Poll: Do you usually work "normal" business hours?
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Georgia Morgan  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Early mornings Aug 14, 2014

Early mornings work best for me, especially if the work requires a lot of concentration. And I mean early - 4am, in some cases. Then I'd typically work till about 10am. Have a break till about 3pm (wash clothes, cook and eat lunch, quick nap), then start again. Weekdays or weekends, it makes no difference.
Having said that, I don't work every day, or even every week, but when I do, that's the standard pattern.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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No, not really Aug 14, 2014

I am freelancer. I have my deadlines. I meet them. So it does not really matter when I work, that is one of the advantages of beeing freelancer;-)

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Teresa Borges
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Normal? Aug 14, 2014

As I said some time ago (another similar poll) the whole point of being a freelancer, at least for me, is to be free from a strict schedule and routine and to be able to structure my time and my pace in a way that best suits me. When work comes my way (and I accept it), I just do it, regardless of "normal" working hours!

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 14, 2014

I usually work "normal business hours"... and the rest! I work when there's work to be done and usually give it precedence over other activities, since it's my livelihood.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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No Aug 14, 2014

I have been working at full capacity for the past few weeks, and have been getting up at dawn (which is about 0530 here at the moment), starting work at about 0615 and working through to 1700 with a break of about one hour in between. I have been doing this for six days a week apart from Mondays, when I lie in until about 0800 and go out to do my shopping for the week and start work at about 1100 or 1200. I do not think these could be described as normal business hours.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Almost never Aug 14, 2014

I try to squeeze my work into regular working hours, but I live in a beautiful place (San Diego) with too many distractions.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Yes Aug 14, 2014

I am always available during normal working hours

But I don't actually work all of those hours

I only occasionally work outside normal working hours, and only if offered large amounts of cash


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No Aug 14, 2014

I see no reason to. Have no small children etc...

Let's have some better poll questions! I know it can be frustrating, when your question and options get edited by the staff so you don't recognize your own question. But at least let's try and introduce some more interesting issues, even anonymously.

I am not saying that the current poll question is irrelevant, but it has just been asked too often.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Got one, Yetta Aug 14, 2014

At a push, would you be able to answer a poll where "Other" is not an option?
_ Yes
_ No


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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I'm trying to, but... Aug 14, 2014

The answer is no because there are deadlines to meet (usually Monday mornings). And I do meet them, even if it means working nights or weekends. If I wanted to work only normal hours, then being a freelance translator would certainly be the wrong profession for me.

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Rudolf Frans Maulany  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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No Aug 14, 2014

In my previous experience because translation/Interpretation was not my main job(main job as medical doctor) I usually did not work in "normal" business hour.

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
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No Aug 14, 2014

And why would I? I enjoy going to the swimming pool, shopping etc. when it's not crowded and freelancing allows me to do just that.

After seven years in the business I don't have to wait anxiously for jobs to arrive.
I have got a handful of very good clients who are happy to wait a couple of hours for a reply since they want me to do a certain job. I have dropped all those "bargain basement" clients who assign jobs on a first-come, first-served basis a while ago so I am now free to schedule my time the way it suits me. As long as I meet the deadline (and I usually deliver well before I'm supposed to) my clients are happy... and so am I.


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