“Retreats can be a fabulous way for entrepreneurs to pop the bubble they may find themselves in,” says Beth Buelow, founder of coaching company The Introvert Entrepreneur. “There’s a safety in the busy-ness that comes from putting your head down and throwing yourself into the day-to-day responsibilities of running a business. But that safety can lead to stagnation.”
Sitting and thinking is work, even if it looks like goofing off. “There is value in learning and absorbing, but in the past, I did that only in my spare time,” says Blue Buddha Boutique’s Rebeca Mojica. “I thought, That’s not real work. But it is real work, and it’s the kind of work that only I, as the leader of the company, can do. I’m the one who has the whole picture.”
It’s an investment in your business. “Generally the money isn’t that big a deal unless you’re doing something really outrageous,” Denise Blasevick of the S3 Agency says. “The cost is not doing it, in my book.