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Tips for Taking a Vacation as a Freelance Writer

Even though it may not sound like it, working as a freelance writer can become stressful. You have a lot of clients to service, and plenty of work to stay busy. Soon enough this can begin to wear you down. In this case, you need to think about taking some time off. Even one day away from the office can do wonders for your professional life. When you finally return to your desk you will feel refreshed and more ready than ever before.

If you work as a freelance writer and are thinking of taking a vacation, use these three tips:

1. Prepare in advance. For instance, if you know you are going to be out of the office on a certain day you should not agree to a deadline at the same time. If you do, you will probably miss it and end up with an angry client. You don’t have to plan very far in advance; just enough to give yourself time to set everything up.

2. Don’t work on your vacation. Okay, I am as guilty of this as the next person. I find it very difficult to stay away from my work even if I am on vacation. If you are like me, take your computer but only use it for a few minutes each day. When vacationing I will check email, but never get into the habit of putting in long work days.

3. Grab some ideas along the way. Every time I go on vacation I look for new things to write about. This could be anything from a travel piece on a particular destination to a basic article on flying, renting a car, etc. You never know when a great story will come about.

Being a freelance writer means that you have a lot of freedom. With this, you can take a vacation whenever you want. Try to use the tips above to make the most of your time off.

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