The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Taking off as a Freelancer/Virtual Assistant

Updated: Feb 10

Taking time off as a freelancer.

Pros of Freelancing? Flexibility!

Freelancers are self-employed, and this offers them many options in terms of who they work for and also how often they freelance. The main pro of freelancing would be the flexibility that freelancers have when working. They are able to choose the clients that they work with, and also have more flexibility relating to when they take time off. Another benefit of freelancing is that freelancers are able to choose projects that they actually care about. It is also important that employers hire those workers that actually are invested in the tasks they need to be done, so hiring freelancers can be very beneficial for employers as well. Freelancing also allows people to choose whether they want to work full-time or part-time hours. It offers much time flexibility to people that want to increase income but have other commitments as well. Freelancing allows workers to choose their own schedule rather than reporting to someone else regarding time and when they would want to work. Even though freelancers are able to create their own schedules, it is important that they set goals in order to keep up with their freelancing assignments.

Pros of Taking Time off as a Freelancer

As a freelancer, taking time off offers important opportunities especially around the holiday season. One main pro of taking time off is the ability of freelancers to just take a break from completing tasks. Even though freelancers often work from home and are able to make their own schedule, taking some time off might give them important time to relax and prepare for the following work weeks. Giving freelancers time off will improve their morale surrounding the job and allow them to complete tasks more efficiently overall. Harvard Business Review reports that there are proven benefits to taking time off for employee productivity. Taking time off is important for many employees and seems to have the same benefits for freelancers that work remotely.

Reports also show that freelancers taking time off can lead to benefits for employers. There is actually a return on investment when employers choose to allow freelancers or employees to take time off. For example, when employers allow freelancers to take time off, it is more likely that freelancers will commit to their schedule and goals without requesting additional time off. Also, taking time off can lead to improved relationships between employees and freelancers due to this improved commitment to the schedule and their completed tasks.

Another important pro of taking time off is the ability to increase productivity of freelancers. Freelancers that choose to take time off will realize that this time for rest will increase their productivity when they go back to completing their tasks. A lack of time off can decrease motivation and accuracy of freelancers. It is reported that employees that don’t take long-term breaks are more likely to make mistakes when working, and this could also occur with freelance employees. Especially around the holiday season, taking time off can improve the mood and morale of freelancers as they are better able to focus on the holiday season and spend time to see family and friends. Overall, freelancers choosing to take some time off can greatly improve their emotional well-being.

Just like other employees, freelancers have the potential to burn out and become disinterested in work and completing their tasks. This again can lead to freelancers disliking their jobs and maybe choosing to take on tasks for a different company. Freelancers are able to choose jobs that actually interest them, but they can still become disinterested if they choose not to take time off.

Cons of Taking Time off as a Freelancer

There are also cons to choosing to take time off as a freelancer. One example is that freelancers that choose to take time off will lose their earnings for the time that they take off.

Depending on a freelancer’s experience and income, it might be harmful to their career for them to take time off. It can also be viewed negatively by their employer. HoneyBook, the business platform for freelancers, has reported that although freelancing is a very flexible career choice, 92% of freelancers work on vacation. 60% of these freelancers work

on vacation because they feel like they have to. CNBC further explains that for many freelancers, taking time off does not seem like a feasible option. For many, taking time off would mean potentially missing an opportunity or even being replaced because of the time off. Since these freelancers have no one else that can take on their tasks for a company while they take vacation time, they often must give up on the possibility of taking time off completely.

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