We have a small, profitable, family run molding business. Though we can always do more, we've got it about where we want it. I do the selling/purchasing and logistics and the running of things, my wife does the paperwork, my son runs the shop, and we have a couple other workers.
The problem is taking a vacation. Most everyone is a key person. It's the way we stay lean and profitable. So, we are thinking about shutting down the week of July 4th. Anyone else do this? Pros and cons? It would be so easy to forget about things instead of on the phone half the time while you're supposed to be on vacation.
(Business and Management Forum)
From contributor H:
I have two employees and there are two religious festivals every year when I close for 1 week. Message on answering machine is clear and I assure clients they will have my full attention upon my return. I do not know if I've ever lost someone, but I have never had a client complain. Lock the door, close the cell phone and enjoy!
These are supposed to be the shop vacation weeks but I tend to be around anyway. An unexpected side benefit is that since the shop is free of other activities for those two weeks I have the shop to myself for personal projects.