The festive season is fast approaching and there’s plenty to be excited about. But this can be a busy time of year, especially for contractors. Not only do you have Christmas to contend with, there’s also the challenge of trying to balance your work life.
With some careful planning, you can learn how to get everything boxed off before the big day to ensure you’re fully prepared for Christmas.
Set a budget
Working for an umbrella company means you have the comfort of knowing how much you’re going to earn at the end of each month. This should make planning your finances easier as you can set money and plan your budget.
Make a list of everything you need to buy early on and work out how much you’ll need to save. Knowing exactly how much you need to set aside will make the buying process less stressful and will guarantee you’re not short when work is quiet over the Christmas period.
Get all of those loose ends tied up before you take your Christmas holiday. Taking the time to double check that everything is polished off means that your clients should be well-informed of your schedule and all of your deadlines should be met in good time.
If you do need to work over Christmas, your clients should also be informed about the hours you’re available to be contacted.
Make time to relax
Just as it’s important for your work to keep ticking over, it’s equally as important for you to enjoy your off-time, and this is especially true at Christmas. Though this isn’t always easy for contractors, you should take some time away from your emails and switch off from work. You’ll thank yourself when January rolls back around and you’re ready to dive back into work.
You can find more tips to help you manage your work-life balance here.
How can Parasol help you this Christmas?
Whatever the season, Parasol can provide employment support throughout every step of your contracting career. Here at Parasol, we’ll take care of your financial needs, leaving you with more time to focus on what matters this Christmas.
For more information about how Parasol can help you, call our team on 0800 464 0409 or visit our contact page.