What to do when business is slow?

August is typically a slow month for most businesses as many people are on vacation before the kids go back to school.  In fact, in Europe, many parts of the entire economy simply shut down in August. 

MSNBC Small Business has an article that says August is not the time to despair about the lack of business but is, instead, the perfect time to get organized and clear off your to-do lists.

However, they also warn:

Of course, summer also means vacation time. Many new entrepreneurs shy away from taking time off while they’re trying to build their companies, but veterans will tell you that taking time off is critical. Some rest and relaxation will help you come back with more energy and new ideas.

Sounds like a great idea to me. Of course automating and managing your business can be helpful in this regard.