Jesse Willms: Entrepreneurs – You Deserve A Break Today!

Posted by Jesse Willms on July 12, 2011

Summer is here, the weather is beautiful and people are finally starting to take their annual summer vacations. Yet, many of you reading this are not planning on taking any time off this summer.

That’s because you are entrepreneurs, and think that your business cannot survive without you. But, honestly, you are wrong – one of the best things you could possibly do for your business is to take a few weeks off and just have some fun.

Building your own business is a great thing. It can be fun to run it and see it grow. But, many of us think that we are not expendable, and that our company would fall apart if we were not there at all times.

The thing is, however, that working day in and day out all through the year is an easy way to burn out. That’s what happens to a lot of entrepreneurs, and burnout is not a pretty thing.

The best-case scenario is that you’ll start making poor business decisions. The worst-case scenario is that it will affect your mental or physical health. Do you really think either outcome is good for business?

Of course not. That’s why one of the best pieces of advice I can give to any entrepreneur is to take some time off and relax. In other words: don’t feel guilty if you take a summer vacation.

Your employees don’t need you looking over their shoulder all the time. If you go away, they are not suddenly going to turn your office into an unending frat party. Instead, they are going to work hard to prove that they are capable, experienced people who want to help you grow your business.

Meanwhile, by taking some time to relax you’ll get back a lot of your physical and mental energy. You’ll free your mind, which can help you brainstorm and come up with better business decisions down the line.

Beyond that, try to remember why you started your own company in the first place – it was so you’d have the freedom to do what you want. If you’ve traded having to work day in and day out for a boss to simply becoming a day in and day out slave to your company, have you really met your goal?

Everyone wants to think their company can’t survive without them. That may be the case in the long term – but in the short term, your company is more likely to grow if you take some time off to have some fun every so often.

That’s why my business advice to entrepreneurs this week is to get on a plane, fly somewhere nice and treat yourself to a nice vacation. Don’t feel guilty about it – everyone deserves to have some fun.