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Poll: A great one-week vacation and a very high-paying job come concurrently. What do you do?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "A great one-week vacation and a very high-paying job come concurrently. What do you do?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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See if I can do both - but if I can't, then I'd probably go for the holiday NOW, whereas a year or two ago I might not have...

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Go for the job! Oct 15, 2016

It depends, of course. If the tickets were nonrefundable, the job would have to really be worth it: it would have to pay more than twice the cost of the vacation, I'd say, and come from a really important client. If it's a client I knew would come back to me later, then maybe I'd take the vacation. It also depends on how great the vacation is.

I once dropped a course I was taking (I was two-thirds of the way through) because a large job came in from a new client I had been courting since forever. It paid off. They became my main client for the next 5 years and paid me 75% more than anyone else. I more than doubled my income. On the other hand, I never went back and re-took the course. It was required for a certificate in landscape design, which I ended up getting at another school. My studies were more about fulfilling a passion than creating an income stream.



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Teresa Borges
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It depends! First of all, I haven’t taken a week-long vacation for some time, I prefer taking long weekends (or weekdays) here and there (between jobs) and when I happen to take a vacation I always let my regular clients know well in advance. Returning to the case in point, if I’m traveling alone and I haven’t made any arrangements for the vacation (no plane ticket, no hotel reservation) I might cancel it and take the job or I might try to negotiate the deadline or I might even accept the job and take my notebook with me or… tough luck!

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Audrey Pate
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Self-confessed geek Oct 15, 2016

I replied "take the job" without a moment's hesitation then felt a bit sad because my answer shows just how much I love working.
But is that really such a bad thing?!

And anyway..the beauty of freelancing means that you can usually arrange other things around work to suit...


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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I'd take the holiday, because ... Oct 15, 2016

... in my case, at any rate, a holiday is usually reserved well in advance and involves other people, travelling companions, not just me, so to cancel the holiday would mean letting those people down badly as well as losing the price of the tickets etc.
I too always inform my regular clients before I go away for more than a couple of days so the likelihood of their offering me the amazingly well paid job is small. If they did offer it to me, I'd have to turn it down.


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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Take the vacation Oct 15, 2016

I think I deserve it. I've been working nose to the grindstone for too long, the only days off I have had since Christmas were for a family funeral.

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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I always take my computer on vacations, if the job is not too large, no problem.

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Niina Lahokoski  Identity Verified
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It depends - usually, would go on vacation Oct 15, 2016

As Jenny said. I usually plan any longer vacations in advance, and inform regular clients of them. I buy non-refundable tickets (and hardly ever only for myself), so canceling them is out of the question. If it is a favourite client and the job is definitely "my cup of tea", I might consider fitting it into my vacation schedule.
Of course, it's hard to say "no" to good regular clients. This year I've found myself saying "yes" so much that I'm starting to feel it - giving up one's summer vacation, and weekend after weekend, even if only to work a few hours every day, starts to tell after a while.

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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
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Vacation, of course Oct 15, 2016

Unless a crazy billionaire offers me millions, I'll choose vacation. This is simple: jobs (more of less well-paid) come all year round, while good vacations are rare

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Franco Rigoni  Identity Verified
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vacation of course! Oct 15, 2016

My holidays are always planned in advance and involve various people, why should I let them down? Money is good, but living exclusively for money is wrong.

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J.E.Sunseri  Identity Verified
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So much depends on the details Oct 15, 2016

A silly question, with all due respect.

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DZiW
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One week is too short for a vacation--at least three weeks!

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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One week vacation = certainly planed ahead Oct 16, 2016

The one-week vacation does not come concurrently with a high-paying job. It's something planned ahead, at least one month in advance. So what could happen is the good job could appear when your vacation is already planned. In that case, you shouldn't take the job, because a one-week vacation is something very rare for us, and it would be very unhealthy to cancel it bacause of a job. If you cannot waive a job every now and then, you are not in a good professional situation.

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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
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Holiday, of course... Oct 16, 2016

because it is planned in advance.

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