Hey there…we are finally at the end of this EPIC series of blog posts based on every single possible angle you must plan in your business if you want to take the trip of a LIFETIME.
My ticket is booked and I’ll be officially going to Asia from October to December. The reason I’m going is because my dad’s getting remarried and a couple of close friends are getting married in Thailand. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to skip town and make a REAL trip out of it.
My shenanigans will take place at these places…so if you are in the area hit me up!
HongKong – Thiswillbemymaintravelhub.
Taipei – Wherethe “bachelorparty” willtakeplace. ‘Nuffsaid.
Philippines – WearehittingManila (mybirthplace)
Beijing – Thetouristypartofmytrip.
Then I’ll travel to small cities within China…like I said…EPIC trip!
One of my top goals on this trip (other than having an INSANE amount of fun) is to make a certain $$$ figure of profit each and every month.
As a business owner/entrepreneur it is hard to keep your mind away from your business for too long of a time. We are always thinking about how we can improve our business, give a better experience to our clients and produce better results across the board.
So taking an extended period of time away from your business will be as nerve racking an experience….if you let it.
Okay…since the last two blog posts you have your assistant set up, trainers hired, and your marketing plans in place. One thing I should mention is that you need to run these systems a minimum of 4-6 months to test, tweak and improve.
Don’t just think you can set these things up without having a lick of testing to them.
I’ve been preparing my business for this trip for a long time. In reality, this is how we should set our business up regardless if you are going on vacation or not.
Here is what I’ll do to ensure that my business runs smoothly while I’m away:
Note: I run a boot camp business so this may be different for you depending on your business. Regardless you can take these points and modify them to suit the needs of your business.
I’ll be in contact with my assistant every couple of days to answer any questions or help out in any way possible. At this point Janet (my assistant) knows all of the systems in my business and she’ll be managing in my stead.
I’ve given her the authority to take care of any transactions (refunds/cancellations etc..) that are below $200. Anything else will come to my attention.
She’ll also know every single one of my promos I plan to run.
Janet is not only my assistant but a manager of sorts. She coordinates my trainers and my payroll. So I’ll have monthly meetings on Skype with her to go over any changes, promos and upcoming plans/deadlines.
At this point my trainers know my system, they know my sales process and they are pretty ingrained into my system of doing things. I always like to have one floater sub just in case something happens to a trainer.
In my business I like to focus on the things that I’m really good at: Sales and Marketing.
SEO is not one of the things I’m good at nor want to be good at. Add in there programming, website design, graphic design etc…
If it doesn’t make money in my business I don’t do it. So I just hired someone that was highly recommended to me to do my SEO. I’d rather pay someone to handle this than try and figure it out on my own. I advise the same to you.
I didn’t book this trip so I could spend the time worrying about my business…that’s why I’m following the above plan and the plan I laid out in the last two blog posts. When you take your vacation your primary purpose should always be about fun and experience.
I’m taking MASSIVE ACTION so I can have a jolly good time across the world.
If you are looking to take an epic vacation..these are the steps to doing it. Follow parts 1-3 and set yourself and your business up for success. If you have any questions you can always leave a comment here and I’ll be happy to respond.
Until then…happy travels :)
Dan “Ninja” Go
I thought your 3 series post was very helpful with organizing a long term plan. Thanks bro!
Awesome blog post! I have a questions.. What kind of hourly rate do feel is good for a manager/asst?
Also how many hours a week do you have your manager working?
Jonas “Honey Badger” Deffes
Jonas: I started mine at $10 an hour and bumped her up to $12 an hour. She’s working about 25 hours a week for me.