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3 Spaces to Use for Work While on Vacation

Posted by Red Butler Team on 12/ 23/ 15

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Most small business owners have to take working vacations at some point while their business grows. Having a plan will help you be more efficient and also maximize your free time.  You can stay productive even while enjoying a much deserved break from the office.  

We suggest using distraction free spaces to work in while on vacation so you can work more efficiently and have more free time.

 


 

A separation of work space from leisure space is important so you can enjoy your leisure time to the fullest. Here are three distraction-free spaces where you can get your work done quicker so you can have more free time:

1. Find a short term rental space where you can work.  There are short term office rental spaces all over the world, and many have offices you can rent for an hour, day, or week.  These spaces also usually have office supplies, so if you need to make copies, send faxes, or even use a desktop computer, they may have that available.

2. Use the local library.  Nearly every town has a local library, and they usually have study rooms or big tables for use. If you prefer a more comfortable setting, they usually also have large comfortable chairs.  This is an especially convenient resource to use if you are staying at someone's home. 

3. The hotel business space or lounge.  Nearly every hotel has quiet areas where you can get some laptop work done.  Check with your concierge for out of the way places to work where you won't be disturbed.  It may be tempting to work poolside, but if you are traveling with family it may be better to do your work quickly inside the hotel, then join them at the pool for fun. 

No matter where you decide to get work done, we encourage you to make the most of your vacation by minimizing the amount of time you are working, and enjoy each moment of vacation. Here are 3 more ways to keep your vacation filled with more fun and less work:

1. Delegate what you can before you go on vacation to help lighten your load.

2. Use Red Butler's virtual assistant services to work on tasks while you are away. Here are some things you can delegate to Red Butler while you are away.

3. Schedule very specific time each day to get work done so it doesn't take over your vacation.

 


 

Since 2005, our high-performance executive clients have helped Red Butler continuously improve our service model. Today our clients enjoy the service quality of an experienced in-house executive support team for less than the cost of one additional hire.

 

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Topics: Best Practices, Travel

Red Butler on the Road: Niagra Falls

Posted by Red Butler Team on 07/ 07/ 15

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Red Butler is on the road, traveling all across America. We are meeting small businesses throughout the USA and visiting sites unique to our country. We will post highlights here to enjoy and share.


 

Niagra Falls is the largest waterfall in the Northern Hemisphere.  If you plan on visiting Niagra Falls, you can find nearby accommodations if you are camping (about 15 miles away), or at hotels along the banks of the river. Parking is abundant (and free in some lots if you are at staying at the State Park). There is a lot to do, and you can choose to hike on your own or take guided tours.  Hiking is free, and the Falls can be viewed from multiple vantage points.  The iconic Maid of the Mist is a lot of fun if you want to get up close to the Falls to hear the thunder and feel the cool mist. No matter what you decide to do, your day in America’s oldest state park will be a memorable one.

 

Learn more about Niagra Falls here.

 


 

Since 2005, our high-performance executive clients have helped Red Butler continuously improve our service model. Today our clients enjoy the service quality of an experienced in-house executive support team for less than the cost of one additional hire.  Delegate to Red Buter to get more done, both when you are in the office and when you are travelling.

 


 

Topics: Travel, Red Butler on the Road

Red Butler on the Road: Lake Erie Wine Country

Posted by Red Butler Team on 07/ 05/ 15

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Red Butler is on the road, traveling all across America. We are meeting small businesses throughout the USA and visiting sites unique to our country. We will post highlights here to enjoy and share.


 

We traveled through Pennsylvania this last week, and found a beautiful stretch of road not to be missed if you are traveling in this area.  Along the northern border of Pennsylvania and New York lies a beautiful wine region, Lake Erie wine country, nestled in along the bank of Lake Erie.  It is the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies. There are about 20 wineries within a 10 mile area, and wine has been produced here since the mid-1970’s.  The award winning wines are well with the stop. 

Learn more about Pennsylvania wine regions here.

 


 

Since 2005, our high-performance executive clients have helped Red Butler continuously improve our service model. Today our clients enjoy the service quality of an experienced in-house executive support team for less than the cost of one additional hire.  Delegate to Red Buter to get more done, both when you are in the office and when you are travelling.

 


 

Topics: Travel, Red Butler on the Road

3 Reasons to Never Vacation

Posted by Red Butler Team on 07/ 04/ 15

 

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One thing many businesses have in common is that their management staff doesn't take vacations. Real vacations, not working vacations; the type of vacation in which one forgets what day of the week it is, and the cellphone is locked in a room safe.

We consider 3 things which may happen if you are in management and never take a "real" vacation.


 

1. Your staff will always be dependant on you to make decisions. If you are never gone, your staff will not feel completely trusted to run the business and make decisions without you.  This can keep them from reaching their growth potential. You may be surprised who shines when you are away for a short time, and what new ideas to fuel business growth emerge.

2. By never taking a complete break from the office, you will not know how well your business runs without you. A business should to be tested so it can change and grow stronger. If you have processes in place to make things run smoothly day to day, taking a little time off now and then should not have a big impact on your business.  Micro-managing a business can hinder growth and also make employees unhappy.

