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The hardest part about vacationing while self-employed as a real estate agent is to find the “right” time to travel, while continuing to serve the clientele who drive your business currently as well as those who come to you through referrals. There are many benefits to taking a vacation — stress relief, time to recharge, moments to connect with family and friends — but where is the balance between serving clients and taking time to enjoy life? Is a working vacation an acceptable solution?

A working vacation: time when an individual brings their office along with them while traveling, handling only the most important of business and allowing all else to be responded with a cordial out-of-office reply. Many real estate agents are used to the working vacation, trying to close deals from their cellphones while sitting on a beach, but the benefits of handling things while away are tremendous.

First, a working vacation allows you to build connections with others in your office. Instead of being completely self-reliant, this is a great opportunity to ask, “Would you mind covering an appointment for me while I’m away? I’d be happy to treat you to lunch upon my return.” Many agents are happy to do this for another, knowing that one day they may need a favor returned. In the meantime, you, the agent, will benefit from not losing business, and you’ll have a great opportunity for a one-on-one with your colleague over lunch to share wealth-building knowledge. Why not collaborate with your coworkers instead of competing against them? This strategy allows for interconnectivity in the office, while concurrently shaping a stronger, better-connected office culture.

Second, you can handle everything from your phone….