Nothing quite says ‘summer’ like long, lazy days, warm nights, Vacations at the beach, and… mid-year budgeting, right? Budgeting may not be the first thing you think of when summer approaches, but the season is a natural midpoint in the year to stop and take a look at your business to see if you are on track to meet your annual goals. If you need to make a correction, it will be easier to do it at mid-year than at the end of the year. So, before you leave for that beach vacation here are some things to consider as you approach the half-way point of the year.

Small business owners need to do a lot of different things, so anything you can get done automatically is going to boost your productivity. Small business technology has come a long way, so here are five tasks you can automate to free up more of your time.

Entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to improve their businesses. But the truly successful entrepreneurs—those who rise above the rest—are far more conscious about it. Rather than waiting for inspiration to strike, they make the effort to consider ways in which they can continuously improve every aspect of their business, no matter how small.

While it may be more challenging to remain hands-on as your company grows, it’s also more important to do so. Understanding what is going on in every department of your business is critical if you want to continue to expand.