How to take a Workcation (or Vacation) as a Freelancer

Everyone needs a break every once in a while. If you’re employed by an agency or traditional business, it’s pretty easy to request PTO and take your time. The life of a freelancer is a little bit different. We have clients that demand our attention and it’s not always easy to put down our phones or computers and get away. We often feel like if we step away from our business that it will fall apart in our absence.

Taking a vacation or at least stepping away from work for a period of time is an essential part of ensuring that you remain your sharpest for your business. It doesn’t just come from working nonstop all the time. Understanding how your work fits into the grand scheme of your life is an essential part of working for yourself and is what allows you to balance your time and energy effectively. It may require some journaling, but it’s important to figure that out if you are working for yourself.

Even though taking a vacation can be daunting for a freelancer, if you plan, communicate, and strategize appropriately, you’ll be able to have the best of both worlds. In this episode we’ll dive into how I take vacations and give you some tips so you can, too.

“You don’t have to be perfect and you can take an amazing workcation and still make money and still provide value to your clients. It is possible for this to be a win, win, win all the way around.”

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In this episode Avani talks about:

  • How to plan your vacation and the subsequent work that you will “miss”.
  • Managing business development while you’re away.
  • How to manage your communication while on vacation.

Main Takeaways

  • Cancel all your meetings and check-ins and handle feed back asynchronously, but make sure to keep clear lines of communication for your clients and team.
  • Take a break from active business development. Only respond to inbound leads and put off actual meetings until you get back.
  • Prioritize your messages and projects so that when you check in, you’re efficient with your time and priorities.
  • Adjust your mindset so you believe that your vacation is an important part of work-life balance!


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