For many business owners, the idea of planning a summer vacation can be complicated at best and unimaginable at worst.
Anxieties about customer or client attention and nervousness about missed business opportunities can make many small business owners feel they cannot take any time off.
Despite these stresses, more than 67 percent of business owners still anticipate to take a rest for at least one week this summer, based on a yearly survey by OPEN from American Express, the company’s small business team.
“Small business owners work quite difficult, and it is significant they take time off to recharge,” said Alice Bredin, small business advisor for OPEN from American Express. “Advance preparation can make it simpler for them to take a much-needed holiday and quell anxieties about their businesses running easily in their own lack.”
The following hints may help business owners vindicate some time off this summer and save some money as well:
* Plan ahead to save money. Some credit and charge cards permit cardmembers to earn points toward everything from airfare to car rentals to resort stays and allow them to redeem points at nearly any airline with no blackout dates or restrictions. By using a charge card like the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express through the year for business purchases, you can amass points fast to help offset the price of your next holiday.
* Brief key clients or customers. When you can, give them a minimum of two to three weeks’ notice. Identify your stand ins and convey your trust in their own skill to help should a problem arise.
* Take a day trip or a three-day weekend. Occasionally a long escape is only not in the cards. If so, a short escape with a change of scenery may do wonders and permit you to return to work rested and refreshed.