One of the best things about working for yourself is not having to ask for time off. You’re not made to feel guilty that you want to take time off to be with your family and see the world.
I’m going away, but my blog is still going to update. My business is still going to run and it will be here for when I get back. It’s important that when you do go away that you prepare before you leave.
Here are the top four things you need to do before you go on vacation.
Let Your Clients Know
Start by letting your clients know that you’re going to be away. Some clients I informed a month in advance. This was to allow them to plan for me being away and make sure there was another writer to pick up the slack. Or for them to get me extra work right away to make sure there was enough scheduled for while I was away.
Other clients I let know a couple of weeks before. They wouldn’t need me to write extra to schedule. In fact, some clients wouldn’t have needed me to say anything. Yet, I let all clients know just to be courteous.
The only time I don’t let clients know I’ll be away if is I’m going away for less than a week. I can usually plan my diary easily enough so they won’t even realize. The only ones who will end up knowing are those who need me while I’m away or those who were going to schedule meetings.
Get Your Own Blogs Scheduled
I’ve cut back on the amount I blog on my own sites for the time being. But my sites will have content going live. I’ve got a mixture of old and new content going live while I’m away.
Getting your blogs scheduled in advance is important. It helps to keep your site active.
But don’t just think about your blogs. What about your social media channels? I’ve got the majority of mine now ready to still get content out there.
All I’ll need to do is check in now and then to make sure things are running smoothly.
Set Up Your Email Alerts
I once went away for two weeks without autoresponders set up on my emails. I came back to people annoyed that I hadn’t replied to them. And boy did I feel guilty!
Now I make sure that I always have autoresponders set up for while I’m away. I don’t want to be answering emails the whole time. The odd one isn’t too bad, but I don’t want to deal with questions and queries. I also don’t want to lose out on potential clients getting in touch.
You don’t need a long, detailed email. Just set out why you’re not responding and when you’ll return.
Plan Your First Days Back
My diary is already set out for my return. The first two days back will be spent catching up on a few emails and getting back into the daily life of blogging. I’ll get work from clients after that.
It’s important to plan before you leave. The last thing you want on your return is to look at where to start. Your mind won’t be in work mode. But you don’t want to plan the night you get back or while you’re away. Get it all ready so you don’t have to worry too much about it.
Go on vacations. You really can as a writer. Just take steps to plan ahead before you go on vacation. You won’t regret it!
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