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Planning to take a vacation but not sure what you need to do for your Silhouette or Cricut craft business before you go?
Here’s my checklist of things to do before you leave for vacation.
6 Things to Do Before You Take a Vacation from Your Craft Business
- Let customers know early. Make several announcements on social media, your website, or your shop about your vacation beginning several weeks before you leave.
- Be specific. Be specific about the details of your vacation. I’m not talking where you are going. Instead, include what dates you’ll be gone, when (and if) you’ll be accepting orders while you are gone, whether or not you will you be keeping up with emails or issues that arise, or if you will be offline and completely unreachable.
- Schedule social media ahead of time. Keep up with your social media content while you are away. Schedule either with each network or use a third party service.
- Set up autoresponders. Set up messages to instantly reply to customers on social media and email who may message while you are away. Promptly return any messages when you arrive home.
- Have a sale. Hosting a sale either immediately before you leave or immediately when you return can help offset having your business closed.
- Share some pictures. Sharing a few vacation pictures while you are gone, reminds customers that you are gone. As a bonus, it helps customers put a face to your business.
How Do I Handle a Vacation From My Etsy Shop
If you sell on Etsy, read this article on 3 methods for closing your Etsy shop.
Allow Yourself an Extra Day When You Get Home
One more thing: When I go out of town, I always allow myself one extra day or two to be home before returning to work. This gives me time to catch up on laundry, household chores, mail… and rest!
Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.
Wednesday 29th of May 2019
These are all great tips! I'm planning to be on vacation this coming Saturday for a week! Yeah me!
Christine, Cutting for Business
Wednesday 3rd of July 2019