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Why 50% of Small Biz Owners Forgo Vacation

By Deanne Katz, Esq. on July 23, 2012 6:43 AM

A dwindling number of small business owners are planning to take vacations this year according to a study done by Manta, an online community for small business owners.

Only 50% of the 1,200 people surveyed said they plan to take a vacation this summer. That's fewer than took a vacation two years ago when the number was 59%. Many owners feel that they just don't have enough time to take a few days off.

It can be hard to find some time off in a busy schedule, especially for a small business with only a handful of employees to keep things running day-to-day.

For those that do have time to take a vacation, the majority won't be spending all their time relaxing.

Of the small business owners that plan to take a vacation, 70% of them say they will still stay in touch with their business using their mobile devices.

Portable and wireless devices make it easy to check email, look at work documents, and stay connected when out of the office. But they can also be addicting as 10% of the survey's respondents admitted.

For many business owners, it can be comforting to know that work is just a click away. Instead of worrying what is happening in the office and whether everything is falling apart, an owner can quickly check in via email and then enjoy the vacation day worry free.

Setting aside a small amount of time to check on work can make the vacation more relaxing than if you set a no-work policy that ends up being stressful.

The survey didn't look at whether not taking a vacation is a good choice in terms of productivity.

While small business owners often feel stressed about taking a vacation, the choice to not take one may be a bigger problem. Taking a vacation can actually be a very productive and helpful thing for your business.

For small business owners, taking a vacation can mean losing out on personal interactions with clients which can be the hallmark of their business. But a large number of owners still find the time to take a vacation and hopefully can come back recharged and ready to get to work.

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