Another Entrepreneurship Project of the  Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Entrepreneurs Need Vacations, Too!

To an entrepreneur—especially those in the
startup phase—a vacation may seem a forbidden concept. Most of the time even a lunch break may seem out of the question! But there is good news for entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to make their dream a reality or grow a startup: it’s OK to take a break once in a while! Not only is it good for your health, it’s actually really good for your business, too!

Business expert and long-time manager/entrepreneur extraordinaire Patty Azzarello, CEO of Azzarello Group, explains why it’s essential for people to take vacations every once in a while (and not feel guilty about it!).

Taking a vacation shows competency: if you’re a good enough manager, you shouldn’t feel like the office will suffer without your presence for a few days; you’re in control of your team and should feel comfortable leaving work with them in your absence

You’re not impressing anyone by overworking: no one wants to hear another person bragging about how they never take a vacation (or even a sick day); your employees and customers won’t think better of you either

Your team is motivated & productive: motivation goes a long way with an employee; by taking a break and encouraging others to have a life outside of work, you’ll empower employees to be motivated during work hours, too; the same goes for productivity—we all have projects that come up in addition to our regular tasks; if you’re off for a day or a week, others will have a chance to catch up and maybe even get ahead with their work rather than stepping away to complete the newest project at hand

Being unavailable helps others to develop: instead of seeking approvals on tasks, your team will make decisions and forge ahead in your absence; just be sure to train the team on your decision-making process so that the ‘flow’ of the work continues seamlessly

You’ll be more productive & prioritize better: stepping out of the office gives you a whole new perspective on your business; step back, brainstorm and think about the big picture; once you have time to think in a different environment, your most important priorities will surface and you can tackle them upon your return

Your team recognizes their importance: it’s good to let others ‘be in charge’ every now and then; if you’re constantly micromanaging and making all of the decisions, the team will think that you don’t have confidence in them – give them a chance to shine and you’ll see a positive difference in the team attitude and in your business transactions

It’s good for the company: team members that enjoy life outside of work are more likely to have a positive attitude in the workplace, and will be able to deal more effectively with any pressures or challenges that may arise

Everyone needs a break: at some point during the work year, each and every one of us needs a break… even if we may not think we do

Whether getting out of the office for an afternoon or for a week-long getaway, it’s important to take a step back once in a while and make time for yourself, your family and your friends. To read the complete article by Azzarello, as posted on, visit

What other reasons make it necessary for entrepreneurs or startups to take a vacation? Have you ever felt burned out? Did a vacation/break from the office help you recharge and perhaps gain some new perspective?

Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!


  1. Stephanie Bennis August 1, 2012 Reply

    This is an excellent post. As an entrepreneur, I’m having a hard time preparing for a 2 week vacation coming up this month in which I’ll be completely disconnected from my business. It scares me! But these reasons remind me that this vacation is a very healthy thing for both me and my business. Thank you!

    • wisesyracuse August 2, 2012 Reply

      It’s great to hear that you’re taking time for yourself, Stephanie! While it can be scary for an entrepreneur to take a vacation, it will help you to relax and re-focus. Enjoy your time off!

  2. piedfam August 2, 2012 Reply

    Excellent advice! Love your positive spin. I took a vacation last week, fully intending to check in on everything and keep up with my email, but b/c of a crazy amount of social obligations, family visits, travelling, lack of internet connectivity – ended up not checking email once or working on anything i had thought i would. And you know what? It ended up all ok!

    • wisesyracuse August 2, 2012 Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the post! Many of us worry about ‘checking in’ and staying connected even when out of the office, but we need to recognize that taking a break from voice mail and e-mail is OK. Thanks for sharing your story (and glad you got to take some time off)!

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