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Don’t Think You Can Take a Vacation from Your Business? | Brenda Violette | Virtual COO

Don’t Think You Can Take a Vacation from Your Business?

Is this the year ​​that ​you ​unplug and take a ​vacation from your business?  

For many entrepreneurs and ​business ​owners taking ​any time off ​​triggers ​separation anxiety.

​Fears begin to surface such as losing business ​or emergencies arising with no one​​ ​available to ​manage.

​According to a study published by Ondeck Capital, only 57% of small business owners planned to take a vacation. 


Furthermore, a 2014 report published by ADT found that 55% of small business owners never travel without their phone so that they can check in on the business while they’re on vacation.

The Real Reason Entrepreneurs Don’t Take ​a Vacation from Their Business

​Recently I read a blog post by Barbara Taylor, Allan Taylor & Co., “The Real Reason Entrepreneurs Don’t Take Vacations.”  

She states in her post that the real reason entrepreneurs don’t take ​vacations​ is ​that we have forgotten how.  She calls this ​vacation amnesia.

Start Up Phase

During the startup phase of building our business vacation plans often get pushed off for financial reasons.  Budgets are tight and ​priorities are focused on growing the business during this stage.

​Growth Phase

The next growth stage of business presents new obstacles to taking a vacation. ​​The busyness of a growing company requires your presence for everything to run smoothly. ​

Barbara goes on to point out that during this phase your business is experiencing some serious growing pains.  ​

These pains ​most likely revolve around the need for you to hire good managers and delegation.  Even if you’re able to take a vacation during this phase your recess is interrupted by emails and phone calls.

​Maturity Phase

​Even ​after the business has reached maturity, ​​some business owners still ​have trouble taking the much needed time off ​to unplug, relax and enjoy their success.  

They find identity in their creation; the business is their baby.  It’s a mindset thing.  By the time the business has reached this level the business owner finds it very hard to mentally “check-out” to take a vacation.  

Some will go ahead and take a vacation, then manage the anxiety they feel by ​taking their laptops and phones with them and constantly to do ​check-ins.

Why all business owners should take a vacation from their business

We all need time to recharge our batteries, especially entrepreneurs and business owners. 

We carry a lot of weight on our shoulders each day to ​carry​ out tasks, decisions, and activities designed to feed and nurture a successful business.  

Most ​business owners feel overwhelmed, over-worked and stressed in their business and just on the verge of burnout.   

It’s easy to understand ​all excuses ​touted for not taking ​much-needed rest and relaxation from the daily grind of running a business. 

But, here’s the thing

​​When you don’t schedule opportunities to ​unplug from ​the day-to-day you're actually putting your ​business ​at risk.

Business ​growth depends on ​YOU!  

You're the leader and CEO and like any other ​​business ​strategy ​designed to create growth, ​you must maintain a healthy balance between work and play.  

​My story​

​I never took time off to unplug from my business in the initial start-up years. ​

Like you...

I feared ​what would happen if I took my foot off the pedal, even for a day.  

  • I wanted my clients to know I was there for them.  
  • What if I missed out on new business?  

There was no balance between work and play.  There were no boundaries.  

I reasoned ​there was plenty of time for relaxing ​​once I felt in control in everything in my business.

Let me tell you...  

​There will never be plenty of time later on.  You only have today.  

I burned out.  I was on the verge of making the ​decision to close up shop and ​get a "real" job! I know you understand that feeling only too well.

After 10 years of business ownership, I learned...

Schedule time off.  Whether it's a mental health day, long weekend or 2-week vacation.  Like Nike says, just DO IT!  

When I take time away from my daily routine and responsibilities I'm always pleasantly surprised ​by the results. ​ ​

  • ​My mind relaxes and creativity begins to flow.
  • ​Solutions to problems pop ​up where ​earlier I just felt like I was spinning to ​solve an issue.
  • ​I experience renewed ​​energy and love for my business and clients.

​Studies show that productivity dips after logging 50 hours in a single workweek.  

You’re not putting your best foot forward when you’re routinely sacrificing downtime for perceived productivity.

​Are You Ready to Take a Vacation from Your Business?

You created a business to gain freedom ​from your work and life.

The paradox is that you're ​most likely ​not experiencing that freedom ​​while constantly plugged into your business.

Good news!!!

If you’re in the growth stage of your business (multiple 6-7 figures) it’s possible to have the time, ​freedom and security you need to unplug from your business when needed.  ​

It's time to hire a seasoned and trusted second-in-command (Virtual COO) role to release you from ​the day-to-day ​running and back-end concerns of your business.  

​The Virtual COO role in your company ensures that you have the time and freedom you need to grow your business.  

This second-in-command role frees you from being ​buried in the "back-end" of ​day-to-day operations, team, projects, and marketing implementation that keeps you stuck to your office​ and devices.

​When my clients are away from their office they​ ​enjoy ​the​ freedom of ​not worrying ​about what is going on ​when they're ​away.  ​

​The Virtual COO role in your company ensures that you have the time and freedom you need to grow your business.  

This second-in-command role frees you from being ​buried in the "back-end" of ​day-to-day operations, team, projects, and marketing implementation that keeps you stuck to your office​ and devices.

​When my clients are away from their office they​ ​enjoy ​the​ freedom of ​not worrying ​about what is going on ​when they're ​away.  ​

Take a Vacation from Your Business | Brenda Violette | Virtual COO | Online Business Manager

They ​relax knowing that ​things will not fall apart in their absence. 

​Their customers and clients ​​continue to be happy, revenue continues to flow in, teams and projects ​stay on track and there are systems and processes to address ​​unexpected disruptions. 

Together we plan and schedule ​to plug-in events, days off and vacations as far in advance as possible ​into the ​quarterly and annual goals.  

They're ​free to unplug (even partially) and be fully present where ever they are, knowing that I've got their back.   

Read Related Post: Who's Holding Down Your Fort?  This post shares with you how one of my clients ​was able to be away from her office 33 times in one year with my support as her Virtual COO. ​​

Take a Vacation from Your Business | Brenda Violette | Virtual COO | Online Business Manager

Is this you?  

Is this the year that you'll ​finally ​consider unplugging and take a vacation from your business?​You'll be a happier, more balanced and focused business owner ​when you do.  

​Please leave me a comment below to let me know how long it's been since you took a vacation.  

About the Author Brenda Violette, Professional Fractional Integrator for Companies Running on EOS®

Brenda Violette is the founder and CEO of Violette Business Services, LLC an online business and operations management company serving visionary women entrepreneurs since 2008. Brenda’s core service offering is Fractional Integrator, often called a COO. If you are familiar with the book Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters, you will recognize the roles of Visionary and Integrator. The V/I Duo™. Some Integrators like Brenda, work with companies who need the expertise of an Integrator but are not yet ready to hire a full-time Integrator. She partners with business owners generating early million-dollar organizations while sitting in the Visionary seat of the company and running their service-based company on EOS® Entrepreneurial Operating System. EOS® has become more and more popular in the marketplace. And Brenda loves it because it is a simple and straightforward framework for creating traction and growth for her clients. In the role of Integrator, it is her job to drive the model. She is passionate about helping business owners grow and scale their purpose-driven service-based companies. To learn more about how a Fractional Integrator can help you create big growth and sustainability visit www.BrendaViolette.com.

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