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Celebrate Labor Day With Rest, Relaxation and Reflection



When you work for yourself, you get used to working really hard every day. But even the most dedicated entrepreneurs deserve a break. Labor Day is the perfect time to take a breath (and a breather!). It’s also a great opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments, reflect on the past year and think about what’s ahead for you and your business.


A brief history of Labor Day


It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the idea of a “Labor Day” was first introduced. Some credit the idea of honoring the American labor movement to Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe Matthew Maguire, a machinist, founded the holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.


Labor Day became a national topic of conversation in 1885, and soon a movement was underfoot to make it an official holiday. By the time Congress made it legally recognized in 1894, several states had already added Labor Day to their calendar of annual celebrations.


What’s on your mind this Labor Day?


Labor Day represents a time of transition, as hot summer days give way to cool fall nights. Kids head back to school -- which can be something of a relief if you’ve spent the summer keeping your kids and your customers happy! We hope you’ll celebrate Labor Day with a day off from work, enjoying an end-of-summer barbeque and a gathering with friends and family. We encourage you to acknowledge it’s mentally, physically and emotionally taxing to work for yourself. A day off can be deeply restorative -- and it can help boost your productivity in the long run.


For those of you who don’t fully unplug (we know there are plenty of you out there), here are three things to think about while you wait for the grill to heat up.  


  • Your accomplishments. Can you believe how much you’ve achieved in the past year? Take a moment to think about all your successes: Maybe you started a whole new venture, doubled your revenue or redefined your business offerings. Perhaps you hired your first employee or scored your first speaking engagement. Whatever happened, we know it took dedication, perseverance and courage. Congratulations!
  • Your end-of-year push. We know it’s hard to believe, but only three months remain before we say farewell to another calendar year. Remember those goals you set back in January? Now is a great time to dust them off and see if they’re still relevant. If they are, it’s time to think about your game-plan for making those dreams come true.
  • Your team. Your name might be the only one on your business license, but chances are, you’ve had all manner of support to get you where you are today. Labor Day is a great day to recognize everyone who helps you run a successful business, from employees and suppliers to loyal customers and clients. And don’t forget to say thanks to your friends and family, too!


Before you go

QB Community members, some folks want to change Labor Day to National Small Business Day. What do you think? And don’t forget to tell us how you plan to celebrate Labor Day this year!


1 Comment
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Celebrate Labor Day With Rest, Relaxation and Reflection

I love learning about the history, and also being reminded to take some down time this weekend! I am definitely that person who won't fully unplug, :smileyvery-happy: but I will certainly to take some time to reflect on this year send some appreciation to my tribe. :heart: Happy Labor Day everyone! 

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