Taking Time Off When You’re Self Employed

Mar 15, 2021 | Blog, Work-Life Balance

Since starting my business in 2013, one thing I struggle with most is work-life balance and taking time off. When does work end and life begin when you’re a solopreneur, hustling to make ends meet for your family?

When I started my business, I was still working a full-time “day job,” while also raising a baby. This was just a side-gig for me, with dreams of it becoming full-time eventually. That eventually came faster than I expected – both a blessing and a curse, I suppose. Being launched into the world of full-time self-employment was like drinking from a fire hose. The work was coming out of my ears (thankfully) but I was just one person. As the only one responsible for the work, how do I get it all done while also caring for my family and myself? If I’m not working, I’m not making money. How do I balance missed income and personal well-being?

Over the years, I’ve worked hard to ensure that I’m not working evenings or weekends unless I have to. Sure, I’ll answer emails, read up on trends, and “talk shop” with my friends, but I’m not spending hours on my computer. Could I do better? Totally. But I’m making an honest effort!

Entrepreneurs, by design, are overachievers. But we’re also human and need to make time for ourselves. For me, scheduling that time is key. I block my calendar off when I’m looking to take time away from work. Not only is that a cue for me to keep my schedule clear of client meetings and deadlines but it’s also a reminder of something to look forward to. Whether it’s simply just a day off, sitting on the couch, or a beach vacation, it’s something to get excited about.

That being said, I’m going to be taking a few days off this week to reset and recharge. While preparing and managing expectations is a bit stressful right now, I know I’ll be glad I made time for my family upon my return. 

How do you manage taking time off, self-employed or otherwise?

Here are some photos from my time off over the last 6 months: