If, like myself, you find it a little hard to switch off while on vacation take note of a recent article by Rick Bisio for Entrepreneur.com.
He’s put together a few pointers to make progress in your business, career or passion project even as you’re sinking your toes in the sand.
1. Get reading.
Read up on franchising and entrepreneurship as you relax by the pool or on the beach. You were planning on reading anyway — why not make it educational? This is a great, relaxing way to continue working towards your goal while making sure you get as much relaxation as possible from your vacation. Don’t know where to start? Take a pick from my list of recommended readings for aspiring entrepreneurs.
2. Scope out the landscape.
If you think you may want to buy a franchise in or near the same place you are taking your vacation, this is the perfect opportunity to do some research. Check out the area to determine if you would enjoy owning a business in this location — and if there is potential for business growth. You even can visit some already established franchises in the area as a “secret shopper” to get a feel for what your franchise location might actually be like.
If you have a particular franchise in mind for your business ownership goals, find out if any current owner in your vacation area wants to meet you for drinks or dinner to discuss what it’s actually like being a business owner in that area. You can network and do your research, while also having fun with a new friend in the franchising business.
4. Relax and unwind.
Take some time to think about where you are in life and where you want to be 10, 15 or even 20 years from now. Build a vision of your future where you describe where you are living, what you are doing each day and what is giving you personal satisfaction.
(Read the article in full at Entrepreneur.com)