How you can stop work interrupting your summer break
If you are lucky enough to be able to take a break over summer it can be great time to relax and recharge. If you’re self-employed however relaxing and recharging is not always as easy as it sounds. Notifications, emails, client messages and the persistent feeling there are jobs which need to be done can make it really tough to completely disconnect.
The good news is that a small amount of preparation and planning can really help you get organised before the holiday craziness making it easier to unplug, de-stress and get the most out of the time off you do have.
Manage expectations around your availability
Setting clear expectations around your availability will set the tone for your time off. It’s as important for you as it is for your clients to have a really clear understanding about when you are going to be available. This will make it easier to turn email and social media notifications off!
Ensure you have made your clients aware of when they will and won’t get a response from you. As long as deadlines and deliverables are managed you can afford to be disciplined with yourself and your clients about taking time off.
Tie up the loose ends
Knowing that you’re prepared for the new year will do wonders for your peace of mind. If you aren’t using a good accounting package to help manage your business finances we highly recommend you start! It will save a heap of time, effort and money, plus reduce the likelihood of things falling through the gaps.
Log expenses and capture receipts early to ensure your bottom line profitability doesn’t suffer. Similarly make sure any outstanding invoices are sent to clients. This is really important from a cash flow perspective as it minimises the chances of payment delays.
If you want to be super organised you should also use your accounting software to pre-schedule invoices and set auto reminders for overdue invoices. Anything you can automate removes a reason to tear yourself away from your downtime to do something work related.
Get your BAS in early
If you have to do a BAS why not get it in early? With all your expenses done and payments reconciled there’s no need to wait until the deadline* to submit your BAS.
“Because of the extended deadline I was actually lazier with my Q2 BAS than normal. I’d never be prepared and the deadline would sneak up on me. It always seemed to end up being more a hindrance than a help. I’d forget things and it would just take longer to pull all the information together.”
This may all seem pretty obvious or trivial but it’s these little things which can be the difference between real some quality recharge and relaxation vs. partial downtime spent fretting about all the stuff which you wish you’d already done!
*The Q2 BAS deadline is 21st February 2019