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Take a Vacation from Freelance Writing

Being self-employed as a freelance writer offers many benefits. And while most people think that it is easy for a self-employed professional to take a vacation, this is not always the case. In fact, I think it is more difficult for freelancers to vacation than those who work for a company.

As a freelance writer, you only get paid when you work. To go along with this, you are not given a set amount of vacation days at the beginning of the year. Sure, you can take off when you feel like it, but if you do, you can be rest assured that you are not going to get paid. This is much different than somebody who works for a company and gets paid when they take a vacation.

Of course, this does not mean that you should never take a vacation from freelance writing. If you are ready to take a few days off, there are several tips that you can use in order to ensure that you do not get behind:

1. Make sure that your clients know that you are leaving. You do not have to go into detail, but if you regularly communicate with a client, tell them that you will be out of the office. This way, they do not think that you are avoiding them or putting them off.

2. Get caught up before you leave. There is nothing worse than taking a vacation when you are already behind on your work. Remember, the work will still be there when you get back. And by that time, it has probably doubled!

3. Check your email when you are gone. I know, this is a big no-no. Most people believe that a vacation is a vacation, and this means no work. And while I agree with this to a certain extent, I like to stay connected no matter if I am on vacation or not. This helps to ensure that no fires break out, and that my clients are getting taken care of to the best of my ability.

There is nothing wrong with taking a vacation from your freelance writing workload. In fact, I encourage that you do so. If you decide to take some time off, use the three tips above to help you along the way.

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