Woooo summer’s here. It might not feel like it just yet but it’s nearly time to grab the jandals and head off down to the beach for some well-earned relaxation time. But before you do, given you’re your own boss now, there’s a few things to consider when it comes to that little thing called your business. Here’s our list of things you need to remember before you jet off into the sun.
Make sure you save for a rainy day
Summer will probably be one of your leanest periods when it comes to work. A lot of businesses shut down for a few weeks and no doubt your clients will be on a go-slow for a wee bit as well, so there might not be a lot of work coming through.
So, this is the rainy day you’ve been saving for. Make sure you have some contingency in place to see you through. And, if needed, maybe try to pick up a bit of extra work now while it’s available so you can get through comfortably.
Tell your clients if you’re taking a break
You’ve worked hard this year and you deserve a break. So don’t be afraid to tell your clients when you’re on holiday and that you’re a no-go zone when it comes to work. They won’t mind, trust us, and will appreciate they everyone needs some time off.
Similarly, if you are working through or do want some work let them know too.
Set yourself up for next year
Hit the ground running next year by taking the time now to sort work and go for contracts that may be around already. Most companies will already be planning their 2017 so it’s not a bad time to start having those chats around what they need to start the year and how you can help. That way you’re not having to start from scratch come January.
Say thank you
Christmas and the holiday period are always a good time to take stock of the year and maybe say thank you to those that have basically paid your wages for the year. Have a think about how you can say Merry Christmas, it may be as simple as popping in a drink, coffee catch up or a lunch with your clients.
Hit the beach
You’re a freelancer for a reason, so go hit the beach, or take some time to hang out with your family – whatever you want. Use the flexibility your job allows you to maximise the warm weather and enjoy it. It could even be something as little as working outside. I mean this is why you became a freelancer right? So make the most of it – everyone else will be super jealous for sure.