A small business music and DVD store near where I live closed for ten days in March so the owner could take a break, his first in ten years. I like the notice the posted on the door to the shop in advance of the break.
I figured newsagents who run a single person business don’t have the opportunity to close like this given the nature of what we sell. A newsagent I was talking with during the week did close recently for a break. They had worked every day for five years straight and had a family wedding to attend. So they closed and crossed their fingers that suppliers would not penalise them.
The high cost of labour compared to other first world countries is a factor that results in plenty of newsagents running single person operations. An adult costs upwards of $21.00 an hour here with a three hour minimum. In the US, adults in department stores are plaid around $7.00 an hour with no minimum. Plus they can be sacked on the spot. There is no point in complaining about the cost of labour as many newsagents went into business knowing the figures.
How do you handle taking a break from your business? that’s the key question I;d like to ask with this post. I know some newsagents who take four to six weeks a year without fail while others are lucky to get a break every few years. Would you close your shop to take a break?