If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me sending out some dreamy images from Arizona last week. There was blue skies, airport mimosas and gorgeous mountain peaks.
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you probably didn't even notice I had left.
That's because I prepared my business for my vacation and today I want to let you in on what I did.
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Scheduled My Content:
I'm a big believer in scheduling content regardless, but you want to make sure you have dotted all your I's and crossed all your T's before leaving. You don't want to wake up in a panic on vacation remembering you never scheduled that blog post or Instagram post.
What I Use to Schedule Content
For Pinterest, I use Tailwind. Tailwind allows me to share and loop my content months in advance. Since using Tailwind, I have doubled my web traffic and now see a whopping 2.0M monthly viewers on my Pinterest account.
Related: An Introductory Guide to Tailwind
For Instagram, I use Later. Later allows me to plan out my feed, save caption ideas and so much more. It’s been a huge lifesaver and really helped me to brand my feed.
Related: Top Tips for Branding Your Instagram
Facebook + Twitter:
I won’t lie, I’m not great at using my JPD Facebook or Twitter, but when I’m on top of my game, I use Buffer to schedule the content. Buffer allows me to schedule my posts,
I also kept my blog up and running, but once again, this isn’t really any different from any other week. I just schedule my blogs to go live right in Squarespace once they are finalized.
Set Up an Autoresponder
I am awful with my email. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions in fact. (Psst. it hasn’t panned out. lol)
My email is constantly open and I respond the second I see an email come in. But, when I’m on vacation, I absolutely refuse to open it. It's the only time I'm a real stickler about my email.
However, since I have set a certain expectation of a speedy response time, it's vital for me to use an autoresponder whenever I’m out of the office.
As a side note - I think everyone should use one either way. It's just polite. Plus, it tames you inbox from those pest-y triple-emailers.
Related: How to Set Up an Autoresponder in Gmail
Informed The Appropriate Contacts
I knew I had a vacation coming up, so my schedule was light. But, I did have a client I work with frequently reach out to me right before I left. I am typically able to tackle her projects right away, but since I knew I wouldn't be, I made sure to respond to the email and let her know I would get back to after I returned.
I do want to say, clients or prospective clients aren't the only people you should inform of an absence.
If you're guest blogging, appearing on a podcast, working with a contractor or anyone who would be surprised if you stopped responding to email, shoot them a courtesy email. That ensures the relationship isn't damaged by something silly and it sets the expectation to not send an abhorrent number of emails while you're away.
Have you taken a vacation recently? How did you prepare your business for you to be away? Let me know in the comments!