3. You won't learn great delegating. To be able to have a real vacation, you will need to delegate all your work to your team while you are away. They should be able to handle the day-to-day running of  your business in your absence.  Of course there may be certain key clients/vendors you need to inform ahead of time that you will be gone, but your team should be capable of running the business in your absence.

When you get back from vacation, check in wth everyone and see how it went.  You can use their feedback to improve processes.  The trust you place in your employees while you are away will not be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Since 2005, our high-performance executive clients have helped Red Butler continuously improve our service model. Today our clients enjoy the service quality of an experienced in-house executive support team for less than the cost of one additional hire.  

 


 

Topics: Best Practices, Travel

Executive Travel Tips: 3 Working Vacation Must-Haves

Posted by Red Butler Team on 06/ 10/ 15

 

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Work-life balance is more challenging than it was even five years ago. Travel is still frequent for many managers, resulting in an attept to try and "squeeze in" some relaxation time on business trips.

Even when a "real" vacation is taken, most executives admit bringing along work to do.  If you must take a working vacation, put a few things in place to make sure you have more time to relax, allowing you less work time on your vacation.  

 


 

Before leaving on your vacation, implement these three things to increase productivity while setting aside time for relaxing:

1. Get an executive virtual assistant in place.  This will allow you to quickly delegate any items which come up on your trip that can be handled by someone else.  Your team can use this service as well, allowing them to be more productive and not get overwhelmed in your absence.  Here is how your team can use executive virtual assistant services. 

2.  Download a time-tracking app like Chronos or ATracker to keep track of how you spend your days, and to set goals so you have a better work-life balance.  These types of apps will also show you what times you are most productive at work.  This way, you can schedule to work at those times on your vacation, leaving the rest of the day free for relaxation.  

3. Check with your hotel to see if they have a place you can lock your elecronics outside of your room so you have to go through the front desk to access them. Set aside time each day you lock up your mobile devices so you can relax more.

By putting in place these three items, you should have more time for fun on every working vacation.


 

Since 2005, our high-performance executive clients have helped Red Butler continuously improve our service model. Today our clients enjoy the service quality of an experienced in-house executive support team for less than the cost of one additional hire.

 


 

Topics: Productivity Tips, Travel

Room Upgrade Anyone?

Posted by Red Butler Team on 04/ 22/ 15

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After an early morning flight followed by a full day of productive meetings, you are more than ready to finally check in to your hotel and get ready for dinner. The room size didn't make much of a difference to you when you requested the booking with your Red Butler executive virtual assistant, but that was before your very long day.

At check-in you remember the hotel is giving you complimentary wifi and a room upgrade, a privilege made possible by Red Butler. Your long day will end in comfort.

 


 

You work hard. You shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort when you are traveling on business, but unfortunately a large number of business travelers do not have access to meaningful perks or privileges. After a long journey or business trip, a Red Butler Privilege can make all the difference in establishing a positive, worthwhile and happy travel experience.

Business travel has changed significantly in the last 10-15 years, most noticably perhaps in terms of access. Many business travelers who used to always fly in business class now have to wait until they have reward miles accumulated. Likewise, big lunches and dinners at 5 star restaurants are also a distant memory for many, with companies maintaining strict control over daily food budgets. Hotel stays have become less luxurious as well, with companies requiring rooms with minimal amenities.

Room upgrade anyone? With an instant upgrade to Black or Platinum status with the Global Hotel Alliance, Red Butler clients can expect complimentary internet access, 3pm late check out, next category room upgrades, a local amenity and more. Higher-tiered Red Butler clients will also access early check in at 9am, a double category room upgrade, choice of amenity and local brand benefit. Members are recognized and rewarded across more than 465 hotels, 27 brands, and 61 member countries. In partnering with GHA, Red Butler is setting an industry standard which is a cut above the rest. The extraordinary service you will receive at GHA partner hotels is how we feel our clients should be treated whenever they travel. 

 


 

We welcome you to try one of the participating hotels and enjoy some complimentary perks and privileges - submit your request to your Red Butler executive virtual concierge and they will request your booking.

 


 

Topics: Red Butler News, Travel

3 Travel Trends for Busy Executives

Posted by Red Butler Team on 03/ 26/ 15

 

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Taking a vacation can be challenging for executives, because there is  a compelling need to keep a pulse on what is going on at the office.  It is simply too difficult to completely "unplug".

A recent survey by Korn Ferry showed that just 3% of executives are able to completely unplug while on vacation, and 67% feel the need to check in at least once a day while on vacation.  Much of that is due to a simple desire to stay ahead of e-mail congestion.  

So what trends for travel for 2015 will help executives unwind and enjoy their vacation?

 


 

Here are 3 travel trends which can make you more productive on vacation but still allow you time to relax:

1. Hotels offering "unplugged zones" or a place to lock up your portable device (not in your room) so you can be free to enjoy the day without feeling the need to "just check e-mail for a minute".  Many executives lock their devices for a set time each day so they can immerse themselves in their vacation, and then have focused time to take care of urgent items.

2. Staying at co-working space in exotic locations - work a while in an office amongst like-minded vacationing workers, and then go get a surf lesson, go snorkelling, or simply relax by the pool knowing urgent office items have been taken care of.

3. Using a virtual assistant to take care of items that come up which you can delegate.  

 


 

To find out more about how you can use Red Butler to support you while you vacation or anytime you need a boost in productivity:

 

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Topics: Travel