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 back 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.