Now that the economy has improved, some company owners are reluctant to take time off for fear of missing out on valuable opportunities, according to Alice Bredin, small-business adviser for American Express. But the truth is "taking a break can help you to clear your head and bring a fresh perspective to your business," Annie Pilon writes. You can prepare for a successful vacation by telling clients you'll be away, asking employees to take on a few extra responsibilities and scheduling your break so it doesn't conflict with important deadlines, she writes.

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