It’s nearly summertime and many employees will be jetting off on their holidays with the satisfaction of knowing they will receive their salary as normal. But, if you’re self-employed you don’t have the same luxury.

Being self-employed often means more flexibility to make your work suit your life style. But having that freedom requires some initial planning. Unlike employees who are entitled to holiday pay, if you’re self-employed then you pay your wage and it is your responsibility to budget for holidays and timeout.

So, taking a holiday when you’re self-employed is all about the planning. Here’s some tips to help you plan for your holidays.

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If you work alone then planning your holidays well in advance is imperative to give your customers enough notice to plan around you. The last thing you want is a learner planning their test when you’ll be unavailable.

If you have colleagues then try to coordinate your holidays with them so you can share the lesson bookings and keep your business running all year round.

Sometimes there might not always be a colleague to cover so think about investing in an answering phone service to make sure you capture any lesson enquiries whilst you’re away.

Seasonal trends

Remember to look at your past activity. Are their seasons or periods where the lesson enquiries are quieter? If so, then you might consider this a better time to take a break.

Budget

When you’re looking at your business plan then you should consider how many weeks out of the year you will be working and factor in those holiday bookings.

This will help you work out how many lessons you need to teach in order for the business to be successful and give you sufficient funds to cover those holiday breaks.

Once you’ve established when and how long you will be away then be realistic about what budget you have to spare for your time away from the road.

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It’s easy to see how you can get stuck in a rut and into a pattern of lesson after lesson. But, remember why you took up the job in the first place. Many driving instructors came into the industry to be their own boss and to have that flexibility.

A healthy work-life balance is important.

Even a short break away can help clear the cobwebs and give you clarity to see the big picture.

You’ll get back on the road feeling refreshed and rearing to go.

So, where are you heading on your holidays this year? Tell us more and your tips to taking a break on Facebook.