‘Independence’ Away from Business Leads to Innovation
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. July ignites
reflection on the American dream, and we hope you have found, or
will find time to take a break, relax and reflect.
This "break" can be critical to an entrepreneurs' success,
leading to innovative approaches, increased productivity and
For over 230 years, our nation's small business owners have made
the choice to pursue the personal satisfaction of being an
entrepreneur; accepting the advantages, disadvantages and risks.
Many have difficulty taking a break, especially in this
American Express surveyed 500 small business owners, and only 46
percent planned to take a vacation this year, which is an
improvement over last year. However, in 2006, 67 percent of
entrepreneurs planned to do so. While the decision may be hard,
consider that continued success comes from contemplating what you
do, and why you do it.
Top reasons for becoming a small business owner are
decision-making independence, personal satisfaction, and
flexibility for a better work/life balance.
To avoid burnout, take some time off so you have the perspective
to enjoy your journey and inspire new ideas and solutions. It is
important to the success of your business, and that is the driver
resulting in the job creation and innovation our community
Intuit, one of our Tucson employers, lists on its website a
guide for entrepreneurs to prepare to take a vacation. Its number
one consideration is planning around slow times - for many of us,
that time has arrived. School is out, families are gone on
vacation, and business tends to slow this month.
Burn-out is an occupational hazard for entrepreneurs. If you
don't take care of yourself while building your business and
dreams, you can do some real damage. The advantages of a break from
your routine can be invaluable.
Any entrepreneur will report the best ideas most often come when
you are away from the office.
Without the pressure of responding to "every crisis," the small
business owner has time to reflect, which often leads to innovative
approaches and solutions. Intuit reports vacationers experienced an
82-percent increase in productivity - and unfortunately the long
weekend doesn't have the same effect, so invest in a true
Health advantages are also abundant. Women who did not take a
vacation were up to eight times more likely to suffer from heart
disease than women who took two vacations per year, according to
Men who take vacations were 32 percent less likely to die of a
If you are wary of being too out of touch, plan a "stay-cation"
which can support other Arizona small businesses. But be certain
you are only checking in to the office as necessary. With the right
delegation and planning, you'll be set to comfortably vacation and
return re-energized and ready to elevate your business success.
by Donna Davis, CEO of Arizona Small Business Association
Inside Tucson Business