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Take a Load Off

Missing out on R&R can mean big trouble for your business. If you haven't taken a vacation lately, make it No. 1 on your to-do list.

This story appears in the July 2001 issue of

Ahhhh. The sounds of island music drift through the air from a distant cabana. A tropical breeze brushes across your skin as the gentle waves wash up on the white-sand beach. You feel the warmth of the sun on your legs as you sip your mai tai and enjoy the view of a turquoise sea and sky. Beep, beep, beep! Your alarm reminds you it's only a dream, and you've got a zillion people to call, plans to draft and numbers to crunch today.

If the closest you're getting to a vacation is dreaming about one, it's time for some serious restructuring. While entrepreneurs in general can be stingy with their time off, homebased entrepreneurs tend to be even harder on themselves and even more reluctant to get away. Karen Frost, founder of Washington, DC-area Frost Media Relations, explains this hesitation: "Since my is just me, I think there's a concern from my clients that some ball is going to drop [while I'm on vacation] and nobody's going to know how to pick it up. And as the company grows, there's even less opportunity to take a vacation."

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