Do you have a hard-working entrepreneur or business owner on your holiday gift list this year? What can you get for the guy or gal who really needs a vacation and a tax break? We’ve got you covered. Here at Trusty Oak, we work with and are entrepreneurs, so we have the inside scoop on what they’d love to see under the tree this Christmas.
It’s true that many business professionals rely on digital calendars or apps, but others prefer a tangible planner they can use to jot down notes, to-dos, events, and thoughts. Small business owners are wildly busy and need tools to control the chaos, so a planner is an ideal gift. Several of our Trusty Oak VAs use the Happy Planner from Create 365. We also highly recommend the Daily Greatness Business Planner, a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to set your intentions for your company, stay on task, and create your own actionable plan for 2018 success.
A Magazine Subscription
The business nerd in your life may be thrilled to see a year subscription to a popular magazine under the tree. Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Economist, New Yorker, Wired, Business Week, Fortune, Inc, and Fast Company are all full of inspiring stories and excellent tips.
Headphones or Earbuds
People who are running a start-up or dreaming big about their side hustle tend to work from non-traditional places: diners, the guest bedroom, and coffee shops top the list. A pair of nice headphones or wireless earbuds may be exactly what they need to drown out the background noise of their latte-sipping neighbors and get in the zone to make their dream a reality. They’re also ideal for traveling: headphones can help you catch some Z’s on an airplane or take a conference call in an airport lounge. You’ll get bonus points if they’re noise-canceling like this pair from Bose.
They have to fuel the productivity somehow, and a little caffeine pick-me-up could be just the ticket. Whether it’s a bag of locally-roasted beans or a monthly coffee subscription, you can’t go wrong with a hot, energy-boosting beverage. Many craft coffee companies offer monthly delivery, keeping your favorite entrepreneur tanked up and energized.
Books and Audiobook Subscriptions
Entrepreneurs are hungry to learn, and what better way to sit at the feet of the greats in business than to read? Consider wrapping up some sage business advice for them. Popular books for entrepreneurs include Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, and The 10 Laws of Enduring Success by Maria Bartiromo.
Many business owners prefer audiobooks, because what high-achiever doesn’t want to download some valuable information while on a run or commuting to a meeting? Maybe an audiobook subscription to a service like Audible fits the bill.
These ideas can help you be a gift-giving hero to a tired small business owner this year. And if you are that tired entrepreneur? Maybe you should give yourself the gift of more time by hiring a virtual assistant.