Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners how many vacation days they take each year. This is what they said.
▪ “We traditionally takes two weeks each year for vacation, at times when it is a little easier to get away without interrupting the flow of service,” said Kim Lewey, co-owner Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare in Raleigh. “Scheduling times prior to our peak seasons give us an opportunity to step back and recharge.”
▪ “I take between three weeks and six weeks of vacation annually,” said Sharon Tharrington, co-owner of ArtSource Fine Art, an art gallery and frame shop in Raleigh. “My husband is a teacher and he and my children have their summers free. So we thought it was a great investment in our lives and theirs to travel during the summer. Of course this would not be possible without having a great team working that allows me to be away from my workplace for long periods of time.”
▪ “While I do not have a firm number, I average around 20 vacation days per year,” said Joshua Hiller, owner of Hiller Law, a Cary firm specializing in business/commercial litigation. “One nice benefit to having my own practice is the ability to have some degree of control over my schedule to accommodate both professional obligations and vacation time.
“As long as my clients’ needs are being met before and after, and I am available while away, I am fortunate to have a lot of flexibility in this regard.”
▪ “I schedule a week off every quarter to travel, feed my spirit and reward myself for a job well done,” said Liz Bull, a weight loss consultant and owner of lizbull.com. “I also make a practice of observing the Sabbath because it is so vital to rest and renew each week in order to do one’s best work.
“How did I decide? The Germans credit their incredible productivity to mandatory six weeks (32 paid days) of vacation per year. I like the idea of being more productive.”
▪ “Usually one full week with a few three day weekends added in,” said David Crump, president of Employee Benefits Consulting in Raleigh. “I can take about a week off without everything falling apart.”