How to Enjoy Summer – And Grow as an Entrepreneur

Summer means barbecues, pool parties, family reunions, beach trips and other vacations. Are any of these activities realistic if you’re an entrepreneur strapped for time?

The answer is yes – with some self-discipline and a focus on big goals. Here are a few ways, big and small, to enjoy the season and position yourself for success at the same time.

Take advantage of summer’s extra daylight. Get going early so you’ll have time later for a drink by the pool.

Read to learn. Put business books and biographies about successful leaders on your summer reading list. Another option: load audio books or podcasts onto your cell phone. Listen to them in your favorite lounge chair during 30-minute breaks.

Visit local businesses in your industry while traveling. If you aren’t in their market, chances are they’ll be open to talking with you about trends as well as what’s worked – and what hasn’t.

Move your office outside. Set up your laptop and phone on your deck or patio to write that marketing proposal.

Help your kids or grandkids start a summer business. A lemonade stand or a dog walking venture can be a bonding experience – plus it might teach you a few things that will help your own entrepreneurial endeavor.

Go to a conference. Choose one that teaches, inspires and provides enough downtime to explore the local city. Bring your family and tack on a couple of days of rest and relaxation.

Volunteer for a summer festival or an outdoor charity event. It’s an ideal way to meet new people and expand your professional network.

Enroll in a summer art class. Learning to draw, paint or take pictures can boost creativity and attention to detail. Artists understand how small design components add to, or detract from, a bigger picture – an important ability in business.

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, one of the reasons you own (or want to own) a business is to have flexibility and control over your schedule. Go ahead and enjoy the summer. Just keep learning and moving forward.

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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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