Self Employed? Learn the secrets of a healthy work life balance
Poor concentration? A lack of enthusiasm? Constant nagging from your family for some time with you? These are all sure fire signs that you are working too hard and need a break ΓÇô even if you are self employed or running your own business!
For full time employees, the minimum legal holiday entitlement is four weeks, but for self employed professionals this plummets to zero days entitlement.
Here are some solutions to help you take that much needed time out and maintain a healthy work-life balance:
- If you are planning a long holiday of a week or more, let your clients know well in advance. This also shows you as being highly organised and well in demand.
- View holidays as being a necessary expense. Treat the cost of the holiday as a business expense, the same way you would tax. If you create a budget the break will be much easier.
- A great trick is to use a long weekend for fast rejuvenation! Take a Friday and/or a Monday off. You will be amazed at what a difference a short break will make.
- Alter your business plan. Structure your plan with the assumption that you will only earn money for 48 weeks of the year, not the full 52 to allow for holidays and time off.
- If you have a serviced office, or a virtual office, use the reception and telephone answering staff whilst you are away. They can pass on the message that you are on holiday to any clients who call for you and take messages. This saves you worrying about missed business or constantly ringing phones!
- Combine business and pleasure. If you are abroad on business and it crosses over into the weekend, use the weekend to sight-see, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Always remember to apportion the expenses to avoid any Inland Revenue issues.
It is understandable that you may not want to take a break from a new start venture during its infancy, but if you plan well ahead and work to some of the suggestions given here, you will be more likely to remain successful and focused on building your business.
To ensure your business is well looked after in your absence, a serviced office is a good choice when you ar choosing your office space. The reception staff will take care of phone calls and post so everything will be in order ready for when you return. Search the widest selection of office space online at officebroker.com ΓÇô a free search and consultancy service available in the UK, USA and globally.