Do you work on the weekend?
Is your weekend still Saturday and Sunday?
Wait… do weekends even exist anymore?
So many people work from home these days, most retail and food service businesses are open all “weekend”, and a lot of business (like voiceover) is global now, so time zones mess the whole thing up anyway.
This thought came up because over the last weekend, I received two requests (early Sunday morning and late Sunday evening) from a video producer in Europe, in need of a quick turnaround for some voiceover.
Both times, I replied saying I’d be happy to get the recording done and over to them first thing Monday morning. (I thought about doing it straight away, but decided that I needed my day off.) And both times, the producer replied saying never mind, someone else can do it now.
Which is all well and good. I was having my day off, and “Someone Else” wasn’t. They were happy to be the person that guy needed at that moment. More power to ‘em.
I guess it’s another one of those “line in the sand” decisions we make as freelancers. Do I make myself available at the drop of a hat, and potentially have more clients and more income? Or do I honour my set work days or hours, which may limit some income but result in a more balanced life?
Or, do I just wing it and follow where the spirit leads at any given moment? This one is rather tempting to my spontaneous side.
Every voice actor – and other home business owner – will have different answers.
The traditional Monday-Friday work hours, with some Saturday mornings, works for me and my family because of our childcare routine.
And my need to spend all day Sunday in front of the fire, in varying states of undress with my partner. (My friends, if you can’t relate to that one, you’re officially working too much!)
I still sometimes work on my weekends, but I charge extra, and clients understand that.
Other voice artists might not have kids or partners and so working more flexible hours is their jam, baby. Some may be just more mentally capable to cope with working every day and they get their down time some other way. Like playing Candy Crush till 2am… or baking experimental birthday cakes before their 6am reiki session, I don’t know…
When I was coaching with J Michael Collins, an amazingly prolific voice actor and coach who appears to work about 27 hours a day, I asked if he ever slept and he replied “sleep is for the dead!”
So, you know, whatever floats your boat!
Whatever your fancy, you can probably make it work. There are bound to be clients and customers and other creatives who have similar fancies as you and it’ll all happen. Like I said in last week’s blog, this freelance business thing takes time, and choosing your work/life balance style is one of the decisions – or realisations – to make along the way.
What’s your style? Tell me in the comments. Are you a strict-hours-and-days kinda voiceover, or an experimental-baking-and-spirit-following sort?
Please somebody tell me about your experimental baking. Preferably using chocolate. I’m on an elimination diet and I wanna live vicariously…
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