As a business owner I spend about 95% of my time working. I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s well known that business owners almost always put in more time than salaried workers. So, with all of that work, how does a business owner get a break? We’ve been told that you can’t mix business with pleasure. But is that true?
These days business owners are having to find more creative ways to sneek in some fun and relaxation, even if you don’t leave the office. Taking the family along on a business trip is becoming quite popular. There’s even a word for it. “Bleisure”.
Here are some examples of business owners who are combining business and pleasure:
“I own a small business designing, making, and selling chainmail jewelry. I have a booth and sell at a number of craft shows and conventions. I’m established enough to do well at shows, but not profitable enough to employ staff to help. I always invite a few friends or my mother-in-law to help or even just to visit. It’s a great opportunity to chat between customers, they get to attend the show, and I have someone I can trust with the booth when I need to step away to powder my nose or check out the competition.”
“As the owner of a startup tutoring company, Suprex Learning, I work close to 70-80 hours a week on average. I spend the majority of my week at the office, but my life is not as dull as it sounds. This is because of my tactics that I use to enjoy my job.
Hiring friends- Thanks to the startup atmosphere and my connections that I made in college, I have lots of friends at work. I often schedule company outings and usually have a meal with my employees/friends. I am able to enjoy my job and the additional hours that I spend I do not feel as excessive.
- Company meetings and vacation- Since my company is not only based out of Houston but also located in Chicago and New York, there is always a place to travel. When I go to meetings in other cities I am also able to visit new attractions. In addition, I usually travel with a friend who also works at my company so I really don’t even feel like I am working.
Wes Warner and Troy Stark are the inventors of the first and only self-sealing balloon called Glooeys. Here is how they mix business with pleasure:
“As inventors of a new balloon product, we got to mix business with pleasure in the testing phase by working with our kids to figure out what worked and didn’t work. Now that the product is finished, we get the kids to star in our video productions, which often includes a party.”
Glooey’s is the first and only patented, self-sealing balloon.