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Poll: How strictly do you adhere to "normal business hours" as regards availability?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How strictly do you adhere to "normal business hours" as regards availability?".

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 03:11
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Normal hours? Mar 27, 2013

What is this thing you speak of?

The concept of "normal" business hours flew out of the window from day 1 as a translator. However, that's my choice, and I can work my schedule around my free time - whatever that is/was. icon_smile.gif


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 21:11
Turkish to English
+ ...
Fairly strictly Mar 27, 2013

I am available seven days a week, with a bit of time out for shopping and other necessities, but only during normal working hours - i.e. no evening or night work.

 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:11
Member
German to English
+ ...
Spanish hours Mar 27, 2013

I generally keep to Spanish working hours as far as availability is concerned, although I do work outside those hours. Not too wise on my part as most of my customers are in Germany ...

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:11
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
My hours are crazy... Mar 27, 2013

but I always manage to get the work done and squeeze in whatever else has to be taken care of.

 

Sarai Pahla (MD) MBChB
Germany
Local time: 20:11
Member (2012)
Japanese to English
+ ...
What he said... Mar 27, 2013

Julian Holmes wrote:

What is this thing you speak of?

The concept of "normal" business hours flew out of the window from day 1 as a translator. However, that's my choice, and I can work my schedule around my free time - whatever that is/was. icon_smile.gif


My sentiments exactly - there is basically time when I am working, and time when I am not working, and those times are in no way standardised. I also prefer it that way - sometimes I don't like working in the morning, on other days I like taking the evening off instead. Sometimes neither or both are options... too much variability to generalise (in a very good way).


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 19:11
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Normal business hours? Mar 27, 2013

There is nothing strict about my working hours. The whole point of being a freelancer, at least for me, is to be your own boss, to be free from a strict schedule and routine and to be able to structure one's time. When work comes my way (and I accept it), I just do it, regardless of working hours!

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:11
Member
English to French
Life balance Mar 27, 2013

Fairly strictly, with the odd Saturday/WE working because of poor time management.
I don't want customers to think I'm always available, and they don't expect me to. For emergencies, I charge 50% more for work to be done specifically at nights or WEs.

Philippe


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:11
Member (2006)
German to English
Same here Mar 27, 2013

Julian Holmes wrote:

What is this thing you speak of?

The concept of "normal" business hours flew out of the window from day 1 as a translator. However, that's my choice, and I can work my schedule around my free time - whatever that is/was. icon_smile.gif


But I am definately not available 24/7, I do have children and .... freinds

My hours do get out of hand occassionally, but I have cut that down a bit since this year.


 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:11
Member (2011)
Russian to English
+ ...
I try Mar 27, 2013

I try to work as much as possible during school hours, because it's extremely difficult to work with children around. However, I often find myself trying to squeeze a bit more time in here and there so that I don't miss deadlines.

 

Miriam Neidhardt  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:11
English to German
+ ...
Normal business hours Mar 27, 2013

I receive emails 24/7 but only reply Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM. Unless the client is in the USicon_smile.gif

These strict business hours are vital. They keep me sane.

Miriam

www.ueberleben-als-uebersetzer.de


 

Madeleine Chevassus  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 20:11
Member (2010)
English to French
business hours? Mar 27, 2013

business hours mean nothing when you work with California or with Singapore!

It doesn't mean I'll 100% adapt my working hours to the client's ones.

However I charge 40% more for work to be done specifically at nights or WEs.

I am in Paris,

Madeleine

[Edited at 2013-03-27 11:50 GMT]


 

Maria Danilova
Spain
Local time: 20:11
Spanish to Russian
+ ...
Have never been too strict Mar 27, 2013

Teresa Borges wrote:

There is nothing strict about my working hours. The whole point of being a freelancer, at least for me, is to be your own boss, to be free from a strict schedule and routine and to be able to structure one's time. When work comes my way (and I accept it), I just do it, regardless of working hours!


Agree with that.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 20:11
Member (2008)
English to Italian
normal? Mar 27, 2013

Being a freelancer means you can work any time you want, I try to be available when my client are at work, cause they could work and need something urgent, but if I want to go to the gym at 3 pm, I will, and the choice depends only on the workload.

 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:11
Spanish to English
+ ...
It depends... Mar 27, 2013

I am also going to school full time and have a shopoholic wife, so sometimes I have to break away from the computer, though not always by choice.

I always tell myself that I'll take a break after each project, but as soon as the next job offer comes in, I jump on it. I'm a glutton for punishment.


 
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