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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Small Business Owners - Plan Vacations Strategically Around Business Trends

According to a new survey from American Express OPEN (small business division of American Express) only 46 percent of small business owners will take a week's vacation this summer. Thirty-seven percent said they are too busy and 29 percent said they couldn't afford it.

Earlier in the year, American Express OPEN reported that thirty-four percent of small business owners take time off when theyre stressed or have had enough, up 10% from spring 2007. 

As a small business owner, your busiest time may be in the summer. Unless you have top-notch employees, this may not be the best time for you to take a break. 

As you follow the trends of your business, you will notice times during the year when your clients are busier and times when your clients may require your products or services less. For example, between Christmas and New Years may be a dead time for your business. Why not plan vacation time then? Or the month of January may be a slow month for your business - a great time to get away.

Just because much of the country may be vacationing during the summer doesn't mean you need to sacrifice your peak business time to take a vacation. Plan vacations when you have slow times. You may need to make special arrangements if you need to take your kids out of school, etc., but it's worth the extra effort.

Whatever you do, make sure you have time away from your work. You will return energized and invigorated from stepping away from your business. An essential time management tool!

More on vacations: 

Why Time Off Is Well Spent

Get Organized Month - Declutter Your Schedule - Take Some Time Off!

Helping Your Kids Pack for Vacation