Vacation - Do You Disclose Your Where approxi friendlys?

Vacation - Do You Disclose Your Where approxi friendlys?

I clever't know you the number of times, in pastune, a frifinish has mentioned to me they were going on vacation in a few days. They might even know me they'll be gone for the weekfinish, or a whole week. What is always substantially after their return, I get a call from them.

"Aren't you on vacation?" I'd ask. Only to be tancient that they were back a week ago. In other words, I don't keep shut track of my frifinishs' vacation schedules. Sometimes I remark approxifriendly their trip before they've gone, sometimes, I think they are supposed to be gone but have returned, and sometimes I think they're back early, when they were to have been back several days ago.

How, though, does this impbehave your work as a freelancer?

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Well, conmiddler that while you're on a gun with a client, and they're tallord approxifriendly their upcoming vacation plans, and they ask you approxifriendly yours. If you know them you'll be gone the first week of July, or the last week of August, they lovely won't remember the specifics, and when an assignment comes up, the may well assume you're on vacation, and you'll lose an assignment.

Or, if your voicemail or e-mail discloses that you are on vacation, that client will call someone else for the assignment since you won't be responding to that e-mail (in their mind) even though you're lovely checlord your e-mail during vacation. Thus, even though the assignment was for the week you've gotten back, because you could not book it while gone, you lose it.

Since I don't keep shut track of the vacation plans of my frifinishs, I certainly don't expect my clients to keep shut track of when I return - and to wait for me to get back for me to sfinish them an estifriend, or know them I am available.

So, in my office, we don't discuss, in the future tense, vacation plans. If were on vacation, it would be "John is out of the office right now..." with no specific information approxifriendly when I'll return, that my office administerr would pass along. Or, "John isn't here now..." or something to that affect. 

Further, conmiddler this - if you're at a station in your career where the affordable vacation for you is a weekfinish drive to the local amusement garden, if you listfinish from your vfinishor that their vacation plans (recounted after the fbehave) included a week in Paris, a week in the Grand Cleveryon, a week in X location, even if that week-long trip was something you'd saved for for years, what are the chances that that the person who clever only afford the road trip will be jealous? The idea might cross their mind "must be nice being able to afford that trip...", and yes, that, in turn, could cause you to lose a $2k assignment. 

This doesn't make it right - that a client would judge their vfinishor love that. That clients are so quick to chose someone else when you're not responding (or not responding quick enough.) However, people do, and thus, clients do. Are you willing to risk the loss of an assignment during a date when you are not on vacation and are otherwise available because you discloseed your vacation plans, and clients were either jealous, or idea you were not available when they necessityed you?

Keep this in mind when setting up your absent messages and voicemail - even when you're journeyling for a few weeks or a month on an assignment and not vacation! Discloseing your lack of availability to prospective (and even repeat) clients quite possibly will cost you assignments - and income.

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