Chances are you and your employees are taking some well-deserved time off in the next few weeks. But, as a business owner or executive, you may find it tough to get away because your thoughts turn back to the business.

To help eliminate added stress so you can enjoy time with your family and friends, or sit on a beach somewhere, here are three quick things to do before you go.

1. Set up autoresponders for your e-mail and voicemail

There’s nothing more frustrating for a customer or client than to reach out because they need something and, instead of getting a response, they get nothing. You can care for that by setting up e-mail autoresponders (directions below) and updating your voicemail.

Make sure that in each, you let people know how to get a hold of someone if they need something urgent.

Oh, and leave yourself a note to remove the autoresponder or update your voicemail when you’re back.

How To Set Up E-mail Autoresponders For:

Microsoft Outlook


iCloud (Apple)

2. Adjust your hours on your Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business)

Google allows you to set Holiday Hours specifically for temporary changes, like vacations or holidays.

Since many people rely on Google to give them up-to-date information on businesses, you need to let Google know when you’ll be closed or have reduced hours. There’s nothing more frustrating for a prospective customer or client than fighting holiday traffic to get across town to a business, only to find that the company didn’t take 30 seconds to update their holiday hours.

Google even sends e-mail reminders to the account admin to get accurate information. So if you’re unsure who the admin is or want to be proactive and update hours now, you can go to and set your holiday hours.

3. Make sure your company data is backed up!

Did you know that more than 250,000 properties annually experience flooding from burst water pipes, most of which happen in the winter? So coming back to the office to find that your computers are sitting in 6 inches of water (or ice) could ruin your week. This is just one of many reasons you need to ensure all your company computers and data are backed up (off-site).

If you’re unsure if your data is backed up (and I mean 100% sure), then we can probably help you with that.

You can click here to schedule a brief 10-minute call, and we can ask a few simple questions to help determine if your data is backed up and secure. If not, we can offer solutions to get that done fast.

You deserve time off from your business to relax and recharge, and we hope these three tips will help you to make the most of that time this holiday season!