We know that as a small business owner, you have a ton on your plate, from tackling day to day tasks, managing employees, and planning for business growth. It’s important for small business owners to take a step back and schedule for free time. This will not only promote a healthy work life balance, but this can also help you see the bigger picture for your business. A little bit of time off can help your business’s bottom line.
Below are some ways that small business owners can make the most of their downtime to help their business grow.
1. Set Aside Time to Gain Insights from Others
Creativity thrives on different viewpoints and ideas. In order for your business to succeed, you need to allow these voices to speak: gain insight from your employees, customers, other business owners and even members of your family. Industry trade books can be helpful, but you can also try reaching out to customers directly to ask about what you can do better.
2. Read Books
Reading is a great way to keep up with past solutions, current trends and business strategies. Specifically, books by and about small business owners can provide direction for you in the challenges you face every day. Check out our list of must read books for small business owners to gain insight from the entrepreneurs and others that have come before you.
3. Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts are downloadable audio clips, often recorded in series that run the gamut of topics including science, history, entertainment, business, and more. Podcasts provide a convenient method of learning, as you can listen to them anywhere - driving to work, on a walk, grocery shopping, or at the gym. This convenience allows you to make your free time or daily commute more productive. Check out our blog post to reach a list of the ten small business podcasts that we find most useful.
There are a wide range of online resources and communities that provide a platform for you to discuss ideas, share advice and get quick feedback from fellow business owners and entrepreneurs. Many of these resources provide you with an enjoyable and productive way to connect with others like you and learn valuable business insight. Check out our favorite small business online resources.
4. Rest and Recharge
One of the key ingredients in creativity and innovation is hard work; another equally crucial ingredient is rest. Set aside some time to rest each week, and you might find that the distance rest creates from your business may help spark creativity or help you see a new solution more clearly.