Episode 22: How to “Vacation-Proof” Your Freelance Business

When you think about taking time off from work, do you feel excited? Or is the feeling more like, “Will this ever actually happen?” This episode is all about planning, communicating, and setting things up so that you can take a vacation and feel confident that everything for your business is taken care of. 

It’s important to remember that it’s okay to want to work it all the time because you love your work. When I have free time, I will often use it to work. Time off from work is often seen as needing to leave everything behind, but I don’t believe that. If you want to take time off, it’s about a shift in the balance. 

To take time off, you’ll need to set expectations for what will happen while you’re away. This will involve making a plan that works for you and your family and communicating that plan to your clients. Just a few of the action items I discuss are:

  • Making sure all of your SOP’s are documented to help others that might fill in while you’re gone. 
  • Informing your clients of vacation as soon as possible. 
  • Checking to see what processes can be automated. 
  • Writing a detailed out-of-office message.

Listen for many more tips and details that will help you come up with the best possible plan to step away from your business in a way that feels good to you and take that vacation! DM me on Instagram to let me know what your vacation-proofing plans are. I’d love to hear from you!


In this episode:


[05:02] If you are someone who loves to work, you are not in the wrong.

[07:25] It has never felt right for me to close my business. 

[08:42] We need to prep and plan. 

[09:45] Document everything. 

[11:35] Give as much advanced notice to clients as possible. 

[13:55] What tasks can you automate? 

[16:52] Make sure all of your tech is working properly. 

[17:44] Do you owe anyone anything? 

[19:43] Set up all of your social media. 

[22:44] You don’t want to overdeliver after you’ve set boundaries. 

[24:16] Make sure you still plan your day with a rhythm that feels good to you.

[25:29] Give yourself a day to ease back into work. 


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I help service-based business owners looking to move away from overwhelm in your online business and toward the fun and freedom that clear strategy and scaling provide.


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