Climate change is making you nervous, but let’s face it, the globe hasn’t warmed enough to make winter in Toronto completely bearable. You want a vacation; but how can you possibly get away from your business without chaos erupting in your wake? And where would you even go, a sensory deprivation gulag where you won’t be tempted to check work messages every 5 minutes?
First of all, know that ‘entrepreneur’ and ‘vacation’ are separated by more than 16 alphabet letters; holidays are just wishful thinking to many small and mid-size business owners. If you have put your heart and soul into your startup, you may feel that no one could possibly fill your shoes, and that problems would pile up so high in your absence that you’d never catch up. Well, let’s hope that’s ego talking! Because if it’s true, then you’ve boxed yourself into the kind of slavery you were trying to avoid when you struck out on your own in the first place.
The fact is that time off is essential, not just for your own physical/mental/emotional/spiritual health, which you probably neglect in favour of spreadsheets all the time; having some leisure time will actually make you a more effective spreadsheet-analyzer. You won’t be stressed, sick, burned out and unhappy, which are all things that overworked entrepreneurs experience even when things are going well.
How connected you want to be to your business during your vacation is really up to you, though we do have some helpful tips to make sure the business runs smoothly in your absence. Whether you decide to slip away for a long weekend or cancel all your prospecting for the next month, here are our top 5 vacations for the deserving entrepreneur (hint: all entrepreneurs deserve a vacation!)
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