Vacationing as a Freelancer

If you’ve been following along with our story about Bryn Mooth, who left her 20-year publishing career on May 2 to pursue a career as a freelance writer, you’ll remember last month’s post when she was in the glow of Week 1 of self-employment.

I interviewed her again in Week 5 to see how she’s coming along. She had scheduled a vacation for the end of her first month, and here’s what she said about the difference between vacationing as a freelancer and vacationing as an employee:

Vacation was COMPLETELY different as a freelancer, particularly because I spent part of the time doing what I now love to write about: cooking. I also found myself very excited to get back to my desk today, because I have two big projects that I’m eager to work on. And I’m not facing a constipated inbox and full slate of meetings.

In our interview on the Marketing Mentor Podcast, Bryn also shares how she’s:

  • Discovering what she doesn’t know
  • Getting better at managing her time, and making time for marketing activities
  • Trying to build a reputation in food/healthy living
  • Using online and social media activities, finding places to participate
  • Using her previous career as an editor to help her get ahead

Is vacation different for you as a freelancer? Do you work more or less? Does it feel different? Do you come back refreshed and ready to go?

BTW: Even if attending the Creative Freelancer Conference (later this week in Chicago) isn’t exactly a vacation, you are sure to return home refreshed and ready to jump right back into your work with gusto, especially if you’ve been feeling uninspired (or is it really unmotivated?)

3 thoughts on “Vacationing as a Freelancer

  1. Lynne

    One thing you definitely have to get over as a vacationing freelancer is the idea that you’re losing money by not working for those weeks when you’re on vacation. It can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes, but I really value my vacation and travel time, and it’s much less enjoyable if I am adding the money I am not making to the cost of the vacation. Instead, I try to think of it like this: if I were working full time somewhere, my paychecks would be evenly distributed throughout the year, and account for a certain amount of vacation time. As a freelancer, the checks aren’t evenly distributed, but still account for vacation time. So, the rest of the year is still paying for that time off. (See, I have to do a little bit of convincing to swallow this pill, but it’s worth it!)

  2. Lynne

    Vacation is completely different as a freelancer. You get very few vacations and you have to plan well in advance for them. As a freelancer, vacations are stressful because not only are you paying for your vacation you are not getting paid while you are on vacation. If you set aside money well in advance to “pay yourself” (at least in part) while you’re out, it can help alleviate some of the stress, but then you’ve got to pick it up double time when you get back — current clients to please, future clients to recruit!