I started the Tip of The Week blog section in January, 2009 and haven’t missed a week yet– not even one! If you’re counting (which I just did), that is 8 years and 7 months and a total of 447 consecutive blog posts, including this one.

That’s a pretty good run; but all good runs eventually get interrupted, and this one is no exception. After 11+ years with PaySimple (another pretty good run), I’m taking a 3 month sabbatical. In fact, as you read this I’m already off and enjoying a much needed break. I’ll be back this fall, and regular Tip of The Week posts will resume on November 7, 2017.

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In the meantime, others at PaySimple will take over the Tuesday blog spot. You may see some older Tip of The Week posts resurrected, and you may see new posts in other sections of the blog. But, please do continue to check-in on Tuesdays for great content designed to help your small business succeed.

Taking an extended leave was a tough decision, and the thought of completely detaching is still a bit disconcerting. But, I’m going to try—with the full expectation that I’ll return refreshed and ready to re-engage with PaySimple and the many new challenges that emerge as we grow.

And, while you as a small business owner may not have the luxury for this type of extended leave—it is critically important that you give yourself time to take a break (if only a small one) to relax, refresh, and reflect.

If that sounds impossible—it isn’t. If you think you can’t possibly find the time—you can; if you recognize the occasional vacation as a key component of your business plan and for the success of your company. If you think your small business can’t possibly survive without you for even a moment—then you probably need to start rethinking operations, as a single critical point of failure is a significant business risk.

So as I temporarily sign-off, I’d like to give you a push towards taking some time off too, and direct you back to a post from 2015: How to Delegate Your Way to a Much Needed Vacation.

Lisa Hephner

Lisa Hephner

My name is Lisa, and I'm the Vice President of Knowledge, responsible for the management of corporate, product, competitor, marketplace, legal, and regulatory knowledge, and creation and dissemination of knowledge tools using these assets to PaySimple prospects, customers, employees, and partners.

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