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“If you don’t take full advantage of the schedule flexibility that self-employment allows, you’re doing it wrong.”

Vacations are a minefield for independent creatives. While the full-time, salaried workforce can take holidays and still get paid, freelancers have to tread carefully—taking time off means not making money. And it’s not just a day here and a day there. Add up national holidays and the typical 15 vacation and personal days per year, and you get about five weeks of unrealized earnings per year.

Whereas the rest of the world takes vacation breaks according to corporate calendar dates, freelancers have both the freedom and pressure of unlimited time off. This is both a blessing and a curse.

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One of the primary perks of going solo is the ability to have complete control over your time off. However, if you work independently, your vacations must be planned with the same kind of purpose and attention to your budget as your work week. Otherwise, you’ll get urgent client phone calls when you’re lounging poolside or end up with sizeable hits to your bank account.

Make the most of your freedom by applying the strategies of these longtime freelancers who successfully balance work and play… (click here for the 5 Ways Freelance Creatives Make Unpaid Time Off Work)

 

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