Switching from a conventional 9-5 job to freelancing in every kind of profession- from writing children’s book to web design, comes with all kinds of great new standards of life – and some real slaps in the face as well. For example, maybe you were shocked to discover that you no longer get paid for responding to emails, or sick days are a thing of the past, or just how much time and effort goes into finding new clients. With time, most freelancers who stick with their career change will learn to balance their time, charge their client’s enough to make their time worth it, and start produce better work faster. However, the one constant that is difficult for every freelancer is vacation time.
Once you’ve built up a list of good clients who regularly come to you for assignments, the last thing you want to do is lose one by spending time on the beach. In fact, many freelancers find it easier to just stay home and keep working, rarely going on vacations because 1) they enjoy their job and 2) it’s just too much effort to go on vacation. However, this can be detrimental to your psyche, and your spouses and family’s moods as well. So, start planning out how you will unleash operation vacation now, so that you can go enjoy a trip, get a reprieve from working, and still return home to a list full of happy clients ready to send work your way.