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Consider hiring a subcontractor to keep things moving when you have busy seasons where you don't want to say no to work.
If you want to subcontract work during your vacation, start the hiring process early as it can take time to onboard the right people.
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A freelance business owner can find it difficult to unplug and unwind when on vacation. There always seem to be deadlines to meet, emails to answer, clients to manage and marketing to do. This is all driven by the fear that you'll lose work or clients if you slow down.
For freelancers, time off work is time not making money. However, it doesn't mean you shouldn't take a vacation - it means you need to budget for it.
If your time off will impact regular client schedules, notify your clients a few weeks in advance. Tell your clients you're taking time off.
Build vacation into your schedule ahead of time. Then, block out the time you'll dedicate to vacation and plan around it when scheduling client work.
Without burning yourself out, front-load your work so that you can fit all your projects early. This is easiest when planning ahead and communicating with clients early so that they have a chance to send projects your way.
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