People say that successful freelancing calls for courage, skill and no holidays. Fair enough (really?), but who said that working cannot include a sunny beach, summer breeze, cool refreshments and time well-spent with friends and family?
I can see a suspicious look in your eyes already.
Before you go ahead and consider the above purely utopic, please allow me to hang on to the good side of freelancing and examine a few simple tips that can make your summer enjoyable and productive at the same time.
Internet, my precious
Plan your trip wisely; if you know that your assignments are likely to keep you busy over the summer, be realistic and do not book your holidays in some remote location off the face of earth. Even if you are not happy with the idea of a hotel or rooms to let with internet access, make sure that there’s a place with free wi-fi less than half an hour’s trip from your camping tent, or check for convenient data roaming packages. After all, browsing glossaries under your parasol, sipping on a non-alcoholic fruit punch, does not sound all too bad, does it?
Never without the essentials; reliable hardware
Internet’s all great and everything, but access to it calls for a minor detail…it’s called a computer and it comes in different shapes and sizes. It is preferable if this computer is bug-free, fully-charged at all times (if portable) and equipped with the right software for your activities. Treat your equipment to a nice service pack and anti-virus software before you go; it is most probable that it will return the favour. Moreover, make sure that you’re equipped with extra flash drives for ample data storage. It might also be a good idea to save your data in alternative spaces online, such as Dropbox or other cloud storage platforms. You never know when a salmon decides to munch on your USB stick when you’re immersed into this English-Finnish automotive glossary you found out the other day.
Time [harvest] flies
Apart from dangerous sunburns, you could also do without a burnout this summer. Therefore, while packing your summer clothes, try and decide how much time a day you are going to spend on working. Summer days tend to be longer and brighter, which means that it would not be a bad idea to be an early bird and spend the first morning hours working in peace. Make sure that you allocate enough hours a day to do your regular translating, emailing and accounting activities, as well as spend time with family and friends, who are most likely to consider you in full holiday mode. Set your priorities properly and be realistic about the volume of work you can undertake in a working holiday trip. It would also be a good idea to have a plan for your return, in order to avoid a panic attack upon your return to normal working routine.