Eleazar Ruiz
Eleazar Ruiz. Graphic Designer Based in Vancouver, WA.


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How to Prepare for Vacation as a Freelance Designer


It's that time of year again when most people enjoy much-needed rest during the holidays. In the corporate world, you usually receive paid time off (PTO) and holidays as benefits of employment. As many of you know, this is not the case for independent contractors and freelance artists. 

I know the necessity of breaks, rest, and balance in our lives. So in the last couple of years I have made it a habit to take about two weeks off from freelance work. (Freelancers need rest too!) I make a point of excelling at rest and relaxation so I'm actually taking a break and not answering emails during my current break.

Here are four things I do to get my freelance business ready for my all-important breaks:

1. Plan ahead.

If you make this a routine every year you'll become pretty good at knowing when your vacation is coming, so plan ahead. Get detailed dates and schedule your projects around your vacation.

2. Give your clients a heads-up.

If you give your clients a contract with deadlines like I do, add a note in there making the client aware of your pending vacation during your work on their project. That way they are not only aware of your upcoming break, but they'll have actually signed off on it.

3. When possible, finish your projects before going on break.

When scheduling your projects, consider finishing the project before going on break. Some clients don't have the patience to wait.

4. Set up an automatic email response.

Don't forget to set up a friendly automatic email reply while you are gone to notify (or remind) clients and potential clients of your vacation. Thank them for reaching out to you and let them know when they can expect to hear back from you.

Take a break, folks! I am!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!