The Best of Both Worlds: Enjoy Summer While Advancing Your Startup

The summer season is clearly beginning, and it’s bringing up anticipation of your typical Michigan summers, full of bonfires, lake living, ‘up north,’ and so on. But, when you’re an entrepreneur, the typical work hours tend to not apply. So, how do you enjoy your summer months while continuously moving your small business forward?

Though you may miss out on some of the fun, one of the benefits of working for yourself means making your own hours. So, take full advantage, along with some of the following tactics:

  • Attend summer networking events.
    • Women in Defense is holding their first “no-host mixer” on June 4 at the Whitney Garden Party. This outdoor venue is the ideal networking location for the season. We welcome comments on other great, casual, outdoor networking events!
    • Keep updated on and industry professional groups for those networking events at ball games, on boat cruises, etc.
  • Use your breaks to get some outdoor exercise.
  • Take your work to a serene outdoor location.
    • Who says you have to work in your office? Grab your computer and head to your lakeside dock, a restaurant patio or even your own backyard. I would much prefer to hear the wind whistling through the trees than the hum of the HVAC system turning on!
  • Open the windows.
  • Go golfing.
  • Family or friends heading out of town for the weekend? No problem! Work remotely for a few hours each day.
    • A large workload is no reason not to go! Do some research ahead of time to find the closest coffee shop or library.
    • Plan your work day around the group’s activities. When my family goes up north, water activities usually start around noon. So, I have the entire morning if any work needs to get done.
  • Take the team for a weekend retreat.
  • Take a vacation!
    • You may be an entrepreneur but you’re also human. Take a vacation! Clear your head and get away, even if it’s just for a few days. You’ll come back refreshed and potentially with new ideas and a fresh perspective!

It may seem to take more dedication to fit these tactics into your schedule, but working for yourself is an extreme dedication in itself. You got this, and enjoy your summer months!

Joan Carleton
Marketing & Communications Manager
Macomb-OU INCubator

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