25 Apr 2013

Business Owners, Leaders Need to Unplug Too

The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming and the neighborhood kids are getting antsy about being out of school for the summer. Summertime is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your family – whether it’s a day trip to the park or a longer vacation – but if you’re a business owner, unplugging from the everyday demands of your company can be a challenge. In fact, can your business survive without you?

If that’s a question you find yourself asking, it’s probably time to sit down and figure out how the business should operate in the event that you’re not there. Even a very small business needs to be able to operate without the owner in the shop each and every day. And feeling like you can’t take a week off can do a number on the quality of your business management and can have a real emotional impact. Let’s face it – everyone needs a break, but you don’t want to have to close up shop!

So, if you won a trip to the Caribbean tomorrow, who would run your business while you were gone? Have you been training someone to take your place? Who would do the ordering, the schedule, the finances? Or would there just be a closed sign in the window? Let’s say it’s more dramatic than a vacation. What if something happened to you? Would your business survive? Could someone step into your shoes?

If you’re unsure of the answers to these questions, it might be time to sit down with a business coach. At The Growth Coach, we know that being able to take a break, whether for your mental health or your daughter’s wedding, is extremely important, and we can help you get there. In fact, many of our owners and coaches have been in your shoes and honestly know what you’re going through – myself included. Let us help you find the support system you need to take that time off work to be with your family this and every summer.

As always, you can learn more about working with a Growth Coach on our website, www.thegrowthcoach.com and feel free to ask me questions on the blog anytime.