How to Handle Sick Days as a Freelancer
Sick days happen. And yes, they even happen to freelancers. But unlike a traditional 9-5 job, freelancers don’t get sick days, and few of us have teams that can make up our work if we need to take a day off. So how should freelancers handle sick days?
First things first:
Set reasonable deadlines. If a project is going to take you 7 days, quote 10. It sounds selfish, but both you and your client will thank you down the line.
Listen to your body. Few things help a sick person as well as rest does. Don’t push yourself to do too much, or else you’ll risk getting sicker and being out longer.
Communicate. If your illness is so bad that it’s going to affect a deadline, let your client know as soon as possible. If they respect you and your work, they’ll understand.
Build your network. It’s always great to have a trusted subcontractor to call if you’re nearing a deadline, or if you’ll be out for awhile (surgery, parental leave, extended illness, etc.)
And as fate would have it, I got sick the week I recorded this episode. All better now, but please take care of yourselves this winter!
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