Summer Vacation Only a Dream for Many Entrepreneurs

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.

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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3 Responses to Summer Vacation Only a Dream for Many Entrepreneurs

  1. Mike Wilson says:

    Mostly, I manage several 4- or 5-day weekends a year. In 2008, we took 10 days and went to Arizona, Nevada, and California. It was wonderful, and a LONG TIME TO BE GONE. This year, we are doing 7 days. The long weekends work best for me, and I can manage to do that more often.

  2. lbstrang says:

    Long weekends are good, especially when you can take them during non-holiday times (i.e., avoiding Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc). That way, you don’t have holiday traffic jams, crowds and other sources of stress when you’re trying to decompress.

    • Mike Wilson says:

      Yes, you are so right. And on the long weekend, you are gone long enough to decompress, but not too long to start worrying about what is happening in your absence. And if two days are actual weekend, little is happening on those days. Shoot, I find that most of the people I deal with are already mentally on the weekend after lunch on Friday!

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