Out-of-Office, GovCon Style

As shared by Meg O’Hara.

Managing your small business while still finding time for summer activities with your family can be challenging. The summer season is often slower for many businesses, GovCon included. However, with careful planning and effective management strategies, you can maintain and even encourage growth during this period. Today, we will explore some essential tips to help you strike a balance between work and family, ensuring that you make the most of both.

  1. Plan Ahead and Set Clear Priorities:

Effective time management starts with planning. Before the summer season begins, assess your workload and identify any potential gaps or slowdowns. Use this time to plan strategically for the coming months and set clear priorities. Determine which projects or tasks require immediate attention and focus your energy on completing them efficiently. By having a well-structured plan, you can optimize your productivity while creating space for family activities.

  1. Delegate and Outsource:

One of the keys to managing your small business effectively is learning to delegate tasks that can be handled by others. Identify non-critical activities that can be outsourced to freelancers, virtual assistants, or subcontractors. Delegating such tasks not only frees up your time but also allows you to concentrate on core business activities that require your expertise. By sharing the workload, you can ensure that your business remains operational while you enjoy quality time with your family. If you need outsourcing recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask *matchmaker@govmates.com*, we know people.

  1. Embrace Technology:

Leveraging technology can significantly enhance your productivity and efficiency as a government contractor. Invest in project management tools (we use HeyOrca for social planning), time-tracking software, and collaboration platforms that streamline your workflow. These digital solutions enable you to monitor project progress, communicate with your team, and manage tasks remotely. By embracing technology, you can remain connected to your business while enjoying the flexibility to participate in summer activities with your loved ones.

  1. Nurture Relationships with Existing Clients:

During slower periods, focus on nurturing your relationships with existing clients. Check in with them, provide updates on ongoing projects, and explore opportunities for future collaboration. By maintaining regular communication, you demonstrate your commitment to their success and foster loyalty. Additionally, satisfied clients are more likely to recommend your services to others, expanding your network and potential business opportunities. Additionally, we’d also recommend checking out local summer industry and networking events. Attending the ones you can will help to keep you top of mind with industry partners, as well as current, and potential clients. Shameless plug here: if you’re a government contractor we’d love to have you at our June 14th Prime Another Day Networking Event in Virginia. You can find the details to register here. 

  1. Diversify Your Services or Seek New Contracts:

Summer can present an opportunity to diversify your service offerings or explore new contracts. Analyze current market trends and identify areas where your expertise can be leveraged beyond your current projects. Research government agencies or sectors that are in high demand during the summer months and align your business accordingly. By expanding your services or exploring new contracts, you can minimize the impact of the slower season and stimulate growth.

  1. Invest in Professional Development:

Use the relatively slower period to invest in your professional development for you and your team. Attend industry conferences, workshops, or training programs that can enhance your skills and knowledge. By staying up-to-date with the latest developments in your field, you position yourself as an expert and open doors to new business opportunities. Additionally, ongoing learning can provide fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that contribute to the growth and success of your small business.

  1. Take Time for Yourself and Your Family:

Remember that a healthy work-life balance is crucial for your overall well-being and the success of your small business. Schedule regular time for yourself and your family to relax and recharge. Unplug (no really, mute teams and your email) from work and engage in activities that bring you joy and strengthen your personal relationships. By prioritizing quality time with your loved ones, you not only create cherished memories but also return to your business with renewed energy and focus.


Managing a small business as a government contractor while enjoying summer activities with your family requires effective planning, delegation, and embracing technology. By setting clear priorities, nurturing client relationships, diversifying services, and investing in professional development, you can maintain and encourage growth even during slower business seasons. Remember to find a healthy balance between work and family, as taking time for yourself and your loved ones is essential for long-term success and happiness.