If you've built your business from the ground up, worked your fingers to the bone, or obsessed over every detail, of course you want your business to be successful. You're likely happy to spend long hours working, sacrificing your weekends and even checking your emails when you're supposed to be "off duty" (what's that?). You don't even consider it a sacrifice. You consider it an honor.
Of course, you want to be needed. You'd hate to think that your business would do even better without you there, but like a parent with a child, you'd love to think that you've built such a solid foundation that your business would survive without you.
But everyone has to take a day off sometime. It's good for your mental health, your state of mind, and really, your physical health as well. It does the body good to rest, to sleep in, and to pursue hobbies and some form of exercise.
If you haven't done this in a while, you're likely wringing your hands and asking yourself over and over as you toss and turn in bed: "Would my business survive if I stepped away for a day? How about a week? What would happen to my business if I retired?"
Take a deep breath. Here are three ways to ensure that your business would not only survive but thrive if you stepped away.
Be prepared for the worst
Have a contingency plan in place in case there is ever an emergency or a disaster. Make sure you have a list of possible scenarios and solutions for each one. That way, even if you aren't around, your staff will know your wishes for what the company should do.
Consider writing down your passwords and private information, so someone can keep the business moving if you are ever incapacitated.
Hire competent employees
Make sure you hire people that you trust, and make sure you don't micromanage so they can be autonomous in their jobs. If you do it right, your staff might even be people that you can learn from as well. Treat your employees right, be more than fair, and they will stick with you, because it benefits them to do so.
Remember, turnover will cost you money, because of the retraining required. When you have people you trust, your business will be in good hands if you ever have to leave for a weekend or a holiday.
Have a routine
Make sure your team has a routine so it can run like a well-oiled machine if you ever have to leave. This may not be possible in all businesses, but ensure that you have a routine in place as much as possible.
Ensure that you formally have a vision and a company culture and share it with others.
Having a vision for the company and a company culture keeps your employees on track, because everyone is working toward a common goal. That common goal will still be there if you have to leave your business in someone else's hands.
Remember, if you're overworked, you're likely at risk of making big mistakes--often to the detriment of your business. So don't put your business ahead of your personal health. Take time for your business, but also take time to take care of yourself. That way, you can do your best work, and everyone wins.