Getting sick sucks. There’s no doubt about it. Feeling unwell is never fun and it can be frustrating to have to put things on hold because you’re too sick to function properly.

When you’re a freelancer being sick is even worse. If you’re feeling too crappy to get work done then there’s nobody to stand in for you. There aren’t any sick days or duvet days where you can step away from work and know that your colleagues will pick up where you’ve left off.

There are deadlines to meet, things that have to be completed, emails to be answered, phone calls to make, accounts to keep up to date, invoices to be sent, payments to be chased and much more. Even just thinking about all these things can overwhelm me sometimes, and that’s without adding sickness into the mix.

That’s why I always try to be at least a week in front with my work. Anything that I can get done ahead of time I make sure it’s completed well in advance. I always try to have blog posts scheduled a week or more in advance and have articles written and social media scheduled for clients around a week in advance. This means that if I do get sick unexpectedly (when does anyone ever expect to get ill?!), I don’t have to worry too much about taking a couple of days off to recover.
getting sick as a freelancer

It helps that I’m the type of person who absolutely thrives on being organised. Give me a deadline to do something and I’ll have it done as quickly as I can and well ahead of the deadline. Let’s just say I don’t enjoy the pressure of leaving things until the last minute!

I guess I’m very lucky that I’ve never been seriously ill *touches wood*. I’ve never had anything worse than a bad cold or the flu that’s stopped me working for a couple of days. Thankfully I’ve not had to deal with an extended period of time where I’ve been unable to work and I hope that continues to be the case.

The other good thing about always being ahead with work is that I can take a day or two off here and there if I want to. As Thomas sporadically works away all over the world and we never really know his schedule, it means when he does come home we can spend a couple of days enjoying being back together. I can also ditch work and take the day off if the weather is good and I want to enjoy it – something that’s been amazing during this recent heatwave.

For me, it’s this flexibility that makes up for the downsides of freelancing, such as not having any paid sick-leave to fall back on if I need it. Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to being a freelancer but, for me, the pros far outweigh the cons.

Are you a fellow freelancer who feels the same?