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Banking on holidays

I am self-employed. A simple statement, and one you can easily translate to "I have a terrible, demanding boss".

When you're your own boss and company, there's no 9 to 5, no guaranteed pay cheque at the end of the month. Your income is largely measured by how much effort you put in, combined with a chunk of luck.

Which means, basically, I'm bloody awful at taking holidays.

Time for time off

Big skies on Shoreham Beach
I can't entirely blame self-employment for this. I was terrible at taking time off when I was employed, too. That was more an combination of lacking exciting things to do, and really enjoying my job. It's deeply ironic to me that the one year I took my full holiday allocation at RBI was the year they made me redundant.

Occasionally I wonder if that final holiday booking raised a flag in the system…

But now, time off is time I'm not earning money to buy food and clothes for my family. I have no back-up, no support, no HR or sales departments. It's all about me and what I can achieve. And that makes time off sometimes feel guilt-inducing.

But, you know what? My family don't just need my money. They need me - my presence, my engagement with them.

So, I took this Bank Holiday weekend off. Properly off. I hung out with the family and had fun.

Decisions

Team Tinworth ready for walking

And, in a weird way, that turned into work. Because freed from being at the laptop coal face, I had space to think. And that turned into the ability to make some decisions.

And I'll talk about what they were - tomorrow.

Adam Tinworth

Living somewhere in the blogging/journalism intersection, and not particularly bothered about making a choice.

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