Some might say never. Typically, I would count myself in that number. However, knowing how to leverage a vacation to meet your professional goals is an important service you may pay yourself and your growing business. As a real estate agent, I am always searching for opportunities to both expand my knowledge and customer bases. I’m a social person, finding it easy to engage strangers in conversation as I have a natural curiosity about people. As a result, I’ve not only made some great friends during my travels but generated leads and business as well. Furthermore, (consult with your tax consultant on this), vacation travel may become a business expense and valuable tax write-off when properly and appropriately documented.
It’s important to understand the distinction between taking a trip meant to be wholly restorative and one which offers a change of scenery, but during which you continue to keep an eye on the home front. While both require boundaries, the former demands a firm hand and commitment to leave the office behind and that means everything, phone, computer, paperwork. In those instances, the quickest route to peace of mind is to insure your business is being left in competent hands so that, once the door swings shut behind you, you may rest assured things at the office will be dealt with efficiently and competently. I know far too many people who simply cannot muster the faith in their peers and colleagues to let go, if only for a few days.
My family and I are traveling to our timeshare in Mexico tomorrow where we will spend the week. I’m treating this trip as somewhat of a hybrid. I’ll be off largely off the radar, yet checking in every once and a while. And, yes, I am bringing my laptop. One of my closest friends, also my mentor, is watching things for me, so I am absolutely confident there will be no need to monitor those affairs. Conversely, I’m traveling to a foreign country with an eye to real estate and how the industry differs from our own. I intend to seek a Mexican counterpart or two whose brains I will pick. My goal is to share their knowledge with you as a result.
I believe we tend to take for granted the legislative and industry rules which are in place for us and the public alike. I understand the world of Mexican real estate to be relatively under regulated, with fewer consumer protections. I could be entirely wrong which is why I intend to research the matter more thoroughly. Curiosity beckons and I will post my findings for you accordingly. Hopefully, it will be an enlightening and learning experience for us all.
In any event, whether you are traveling to far off lands or around the corner, think outside the box. Consider how you may leverage your trip to create opportunity and expand your horizons. You never know who you may meet and how they may of service to you, or you them.