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Should you Tell Clients when you are taking Vacation?

Even though it can be hard, if you work for yourself you still need to take time off when you get the chance. Many freelance writers, me included, do not like to be away from their work for too long. There is nothing wrong with loving what you do, but at some point in time you have to realize that a vacation is more than necessary at times. This leads to the question of whether or not you should tell clients when you are going to be away from your office.

Do your clients really need to know? This is the question that you really need to answer. If there is a client you speak with everyday it is probably a good idea to let them know that you will not be around. This way they know what is going on, and will not think you are avoiding them for one reason or the next.

On the other hand, if you do not talk to a given client regularly there is really no point in letting them know about your time off. As long as you stay on top of things and get them the proper work on time, you don’t have much to worry about.

As you can see, you need to handle this on a case by case basis. Of course, a lot of your answers will be based on how much time you are taking off. One day away from the office is much different than 10 days. If at all possible, attempt to stay connected during your time off. I know a lot of people don’t like to work on their vacation, but checking emails and voice messages for a few minutes per day can do wonders.

What is right for me in this department may not be right for you, and vice versa. Be sure to carefully consider how you will handle this situation.

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