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For Entrepreneurs, This Summer's No Day at the Beach

Posted by Carol Tice | July 15, 2011
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/219983

For Entrepreneurs, This Summers No Day at the BeachWhile many Americans will be rolling out the lazy days of summer lounging on beach towels, few entrepreneurs will likely follow suit.

Less than half plan to take even one week of vacation, American Express OPEN Small Business Vacation Monitor found. One-third of owners said they feared losing clients if they headed out of town. By comparison, in 2006, 67 percent said they would be taking time off.

This isn't a good thing.

Not taking vacation leads to burnout, for starters. Also, don't you get a million new ideas for your business when you're on a break? Forgo vacation and you might miss your next great idea on how to grow your business.

Though, if you feel like you just can't get away, it may be time to hire more staff -- or maybe your first employee. Offload some tasks, cross-train someone to cover your workload and lay the ground work now for vacation 2012.

Until then, here are a few ways to utilize this summer at work most effectively:

Will you take a summer vacation? Tell us whether you'll stay or go, and why.