Weekends are for working

Have pity on the freelancer, the entrepreneur, the home office worker — they work weekends. In fact weekends can be their busiest days.

For example, in my freelance commercial writing practice, Paul Zukowski Copy — I can take on a project Friday afternoon and put three evenings (F, Sat, Sun) and two 9:00 to 5:00 workdays (Sat, Sun) into it by the time Monday rolls around. For the corporate client, it’s like magic. They leave their office on Friday, frazzled and ready to kick┬áback and let loose for a couple of days, then drag themselves back on Monday to find — voila! — a whole bunch of copywriting is ready and waiting.

Then there’s the all-nighter — I’ve been known to take on a rush assignment I got at end-of-day Tuesday, work through the evening and wee hours of the night, and email it off at 5:00 or 6:oo a.m. Wednesday, maybe getting two or three hours of sleep before the client gets to the office at 9:00 a.m., logs into Outlook, and sees a finished draft is ready and waiting.

So when you see me putzing around the yard on a weekday, or wandering around the hardware store at 11:00 a.m., or starting cocktail hour on the patio at 4:00 p.m., remember — It may look like I’m retired, but I’m probably working while you’re snoozing.