Words by hubbul
One of the best things about freelancing is the freedom, choice and flexibility that it brings. You decide when to work and play. In your free time, however much of a luxury that is, you have an opportunity to do something meaningful. So, incase you're twiddling your thumbs at home looking for a spot of inspiration, here it is...
Freelancing itself is an adventure - so why not go adventuring, but this time literally. Volunteer expeditions are not just amazing experiences, but also help your corporate social responsibility (CSR). Check out organisations like Frontier, who offer CSR expeditions in everything from helping endangered animals in Asia to working with indigenous communities in Africa. Do something entirely worthwhile with your time off and develop a really rounded set of life skills which will be invaluable when you get back to work.
Proof that you don’t need to travel across the world to do something meaningful between jobs: there are plenty of chances to get involved with charities close to your heart even when you’re sat at home at the sofa.
If you’re planning on volunteering at a charity, you’ll need to be sure on the difference between a ‘volunteer’ and a ‘voluntary worker’ in the eyes of HMRC. Volunteers don’t need any kind of contract and can volunteer whenever they fancy, but a voluntary worker to HMRC might seem more like an employee and have a contract still without being paid, like a charity shop worker.
What better way to raise money for a cause close to your heart by running the marathon, completing a sponsored ride or even growing a moustache? Sites like JustGiving or GoFundMe show you simply how to track progress, promote what you’re doing and stay on top of it all.
Sure, taking time off is a luxury. But if you find yourself with a bit of time on your hands in-between jobs, think about doing something other than spending it on the sofa. You’ll be sure to benefit from it and can take your experiences with you into your next role.