Not only do most work-at-home-moms deserve a vacation; they need one, and desperately!  Working from home while running a household is like having two full-time jobs (even if they both occur in the same space).  And if you don’t make some time for yourself, you’re bound to suffer from burnout at some point.  Depression, fatigue, and isolation will wear you down, making you practically useless on every front.  And while a small break here and there (a long bath, a night out with the girls, or a day at the spa, for example) is a good start, at some point you’re going to need a few days of rest and recuperation to get back to your sunny and efficient self.  So if you haven’t made time for a vacation in a while, here are just a few good reasons to start planning your getaway today.

  • Confer with clients.  If you have clients that offer repeat business (or ongoing employment) you need to let them know as soon as possible when you’re going to take time off.  As a freelance worker, you have the option to vacation whenever you want (one of the best perks of working for yourself).  But if your clients already have work lined up for you during that time, they’re going to need to push it off until you return or make alternate arrangements for another contract worker.  Disappearing at the last minute is not a good way to inspire further jobs from your customers.
  • Plan with family.  Although your kids are out of school for the summer, they may have ideas about how they want to spend their free time.  They could have designs on summer camp or plan to attend a best friend’s birthday party, so you may want to try to schedule your vacation around these events.  And if your spouse has a regular, 9 to 5 sort of job, you’ll certainly have to allow for approval of a time-off request.
  • Secure bookings.  Summer travel can be difficult even if you plan it months in advance.  By trying to book airline tickets and rooms in the middle of summer you could be making the job a lot harder.  So the sooner you set your dates and start looking for lodgings, the better chance you’ll have of getting them.  On the upside, airlines and hotels looking to sell out may be offering better rates as they approach the booking dates, so you could end up saving some money simply by procrastinating.  It’s a something of a roulette game, but you could come out a winner.
  • If you don’t do it now, you never will.  There will always be reasons for putting off a vacation.  Your workload won’t allow it, the kids will get sick, or you’ll suffer a shortage of funds.  Regardless of your budget, your workflow, or the latest family crisis, you need to get your act together and stop making excuses.  Just pack up and head out; you won’t be sorry.
  • Get back on track.  All work and no play can leave you feeling like you’re just not yourself.  If you’re facing a stranger in the mirror these days, one that just can’t seem to perk up, then it’s definitely time to reboot and get back to yourself.  A vacation will allow you to enjoy some quality time with your family, see a new place, and get in some much-needed relaxation.  So what the heck are you waiting for?

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