CONFESSION : I work evenings and weekends

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in BUSINESS + LIFE | 14 Comments
CONFESSION : I work evenings and weekends

What? You work weekends?!?! No way. I’d never do that.

This is often the reaction I get when I tell people that I usually work the weekends. It seems that unless you are a freelancer who works 9 – 5, Monday – Friday, then you’ve not quite made it. You are still struggling. You don’t have it down yet.

There’s lots of businesses and coaching programs out there who preach that you can make money while you sleep and huge statements like, “Make $1,000,000 working 5 hours a week!”

That certainly hasn’t been my experience in business. What I HAVE done though is create a six figure freelance business working around 25hrs per week and with clients that I love.

Being a mum to two pre-school boys, the flow of 9-5, Monday – Friday isn’t possible for me in my business. Nor do I strive for it!

The flow of my week changes all the time but right now, I have 2 full days (when the boys are in child care and kinder) to work from home. We take the 10 minute walk to the child care centre from our home, I drop them off at 8:15 am and I’m back at the desk with a coffee for 8:30am.

I’ll then work through the day, with a lunch break or afternoon run, and pick them up at 3:45pm.

The chunk of my work is done over these two days with the other 10hrs being slotted in at the weekends whilst one boy sleeps and the other is playing with dad. Or in the evening, with a cup of tea, once the boys are tucked up in bed.

I’ve learned to not grip so tightly to routine and let things change and evolve organically.

So yes, I sometimes work in the evening or at the weekends. But on the flip side, I have 3 full days during the week and the rest of the time at the weekends to go to the zoo, spend the day at the beach, meet friends in the park or watch movies with my husband in the evening.



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Freelance is about creating a lifestyle that serves you. Not a job that restricts you.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear about your perfect week:

  • In your life as a freelancer what is the flow of your ideal week?
  • When are you most creative?
  • When do you need to get outside and play?
  • What does you down time look like?

 

14 Comments

  1. Katie
    18/02/2014

    I love, love this post Vari. I was drafting one of my own blog posts today around focus and productivity to go up next month and I think my favourite point was to ‘work when it works for you’.

    I’m a big believer in making your time work for you and that our creativity ebbs and flows. Who’s to tell us what’s right and wrong? Plus aren’t we freelancing/self employed for this very freedom!?

    Great post.

    Katie

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    • Vari
      18/02/2014

      I love that this really resonated with you, Katie. Yes – it’s totally about the ebbs and flows. I’ve always given myself a hard time for not being more of a ‘morning person’ but I’ve decided to be a little kinder to myself and let it go.

      V xx

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  2. Linda Kropich
    18/02/2014

    Love this post Vari, it is a blessing to be able to do what we enjoy workwise on our terms and have the luxury of taking the kids to school and not stressing about being at work by 9am…and be with people you want to work with..

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    • Vari
      18/02/2014

      Totally, Linda!

      V xx

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  3. Rosie
    19/02/2014

    Great post Vari!

    I’m also not a morning person and acceptance is the first step :-) My creativity comes in waves, but I do love the quietness of an evening where I seem to get a second wind and things just flow. Being a freelancer gives flexibility, freedom and choice.
    Plus I get to have lunch during the week with my inspiring friend and fellow poster above, Linda!

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    • Vari
      20/02/2014

      It’s ALL about the FREEDOM, Rosie!

      V xx

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  4. Nicki
    19/02/2014

    Great post! We’re so programmed to work the 9-5 that it becomes the ‘norm’. I try to fit as much as I can in 3 days and then spend 2 days on side projects or taking ‘me’ time. I have a no weekend or late night policy though as that is my time with my partner for fun, I suspect that routine will change when I have kids, and the beauty of freelancing is you can!

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    • Vari
      20/02/2014

      It’s so good to have those strong boundaries, Nicki. Congrats. And accepting that nothing is permanent and always evolving (especially when there are little tiny feet running around!) is super powerful.

      V xx

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  5. Sarah
    20/02/2014

    I love this post Vari! I love being able to meet friends for lunch or take an afternoon off and if that means a few extra hours in the evening then it is definetly worth it. I will be interested to see how I cope when I start having kids, you seem to be doing so well balancing your biz with motherhood, it makes me hopeful that it is possible!

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    • Vari
      20/02/2014

      Thanks, Sarah! For me it’s about not trying to multi-task. Being fully present in my business when it’s work time AND being offline and fully present for the boys when it’s play time.

      V xx

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  6. Emma
    20/02/2014

    You are very brave for putting this out there, and you make it sound so smooth and easy!

    I often find myself working nights, it’s when I feel most productive and it’s a good chance to finish of anything that I didn’t get to in my day. My problem, though, has been clients finding out I work nights and start dropping work into my inbox at COB expecting it to be ready for the next day! Luckily most of my clients are more respectful of my non-traditional work schedule. You have explained your routine so eloquently, and clearly stated your boundaries, that I can’t see how anyone could try and take advantage of the way you work.

    The lines between my work, family and play seem to blur a little, not in such a bad way, but because I enjoy what I do I struggle to switch off from work (because sometimes it feels a bit like play). To feed my soul I enjoy creative hobbies that challenge me. Last year I found myself learning to read the tarot, taking yoga classes, joining a singing group and (accidentally) teaching burlesque dance! This year I’m learning circus skills and continuing with the singing group. I’m keeping it ‘light’ this year as I intend to focus on growing my business, and making more time to have fun with my two young girls. I find it all helps to inspire me, and I bring that inspiration and creativity back into my work.

    Thanks for posting this, it’s great to learn about how others work :)

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    • Vari
      21/02/2014

      Thanks so much for sharing, Emma. I know exactly what you mean about clients expectations. It wasn’t so long ago that I had corporate clients in the city call me at 9pm asking me to be in a meeting at 10am the next morning and me scrambling to find emergency child care!

      I love that you are finding ways to be creative and PLAY outside of work. It helps us in so many ways to add more fun to every aspect of our lives.

      V xx

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  7. Melody
    21/02/2014

    Love this! You hit home with saying that people thinking that if you’re not working from 9 – 5, Monday – Friday, then you’ve not quite made it. I believe I’ve even convinced myself of it, at times.

    Ideally- I work best cozied up in my office with a cup of joe from between 9 am and 1 pm, and then again after dinner for a few hours. I work on weekends here and there, and don’t mind it at all since I truly love what I do anyway.

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    • Vari
      21/02/2014

      Absolutely, Melody!

      V xx

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