Should you take time off at the holidays? If you work from home, or you run your own business, you might be wondering if you should. The truth is that there is no cut and dry answer to this. The best decision will depend on a variety of factors. Below are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you make the decision.
If you have some money in the bank and haven’t racked up too much debt preparing for the holidays, you can likely take some time off without it putting you at risk. Even if you do not have much saved up, the chances are good that you can afford to take at least a day off to spend with friends and family. And since you still have time, consider working extra hours over the next so many weeks to build up your bank account a bit.
This is a big question. Most of us can take a few days off without losing clients or customers. Some businesses have strict deadlines. Giving you a week off may not be a possibility. As for customers, the holiday season is often when they spend most of their money. If your business is closed it could alienate them. Check in with clients to see if you can get work finished in advance; as for your business, consider taking your time late in the holiday season, around the New Year instead of Christmas.
While the holiday season seems like a great time to take off, it can be busier for business than other times of the year. Not to mention that traveling is often cheaper during other times of the year. When considering other factors, you might realize that you would prefer to take off to see family in the spring or attend a friend’s wedding across the country in June than take time during the holiday season.