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How to Plan for a Vacation When You’re Self-Employed

Vacations are your chance to truly get away from it all—your phone, your computer, your meetings, your commute, and house hold responsibilities. But why does it take so much work to get prepared for a vacation, especially when you’re self-employed?

In addition to worrying about getting to the airport on time, fitting everything in your bag, and making sure you have someone available to water your plants and check the mail, if you’re self-employed or you own a business you also have to make sure everything is prepared to be temporarily closed down or that someone is there to fill in as temporary boss.

Here are a few tips on planning for a vacation when you’re self-employed.

Get All Major Projects Wrapped Up Before You Leave

When you’re going on vacation, you definitely don’t want to be in the middle of a large, stressful project. First of all, you want to have a worry-free vacation. Second of all, it might be too confusing to leave a complicated project in the middle and come back to it when you’ve been off for a week or more.

As painful as it may be, try to get everything wrapped up so that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest and not worry about any looming projects back home.

Let Your Clients Know You’ll be Gone

When you’re self-employed you’re often working with multiple clients all at once, who don’t necessarily have your schedule memorized. Let your clients, especially those you work with on a regular basis, know exactly when you’re headed out of town, how long you’ll be gone, and when you’ll be back.

If you plan to be completely without communication on your vacation (which we would highly recommend for a legitimate break), then let them know. However, if you don’t mind check a couple of emails or answering a phone call in case of an emergency, be sure to indicate that on a phone call or in an email.

Give Instructions to Someone Who is Filling In

If you run your own small business and need to keep things in operation while you’re out, appoint someone to temporarily fill in for you at least a month in advance of your vacation. Walk them through any specific details that only you may know how to do, and instruct them on how to go about running the day-to-day operations.

If you don’t have anyone on-hand to do this in your office, consider hiring the services of a virtual assistant, who can handle phone calls and other administrative work in your absence. Want more information about what a virtual assistant does and questions about pricing? Give us a call toll-free at 877-554-0333.

photo credit: Jstar1223

Posted on February 28th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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