Ask any freelancer what they love most about working for themselves, and nine times out of ten they’ll say ‘flexibility of schedule’ – getting to choose their own hours instead of the ol’ 9-to-5 grind.
Don’t get me wrong, freelancing is hard AF (saving for taxes, never knowing when you’ll be paid, hustling to find new clients), but being able to work when you want, where you want and not having to adhere to someone else’s hours is something I don’t think I could ever trade, especially as a creative seeking inspiration (because as any creative knows, you can’t just flip a switch to turn it on). I love being able to choose my office from day-to-day, whether it’s at home or a local coffeeshop or a shared workspace – new spaces inspire new ideas.
But after the craziness of my wedding, I needed to escape the city and fully re-energize my creative spirit and the city was much to hectic to concentrate. I called up my friend Ashleigh, who is a freelance artist + designer, and we planned a mid-week getaway to Prince Edward County to unwind, brainstorm and plan our next moves as ladybosses. Turns out, escaping Toronto and leaving the daily grind behind for a few days was exactly what I needed to refocus my business, but is also a great way to just get shit done.
Looking to do a little creative getaway of your own? Here are the steps I took when planning a mid-week retreat for me and my (newly self-employed) bestie.