly.
So my top priorities look like this:
- Schedule coaching calls around my son
- Ensure regular content is going out and being effectively promoted
- Ensure regular contact with course students, coaching clients, social media followers
Those are my top three.
I don’t create any new courses etc during these times or commit to any outside work, like creating content for other people. My priority is to keep my business running super smoothly in as little time as possible during school holidays.
PLAN AHEAD WITH YOUR FAMILY
Try to plan in some special times during the holidays, whether it’s an actual holiday away, days out, a trip to the beach or the cinema, plan them ahead of time so that your family knows what’s going on and your children have plenty to look forward to.
The summer holidays are the longest here in England, so planning something special each week will help the children and you feel like the holidays have been special and enjoyable rather than stressful and wishing they were over.
I’ll add an image of my weekly school holidays planner at the end of the post as some other tips tie in.
SCHEDULE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS START
Before you even get to the school holidays, schedule anything that you can in advance. For me, I can schedule blog posts, YouTube videos, some social media before the school holidays.