How to plan a for a stress-free vacation as a busy freelancer

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This year, I did something I never thought I’d be able to do.

I took two vacations.

In February, I spent about a week in Las Vegas for my wedding/honeymoon. And in August, my husband and I spent several days exploring Colorado.

Now, you might be rolling your eyes right now and thinking:

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Yeah, okay. That’s just not possible for me. I’m swamped.

But it could totally be possible.

When I went on vacation, I was freelance writing full-time and running my own blog.

In other words, I was pretty busy.

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So…

How did I pull it off?

Let’s go over the steps so you can plan your next vacation.

1.    Save, save, save!

Freelancing isn’t like a regular full-time job.

There are no paid vacation days – you have to work if you want to make money.

That’s why I recommend saving up before your vacation. Think about how long you’ll be gone, and calculate how much money you need to make to replace the income you’re going to lose.

For example, if you’re going to be gone for a couple days and you normally make about $250/day, you might estimate that you need to save up at least $500 extra to make up for the work time lost.

You may also want to consider taking on a bit of extra work before you leave.

2.    Finish all of your work ahead of time.

Let’s face it – the last thing you want to do is spend your entire vacation glued to your laptop, working frantically to hit a last-minute deadline.

And you don’t want to procrastinate to the point where you’re finishing a ridiculous amount of work the night before your vacation either.

So, get all of your work done far in advance.

Sure, it might require some late nights, but it’ll be worth the much-needed break you’ll be able to take on your vacation.

Or, you could always…

3.    See if there’s anything you can outsource.

Do you know another writer who could help with your workload as you prepare for your vacation?

If so, outsourcing could be a good option.

Writing isn’t the only thing you can outsource. Also consider things like:

  • Editing
  • Administrative work
  • Time-consuming tasks unrelated to work

Seriously – anything you can hire someone else to do will open up more time for you to prepare for your vacation.

A word of warning:

If you decide to outsource, only hire experienced people you trust. Otherwise, you could end up adding to your stress and workload instead of reducing it!

4.    Let your clients know when you’ll be gone.

Most of the freelance work I do involves regular blogging for clients, and they expect a specific amount of work from me every week.

So, I make sure to give them notice of when I’ll be on vacation at least a couple weeks in advance.

If you’re a freelance blogger too, consider offering to take on some extra posts before you leave so your client still gets the amount of blog posts they need.

With most other kinds of freelance projects, clients will understand that you’re going to be gone and appreciate the heads-up.

And if they don’t?

Well, they probably weren’t a good client in the first place.

5.    Prepare to disconnect and enjoy yourself!

I know it might be tempting to lug your laptop around on vacation, but resist the urge to do so if at all possible.

You’ll benefit most from your vacation if you disconnect from your work and focus on enjoying yourself.

Can’t afford to disconnect completely?

Set aside a couple specific times to check your email or finish some work. But don’t spend a ton of time on it if you can help it.

You can always make more money, but vacation time can be rare.

And trust me – prioritizing self-care and taking regular breaks from work will allow you to work more productively and perform better when you do need to get down to business.

So, go ahead – kick back and enjoy yourself.

You deserve it!

Have you ever taken a vacation as a freelancer? What helped you plan for it the most? Share in the comments section below!

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