All too often your business can run you. Taking a week-long vacation is now part of the distant past. You even cringe if you have to take one day off. And if you dare to take a long lunch, you absolutely dread looking at your phone and email. This is the reality of a business owner, which is more of a living nightmare and is not sustainable.
We are wrapping up a series about taking time away as a business owner. This week we’re not talking vacation or time unplugged, we’re talking about getting a little reprieve on the golf course, yet still accomplishing something for your business. That’s the best of both worlds.
How often has the golf course been calling your name but you ignore it because there’s too much to do and you don’t see it being worth it? Well, it is worth it.
Here are three reasons why the golf course is a great place to do business.
1. Take a Break From the Business Grind
Taking some time to yourself and using a few hours to reset can be the best thing for you and your business. This helps decrease the burnout, while still allowing you to get out of the weeds.
What better place to take a break than the golf course? Fresh air, exercise, and a chance to pursue one of your passions. Golf can be a great stress reliever if you enjoy a simple game. It can also be a great way to challenge yourself if you hit the course with others. No matter your golf style, taking a break out on the green will not only improve your game but also make your work life healthier.
2. Network with Other Business Owners or Professionals
Sure, you go to networking events, but the golf course is another great place to network. While on the course you can make connections that could blossom into relationships, opportunities, or potential customers. Not only will it be fun and in a more casual environment, it takes out the pressure and stifling requirements that a networking event entails. You can just be there for fun or be there for business, which sometimes one turns into the other!
The golf course is also a great place to entertain an existing client. This is especially true as we enter golf scramble season here in Louisville. There will be many requests to play in events or outings. You’ll have the chance to sponsor a hole, enter a team, and support local ministries or nonprofits. When everyone’s guard is down it’s easier to move conversations from the day to day tactical to the more strategic bigger picture dialogues.
3. Close a Business Deal on the Course
You’ve seen the movies; business deals are often created outside of the boardroom. They happen on the golf course. People like getting out of the stuffy offices. Stepping away from the office can allow you to work on business deals, such as signing a new customer, explaining who you are in an informal environment, or teaming up with another company for a new offering. Relationships are guaranteed to spark when you’re sharing an experience both parties enjoy.
Get out of the office and hit the golf course. This can save your sanity and help your business. Learn more about how to build a business that works (so you don’t have to) by signing up for our free upcoming workshop here.