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Tying loose ends – before tying the knot

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

How does one take a month off from work to go to Italy to get married?

I’m still not sure, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m just trying to be as prepared as possible.
Here’s what I’m doing:

  1. Vacation reminder. For the last month, my email signature has included: “Vacation Reminder: I’ll be away from September 19th – October 14th, 2010.”
  2. I told my clients. I have a few clients who use my services regularly, and I personally told them that I’ll be away and why. I wouldn’t want them emailing me or calling when I’m gone, and finding out then. They are important, and they deserve the forethought.
  3. The slow down. I haven’t taken any new projects in the last 2 weeks.
  4. The speed up. I’m finishing up all my current projects before I leave.

Here’s one thing I’m not sure about: Should I offer backup?
I’m considering providing contact info for another copywriter (whose skills I am confident in) should clients/prospects need work done asap. I don't want to leave anyone hanging.  

What do you think about this?

Also, do you have any other advice? How have you prepared for a long trip?

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