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|Taking Time Away Can Be Good for Business
By Victoria Munro
Small business owners are very good at a lot of things, but taking time off isn’t one of them. Americans in general put in longer hours than workers in any other industrialized nation, but for many entrepreneurs there’s no such thing as a 40-hour work week, and taking a vacation can seem like a far-fetched fantasy.
Why Such Crazy Workaholics?
Most entrepreneurs choose a business they’re passionate about, and doing what you love can become addictive!
When you’ve grown and nurtured that business from the ground up, it’s easy to act like an over-protective parent. In addition, there’s the fear that things will fall apart if you leave town, clients won’t understand if you’re not there to respond personally and immediately to their needs, or you might miss new business opportunities.
We may have needed to work crazy hours without taking vacations during the start-up phase of the business, now overwork has become a lifestyle.
Take Care of Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset
Remember, your business’s biggest asset is you! And you need down time. Getting out of town occasionally will re-charge your entrepreneurial batteries and give you a truer perspective—a chance to step back and look at the big picture. You’ll return refreshed, rejuvenated and able to give your best. Regard your vacation as an important long-term investment in yourself and the success of your business.
10 Tips to Help You Take Time Off
About the Author: Victoria Munro is co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly, a company dedicated to creating success for small-business owners through creatively designed programs and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different businesses. To receive FREE business success articles with tips to help you with your business, sign up for their award-winning ezine, “In-Flight Refueling,” at: LLCwww.Make-it-Fly.com, and receive a free copy of the eBook, Get More Done in Less Time: 101 Quick and Easy Time Tactics & Tips.
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