In the UK, most employees get 25 days a year holiday entitlement. As freelancers, we can take as many weeks off as we like. But the reality is, we don’t. However, it’s important to recharge your batteries and take time out. That’s why one of my Top Ten Tips For Freelancers is to go on holiday.
I tend to take a week off in June and September, have the odd long weekend and then take Christmas/New Year off. It’s not anywhere near the 25 days that my employee friends get but, as I’m not on a retainer with any of my clients, I don’t earn anything while I’m away.
I say ‘no’ to laptops on holiday
I know some freelancers who take their laptop on holiday with them and continue to work/respond to clients’ emails while they are away. I don’ t do that. My goal is to have a complete break and come back rested and revitalised. I make sure I tell all my clients well in advance that I’m taking some time off, so I either get any urgent stuff written before I go away or it’s there waiting for me when I return.
I don’t have a holiday booked this summer. I know that sounds contradictory but I intend to take some time off doing day trips, visiting places in the UK I never seem to get round to going to.
How about you? How many weeks’ holiday do you take off in an average year? And where are you off to this summer?