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Entrepreneurship - Dave Ramsey
America's trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His three New York Times best-selling books - Financial Peace, More Than Enough and The Total Money Makeover - have sold more than 6 million copies combined. His latest book is EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches.

Rejuvenate Without Worry

Rejuvenate Without Worry

Everyone needs a break occasionally for their own physical and mental health. But as a small-business owner, taking a vacation can seem like an impossibility. 

With summer just around the corner, I’m going to give you some tips for taking care of business before vacation in a way that should ease your mind and leave your company running like a well-oiled machine.

Make time for yourself ahead of time

A good leader should always establish business and personal goals. That includes taking some time off regularly. Whether you want to spread things out and take several long weekends throughout the year, or take the family on an extended two-week European tour, set your vacation goals ahead of time.

Make sure these goals are specific and measurable, and that your team knows about them, as well. In addition, be certain they are your (and your family’s) goals, and write them down! 

Preparation and delegation

Make a list of tasks your team needs to accomplish during the time you’re away. Then, meet with team members to make sure your instructions are clear.

It’s also a good idea to designate one person as your “go-to.” This is the person who will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company and handle any problems that may arise. Make sure this person knows how to contact you if an emergency should arise. And just as importantly, make sure this person understands what is and isn’t an emergency!


Your vacation will be wasted if you spend the majority of your time worrying about the business. If you absolutely must touch base with the office while you’re away, schedule these times in advance and limit conversations to 10 minutes each. The bottom line for your vacation time? Relax and have fun.

If you've hired good people, and done just a little bit of planning, your vacation can be stress-free and mentally and physically rejuvenating!

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Dave Ramsey is America's trusted voice on money and business. He has authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. His newest best-seller, Smart Money Smart Kids, was written with his daughter Rachel Cruze, and recently debuted at #1. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 8 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at

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