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Summer holidays: Maintaining a work/life balance

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Summer holidays: Maintaining a work/life balance

Being your own boss affords you a lot of benefits, but being a boss and a parent can throw up new challenges when the summer holidays come around. While the kids are ecstatic schools out, it can be a struggle to balance family and business commitments. Mobile working allows you to access all your data on the go, meaning you can run your business from your back pocket, wherever you are.

Nappy manufacturer, Huggies, commissioned a survey of 2000 parents and found 75% felt they had committed too much time to work rather than spending time with their children. Whether it’s ferrying the kids between summer activities, or visiting that friend you’ve not seen for months, it’s not uncommon for business owners to feel the nagging tug of guilt they should be somewhere else.

The importance of taking a break

How do you define a day off? When you’re living and breathing your business every moment of the day, it can be difficult to step back. Work related stress is damaging to your mental health and will ultimately hinder any business development you had planned. Starting and running a business can put huge strain on your relationships. Maintaining a positive work life balance is essential keeping all those plates spinning! It’s important to make some time for yourself, your family and your friends.

Discover Small Business Watch conducted a survey to find nearly a third of small business owners work over 10 hours a day, with 15% working a 7 day week. When you’ve invested your all, financially, physically, mentally and emotionally, it can be easy to forget there is more to life than work. Getting bogged down in the day to day can stifle the creativity and vision that will help your business thrive. A fresh perspective could be just what you need to give your business a boost.

Your business doesn't have to stop when you do

Take a day, take two! Take your family on holiday. You’ve done the groundwork, you trust your team and you're giving them the freedom to professionally develop by running the show when you're not there. However it’s rarely that simple, and you may be haunted by apocalyptic visions of the business crumbling in your absence.

If you can’t cut the cord completely, Epos Now’s cloud based system allows you to check hundreds of detailed reports at the touch of a button. The power of cloud technology means you could be sunning yourself in Rio while watching the sales roll in Royston. With full access and control to all areas of your business, your Epos Now system affords you priceless peace of mind.

Our award-winning AppStore has over 110+ integrations that you can select to automate and streamline key business operations. You may be down at the park feeding the ducks, and it strikes you it’s late night shopping. Will you need another another member of staff on? Deputy is an intelligent staffing app which allows you to make fully costed employee schedules in minutes. Send out the rota, manage attendance and assign employees tasks in your absence. It fully integrates with your chosen payroll system, allowing you to spend less time battling with spreadsheets at bedtime, and more time tucking your kids in.

So remember...

The cloud empowers you with mobile, flexible working when you need it. Whether that's saving on childcare costs as you multitask at home, or enjoying the peace of mind that comes with distant supervision from your deckchair, with an Epos Now solutuion, you have the freedom to run your business as you please.

If you'd like more information on the features and benefits an Epos Now system could afford you and your business, please get in touch with our team of specialist consultants on 0800 2 945 945.


Erin Heenan

Erin joined Epos Now in 2016 as an in-house content writer for the marketing department, making use of 10 years experience working in busy restaurants. An avid fan of shopping and eating out, she is committed to helping retail and hospitality SMEs get the most out of their businesses.

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