How to Orchestrate “Extended Leave” from Your Very Own Business…

Bolivian Salt Plains

BIG question for you Business Owner is: how to orchestrate “Extended Leave” from my very own business?
That is, to carve out the time for you to enjoy perceived FREEDOM of business ownership and to look forward to going back to well established, thriving business when the time is right.

“Why would I want to do that?”, I hear you cry!
“I’ve structured my Business so that I can do both.”
“I’ll be OK, I can work around this surely.”
“How hard can it be, I’ll just take the work with me.”

Granted, there seems to be this unwritten, unspoken rule that goes along the lines of, if you are a business owner then how dare you think about taking time off for any reason, let alone for an extended holiday. Some would argue that wasn’t it because of this FREEDOM that many a business starts in the first place?

Seriously, whatever plans you put in place at the time of extended leave will generally work out in the end, for the most part. Were they ideal is the question explored after the fact, but then it’s too late. Instead, why not consider consciously locking out time to spend holidaying, knowing you do not have to worry about the day to day mechanics of the business for a set period of time?

Here’s what I know for sure, leaving what you want to happen to chance is quite often the worst way to think about how you want the months away to play out.

Hasty decisions made tardily in a stressful period may not be in yours and your business best interest. If real difficulties arise, sometimes the issues can trigger a throw-in-the-towel moment, resulting in walking away and just “shutting up shop”.

Let this not be you!

Appreciating that if this is extended leave #1, then you don’t know what you don’t know…yet. And even if it is break #2 or #3, one cannot be relied upon to be the same as the last, so newly formed considerations should apply each and every time.

From one who has been there, done that e.g: travelling on BIG adventures every two years after having taken over a business, building it to 7-figures and selling it after a 15 year reign whilst as a single mother…facilitating a structured way to have a chunk of time off and being paid regularly is critical.

Spending time seriously thinking through what proper measures to put in place to be able to enjoy being an adventurer and Business Ownership is a crucial step in being able to handle both. I guarantee the plotting and scheming you invest now will serve You, Partner, Business, Clients, Suppliers and the greater community so much better than if you do not…

So, firstly (given we are in planning stage), let’s take a moment to get clear on the current state of your Business by running it through (what I affectionately call) the “So You Think You’re In Business” Scorecard.

The final score not only gives you a snapshot of how you rate your business today but going through the process also reveals the opportunities and the reworks needed to finish your unfinished business in readiness for this next BIG holiday in your Life… if you’re up for the challenge that is?


The point about doing this is to highlight, with a tactical focus:
• What needs to get done?
• By when?
• What necessary adjustments need to be made?
• Who can help?
• How to rollout?

So, why is this important?

When starting out in business, it is often touted that you should “start with the end in mind”. I for one talk about it all the time! However, whilst I completely understand that by bringing a BIG holiday into the mix it is not THE end of your business. Assuming you want to come back and step right in where you left off, you need to set it up that way.

Giving this a good hard think and deciding what to do may be influenced by the much-debated notion of why can’t I “have it all”? As we know, just because you can (potentially) doesn’t mean it’s the best thing to do, for you, at this particular time in your life.

What you choose to do with your business has to work for all concerned.

My intent for you is therefore, by going through this starting point exercise, as a line-in-the-sand eye opener, it enables you to acknowledge the gaps within your

Business and therefore investigate the ways and means to set up life whereby you can have as much of the “all” as makes sense for you.

Let’s face it, the most precious commodity a human has is that of TIME.

It cannot be banked, withdrawn and used at a later date. It is not refundable, no matter how hard you wish it to be. And you also know how long it has taken you to grow your business to where it is today. Taking all this into account, by being guided through with your pre-holiday that on enables you to comes to terms with how to combine Basking and Business.

If worse comes to worse and you just can’t see how it can all piece together, we can always talk about taking the Business to market and selling it… but let’s not be rush into anything just yet.

Wishing you all the best in whatever you decide to do.

#OpportunityAlert Strategic Financial Controller, 15-20 hrs per week, $130kp.a. pro rata… Is this job for you?

To all entrepreneurial mothers who double as a Financial Controller!

This role may just be the ideal job you have been looking for… are you able to?

  • make strategic decisions based on financial data produced
  • work as a senior member of a management team
  • communicate at a high level with both team and colleagues
  • utilise your industry experience in design, architecture, construction
  • commute to an office in inner Melbourne
  • command a pro-rata salary of $130,ooo+ p.a.
  • do this working 15-20 hours per week
  • contribute and do good work

If this is for you, email me at by March 15 with contact details and CV or equivalent.

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Have You Entered The Brilliant Biz Mum Awards and Conference Yet?


Time to get onto it!

The Brilliant Biz Mum Conference & Awards is a celebration of amazing mums in business – by way of showing off their products and services, listening to their amazing stories and celebrating their achievements.

The Conference & Awards will be held on May 14th, 2016 featuring approx 40 stallholders, amazing speakers, workshops and networking galore in the day! The Awards night is a fun night of celebration and networking directly after the Conference – culminating in awarding 13 amazing mums in business as the best in their field.

The Awards

The Brilliant Biz Mum Awards are all judged – there is no social media voting – so all winners are determined based on merit.

The judging panel is made up of the Award sponsor (a Biz Mum who has experience within the field and is managing the category) and two guest judges.

The categories are:

  1. Best Life & Business Clarity sponsored by Fiona Redding of The Happiness Hunter
  2. Best Juggler sponsored by Pauline Delany of The Harmony Life Stylist
  3. Most Influential Brand sponsored by Annemarie Cross of
  4. Best Service-Based Business sponsored by Rosie Shilo of Virtually Yours
  5. Best Innovative Product sponsored by Cath Connell of Spicycat Creative and Wholehearted Marketing
  6. Best Social Media Success Story sponsored by Loren Bartley of Impactiv8
  7. Most Creative Marketing on a Budget sponsored by Susie Campbell of Little Black Book Marketing
  8. Best Mum in Biz Boss sponsored by Natasha Gallardo of Working Mothers Connect
  9. Best Web Presence sponsored by Julie Allen of biz yourself
  10. Best Image for Business sponsored by Zahrina Robertson of Zahrina Photography & Video
  11. Writing Excellence Award sponsored by Sarah Garbuio of The Business Butler
  12. Best Community-Minded Mum sponsored by Melina Schamroth of m.a.d. woman
  13. MLM Superstar Award sponsored by Fran Pratt of Kiss to Sell & Arbonne

There is definitely at least one category you can be going for… just choose it and do it!

Details of the conference can be found here

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