When do freelancers typically work?

Freelancers can set their own working schedules so most don’t work the same hours as office employees. It’s important to be aware of this so you don’t place unrealistic expectations on them or breach their rights. Here’s our guide to the most common working hours that you can expect freelancers to use.

They might not work on your project every day

It’s likely that your project is not the only one they’ll be working on, so don’t expect they will work on it every day or at consistent times. They get to choose when they work, so might take a break for a few days then get back on it.

They might work 9-5 but it’s unlikely

Freelancers don’t have fixed regular working hours. They might choose to if they’re disciplined. But as long as they complete the project within the time span then they’re not obliged to. This means that some choose to work 9-5, others break up their working hours throughout the day. Some work late at night and then sleep in the next day.

You can’t set their hours

They’re not your employee, they’re contracted to provide a service for you, so you can’t dictate what their working schedule should be and shouldn’t expect them to work the same weekly schedule as you.

They work in a different timezone

If you’re on different sides of the globe then your freelancer will be starting their working day when you’re going to bed. Make sure you compensate for this by scheduling meetings when it’s convenient for both of you and don’t expect them to be on Skype at 2am.

If you bear these things in mind when hiring freelancers then you’ll be much more likely to pain free working relationships and they’ll be able to produce the best quality work for you. If you have any questions please put them in the comments section below.


Joe Scarffe

Joe Scarffe

Joe is the CMO at Twine.

When he’s not moaning about the state of the music industry or public transport in Manchester, he works with the Twine community and handles social media, the blog and partnerships with companies and institutions.

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