As summer vacation season kicks into gear, many of those in business for themselves will only dream of beaches and docks, for delayed, abbreviated or missed time off is one of the prices many entrepreneurs pay for owning a business, writes Catherine Mulroney in an article published last week in The Globe and Mail. Less than half (46%) of U.S. small business owners plan to take a summer vacation of at least one week this year, according to the 2011 American Express OPEN Small Business Vacation Monitor survey of about 500 small business owners. The top reasons? Busy work schedules and affordability.
Still, entrepreneurs and others interviewed for the article say it’s important to find time to recharge your batteries. Among their tips: build vacation plans into your business plan; leave clear instructions on how and when you are to be contacted; and opt for summer hours and/or long weekends, if an extended break isn’t possible. For more tips on taking a summer breather, read the full article here.