Contracts Can you have holiday compensation?
Unlike in a company, where even an owner company is counted as an employee, the owner of an individual company cannot receive any holiday allowance. Firstly, you’ll be knowing if you are a freelancer or if you have a separate company - if you are a freelancer you can skip already to the next section - you cannot issue holidays as you would an employee. However, you can make your own withdrawal even during your holiday as long as there is enough money in the company account - more on this later in the article.
Therefore, you who run an individual company must plan your vacation carefully with regard to the economy. Of course, you must be able to be free from work, but then you either have to save money yourself for your vacation or that there is financial space in the company to make a withdrawal.
If you DO have a company and that company has ‘’employed’’ you and you receive a salary - well, in that case, there is a way to set up your vacation time as you would another employee. In which case, under the assumption, you are employed full-time and the business has enough money in your individual company you are entitled to holiday allowance entitled to at least 25 vacation days each year. In general, employees must have earned their vacation days before any vacation can be taken. But of course, as the owner/operator you likely have more discretion here.
Planning financially if you are a sole trader/ freelancer
There are a few ways to do this. The first would be to create a separate savings account to advance save your salary for key expenses - each month or each time you receive a payment you are able to put a percentage aside for future use. This is the easiest way but can also be difficult in light of cash flow and liquidity issues that plague freelancer life.
Another option is to wait for a large project and tail the completion of the project with holiday times. This can be a little stressful and somewhat edgy - because you may have issues if the project runs over time OR the client may fail to meet any settlement payment obligations. Overall, the essential idea here is that you would end one bigger project, take some time, and come back to another project - ideally a bigger one. This is very circumstantial though and can make it a little hard to plan a long time in advance - but, that also depends on the quality of your clients and their capacity and needs for you.
So, in terms of planning financially, the savings route is the best option - or you could even look at this as a yearly dividend if you like. Now, it is also worth noting that it is not just the expenses for when you are away that you have to cover - but also the expense for the month you will return. If you are thinking about the residual savings on a holiday (let’s say you are wanting a month off) it is basically two salaries (to cover you while you are away - for the time away, for when you are back) plus the holiday itself.
Meaning in an ideal world, you would save three times your monthly salary in order to afford a holiday without a care. The advantage of running an individual company is that you can take vacation as long as you want, and at any time. You are your own boss, and no one can tell you that any particular week or time period is inappropriate. However, it is very important that you plan in advance so that the company and your own personal finances are not affected.