It’s Summer Time – Make Time for Time Off

The Business View – July 2016 / Small Business Corner

Gulf Shores 2010Among the many reasons entrepreneurs start a small business is the ability to gain more freedom over their life. When and how long you work are your decisions, not someone else’s. And your reward is more than a paycheck; it’s the opportunity to watch something special grow and thrive.

But for many small business owners, this “freedom” soon evolves from routine to a rut that’s not easy to escape. A sense of responsibility is inherent in being the boss. But some business owners are afraid to take even a short vacation from their companies. They fear that something will go wrong or they’ll miss out on that next big opportunity.

According to the American Express OPEN Vacation Monitor, less than half of 500 small business owners surveyed planned to take any kind of summer vacation. And since 79 percent of employees carry a computer or other work-related device with them on vacation, it’s a good bet bosses like you do as well.

Dedication to your small business is important, but so is setting limits on how far it governs your life.

Entrepreneurs are at their best when they’re well-rested, focused, physic ally healthy and can step out of that leadership role for a while to just be themselves.

If you want to get away for an extended period, brief those in charge on the possibilities and chief concerns of each customer and express your confidence in their ability to handle any issues that may arise.

Tell key clients or customers in advance of any extended time away you are planning and introduce your key employees who will be working with them. You should be looking to delegate tasks to others at your business anyway to cultivate a team of leaders to support your small business as it grows.

Don’t think of time off solely in terms of multi-day vacations.

Taking your own “mental health” day will go a long way toward restoring your well-being. You could also designate certain hours in a day as “your time” to check email, answer the phone or make appointments.

It is a fact that the brain needs sufficient and regular downtime to perform at its optimal level of creativity, productivity and motivation.

Taking time off is possibly the greatest gift entrepreneurs can give themselves, their employees, their businesses and especially their families.

For more information, contact Danette Richards at or 251-431-8652.


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